Originally Posted by The Lorax
Have you considered adding a thread on the proposed expansion of the Texas Governor's Mansion? I think it has a large impact on development in downtown -- part of the proposal is to close Colorado Street b/t 11th and 10th, which is a negative to circulation and to the human, pedestrian scale that we've worked to acheive in downtown. They've also moved the significant transit connection that was east of the Mansion on 11th, pushed those who use Capital Metro out. Obviously, it's a loss to sacrifice the architectural and historic integrity of one of our most historic structures (one of only two National Historic Landmarks in Austin -- the other being the Capitol). It also represents a policy of the State showing a deaf ear to issues impacting Austin -- they should be our partners in creating a robust, vibrant downtown, but they appear to be working against us.
Along with the restoration efforts, we can talk about the street closure plan here.
Did they really decide to move the 11th Street bus stop? That's ridiculous. It's not even that close to the mansion anyway. Not to mention, it's the busiest bus stop in the city.