Downtown offers the best of Austin, amplified. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. Rock out or relax – it’s your call. LET’S GO


Downtown is the epicenter of Austin’s 24/7 idea exchange. This is where enterprises headquarter and entrepreneurs incubate, all harnessing our city’s incredible talent pool, business-friendly infrastructure and uniquely collaborative culture. LET’S GO


Downtown Austin offers residences to suit any style, whether you’re renting or putting down roots. This is where city excitement meets creature comforts – your walkable new neighborhood puts both nightly entertainment and daily essentials within easy reach.LET’S GO


Economic Development

Promoting positive growth downtown.

Advocating for urban investment to create sustainable growth for all of Austin.


Austin is a fixture of national “best of” lists. Earning the #1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Places to Live ranking is one of our latest accolades. The Downtown Austin Alliance is working to ensure our urban core is the “best of the best” — the best place to invest and invent, the best place to live and work, and the best place to play, indoors and out. Building a downtown that is universally vibrant and welcoming takes careful long-term planning, with a special focus on activating public spaces (50 percent of downtown is public space), improving mobility, and addressing affordability.

Planned Developments

What’s next for the neighborhood? Is your dream space in development? Check out projects under construction or in planning, including office/mixed use, residential, retail, hotel and parks projects.

Current and Future Land Use

To better plan for downtown’s future, the Downtown Austin Alliance did a complete downtown development capacity analysis in 2016. We analyzed downtown land use to discover how much new development would likely occur, given existing development regulations and property ownership. We then looked at how much more land could be developed if “opportunity sites” were developed to the maximum level allowed under the Downtown Density Bonus Program.

We categorized development into these timeframes: under construction, mid-term (planned projects and areas with adopted master plans), and opportunity sites (sites of at least one-quarter block under one owner that may be developed in the long term). If we only complete projects currently under construction and those proposed for mid-term redevelopment, downtown may grow by 50 percent. If we also capture the full development capacity of opportunity sites, current estimates and projections show that the built environment in downtown Austin has the potential to double in size. The Downtown Alliance, in partnership with the city and other stakeholders, must keep this potential growth front and center as we help plan for the future of Austin’s downtown transportation, technology, energy and other infrastructure components.


Innovation Zone

Cities all over the U.S. are seeing the rise of innovation districts, which are dense enclaves that merge the innovation and employment potential of research institutions, high-growth firms, and tech and creative start-ups within well-designed, appealing neighborhoods. This proximity encourages people from different sectors to socialize and collaborate on new ideas.
Downtown Austin’s east side has all the ingredients for creating an innovation district: the new Dell Medical School and teaching hospital, the planned redevelopment of the Brackenridge Hospital campus, the ongoing transformation of Waller Creek, the potential for lowering I-35 through downtown, the planned Austin Convention Center expansion, the new Texas Capitol Complex master plan, the new South Central Waterfront master plan, planned upgrades to Capital Metro’s MetroRail service, and the upcoming redevelopment of Plaza Saltillo.
Connecting these places physically, emotionally, and economically into an official Innovation Zone will take vision, passion and partnerships — and that’s where the Downtown Austin Alliance comes in. We’ve partnered with Texas State Senator Kirk Watson to help lead the effort toward achieving #8 of his 10 Goals in 10 years: creating a sense of place.