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


Downtown Austin Vision

The Downtown You Will Always Love

More than 3,000 Austinites contributed their ideas for the future


The Downtown Austin Vision is a forward-looking framework that outlines the community’s collective vision of downtown Austin’s future and identifies long-term strategic priorities for making that vision a reality. It is organized around four priority areas:


  • THRIVING CENTER: Downtown is the thriving center of business and community life, creating economic prosperity for the entire region.
  • WELCOMING PLACES: Downtown is beloved for diverse and engaging parks, places and experiences that attract and welcome everyone.
  • GROWING NEIGHBORHOODS: Downtown is a growing and ever-evolving tapestry of complete, vibrant and walkable neighborhoods and districts that express Austin’s authentic character—history, art, music, nature and culture.
  • LEADING MOBILITY: Downtown is the leader and champion of innovative urban transportation alternatives.


The Vision instills a broad sense of ownership and urgency around shaping the next era of downtown and provides everyone a clear and direct compass to point downtown in the right direction.


Moving forward, the Downtown Alliance is committing the leadership and perseverance to bring the Downtown Austin Vision to life. The Vision will guide and shape our work for years to come. We hope you will join us in our commitment to making our downtown The Downtown You Will Always Love.

Downtown Austin Vision Reports


Full Downtown Austin Vision Report


Executive summary for the Downtown Austin Vision Report


Download report on focus groups and key leader interviews from Group Solutions RJW. 
Download engagement report on The Community’s Table events from Public City. 
Download report on community survey results from M. Crane & Associates, Inc. 


Leadership from Austin Advocates

The Downtown Austin Vision was initiated by the Downtown Austin Alliance and guided by a 20-member Steering Committee. The committee members provided leadership, guidance and a diversity of expertise throughout the visioning process. They actively reviewed research, engaged in thoughtful discussion, listened to the voice of the broader community, and eventually adopted a vision and strategic priorities for shaping the future of downtown Austin.
Mike Kennedy, Chair, Avison Young
David Bodenman, Highland Resources Inc.
Barbary Brunner, Austin Technology Council
Greg Canally, City of Austin
Donna Carter, Carter Design Associates
John-Michael Cortez, Office of Mayor Steve Adler
Mario Flores, Mario Flores Attorney at Law
Jerry Frey, CBRE
Charles Heimsath, Capitol Market Research
Todd Hemingson, Capital Metro
Tim Hendricks, Cousins Properties Inc.
Christopher Kennedy, Leadership Austin
Mike Kennedy, Avison Young
Tim LaFrey, Seton Healthcare Family
Teddy McDaniel III, Austin Area Urban League
Carol Polumbo, McCall, Parkhurst & Horton L.L.P
Belinda Powell, Community Volunteer
Jim Ritts, Austin Theatre Alliance
David Smith, United Way for Greater Austin
Robert D. Thomas, Texas Facilities Commission
Jennifer Wiebrand, Gables Residential
Dewitt Peart, Downtown Austin Alliance

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Downtown Austin Vision