The Arts and Austin's Second Street District

<p>Austin's artists, arts organizations, and creative businesses contribute to the vibrancy, help define the identity, and sustain and grow the city's diverse cultures, especially in the burgeoning Second Street District.</p>
July 13, 2007, 1pm PDT | sbuntin
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Smart cities recognize that creating a distinctive downtown can provide both quality of life opportunities for its citizens and a competitive position in the global, national, and regional marketplace. The arts and culture of a community are main ingredients in creating such a distinctive place, whether expressed through the numerous activities that create scenes of cultural vitality and creativity that draw residents, visitors, and businesses to that place, or whether expressed through the physical urban stage-the cultural facilities, public spaces, and architectural and streetscape details-that support and encourage these dynamic activities to happen.

Second Street-and the southwest quadrant of downtown Austin, Texas, that surrounds this burgeoning retail district-possess all the urban ingredients and will continue to thrive as the projects discussed in this article are completed over the next several years.

Thanks to Simmons Buntin

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Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
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