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September Urban Core Happy Hour

When: Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Business Sponsor: Massage.com
Where: Blu Dot Austin, 416 West Cesar Chavez (Corner of Cesar Chavez and San Antonio) map | transit


About Massage.com

Massage.com sends a licensed massage therapist directly to your door! Book online, select a date and time, then enjoy your in-home massage.

Downtown Austin residents receive a special discount: enter promotion code ‘urban20‘ to save $20 on an in-home massage.

About Blu Dot

No joke. We started as three college friends who loved modern furniture, but had a problem. The things we liked we couldn’t afford. And the things we could afford, we didn’t like. So we began designing and making the furniture we wanted. Turns out that other people had the same problem, and our products offered them a solution – accessible modern design. Sixteen years later, not a lot has changed. We’re still designing things we love. And having a laugh doing it. Good design doesn’t always have to be serious, does it?



Urban Core Happy Hour Format – PLEASE READ!
DANA Urban Core Happy Hours are open to all that have an interest in Downtown Austin. Please note, however, that at Urban Core Happy Hours DANA Members get in free, and non-members will be asked to pay $10. Entry into event includes food and drink tickets (until we run out!). Due to the popularity of these events, we cannot make any exceptions on entry.

We encourage RSVP’ing to the event so that we may have as accurate of a headcount as possible, but please note that if you are a non-member who has RSVP’d – you will still have to pay the entry fee to the event. If you have a question regarding the status of your membership, please email info@downtownaustin.org.

If you’re not a DANA Member and would like to be, you can sign up at the Urban Core Happy Hour, or you can click here to be directed to our Membership page to join now. Membership includes free entry to Urban Core Happy Hours for one year after your sign up date!

DANA Letter Regarding Proposed Amendment to COA Code 9-2-21


June Education Forum Recap: Pease Park Master Plan


Mr. McGovern presented a program on the Pease Park Master Plan being organized by Pease Park Conservancy and PARD for historic Pease Park in a true successful public private partnership. The Pease Park Conservancy, Chaired by Richard Craig, has raised over $250,000 for the Master Plan that will emphasize the natural beauty of the park and the Shoal Creek Greenbelt, just off of downtown.

The new park infrastructure and support structures will allow for additional park programming in Pease Park. The Master Plan team will design a network of trail systems connecting the different areas/regions of Pease Park, as well as connecting to the Shoal Creek Greenbelt that will allow the flow for pedestrian and bicyclists to and through Pease Park, connecting the park to downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. There will be a number of B-cycle stations in the plan that will service Pease Park.

The Pease Park plan recognizes the need to promote optional modes of transportation to and through the park from our growing density of downtown and central Austin.

Once the Pease Park Master Plan is approved by City commissions and Austin City council, Pease Park Conservancy will begin fundraising for the implementation of the plan and developing a Pease Park Operational/Maintenance Plan. The emphasis of the Pease Park Master Plan is retaining the natural beauty of centrally located historic Pease Park, while bringing modern elements of design and functional infrastructure to make Pease Park the modern and sustainable park for future generations to enjoy.

Interested in learning about important happenings in the neighborhood?  Our monthly Educational Forums are a great way to stay informed and get access to decision makers.  They happen on the 3rd Monday of each month, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Details for July’s forum will be published in the next two weeks.

DANA I-35 Cut and Cap Forum

You’re Invited!
DANA I-35 Cut and Cap Forum
Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 10am-12noon
Eleven Apartments, Sky Lounge, 811 E. 11th St., 78702 (map | transit)

Join DANA, other informed neighbors, and a panel of experts for an interactive discussion regarding I-35 Cut and Cap. Our venue was specifically chosen for its excellent view of I-35!

Panelists to include:

  • *Mateo Barnstone, Chair of the North Central I-35 Neighborhood Coalition (NCINC2)
  • *Greg Anderson, Policy Advisor, Office of Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole (tentative)
  • *Council Member Chris Riley
  • *Pam Power
  • *Heyden Walker

This event is FREE and open to the public, and cash bar and complimentary light refreshments will be available.


10:05-10:15: Welcome
10:15-11:15: Interactive Discussion
11:15-11:30: What’s next?

Policy Forum Tonight at 6:30


The Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA) holds a monthly policy forum. This month’s forum is tonight, and you’re welcome to attend! (Please RSVP to info@downtownaustin.org so we know how many to expect!)

WHAT: DANA Policy Forum
WHEN: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Austonian (200 Congress), 10th Floor Conference Room

Just tell the folks at the front desk that you’re there for the DANA meeting, and they’ll guide you.

We have a few special guests.

Mitchell McGovern, past DANA president, will present on the Pease Park Master Plan and the Shoal Creek Greenbelt.

Michael McGill and Greg Anderson, both from Council Member Sheryl Cole’s office, will be present to discuss and field questions concerning recent and future policy issues regarding transportation, micro-units, and point towers, and how they affect downtown.

Tentative agenda:

  1. Pease Park Master Plan and the Shoal Creek Greenbelt (http://www.austintexas.gov/department/pease-district-park-master-plan).
  2. Transportation, including Capital Metro bus service downtown.
  3. Household affordability, housing supply, accessory dwelling units, and micro-units.
  4. Point towers.

More topic ideas are welcome, but the meeting will end no later than 8 pm.

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