Vol. 3, Issue 1 – Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2009, a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Join us for our annual DANA membership meeting on Tuesday, January 13th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will take place at the beautiful Ballet Austin Butler Dance Education Center. In addition to our usual Urban Core Happy Hour mix and mingle, we will elect new members to the DANA Board of Directors. Come help us plan for another great year downtown.
Avoid parking hassles and plan your trip to the meeting using Cap Metro’s trip planner.
DANA SUPPORTS TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS
DANA VOLUNTEERS WITH CARITAS
CORE DISTRICT ADVISORY GROUP FORMING
Thank you, gentle readers, for your positive feedback on the “Why Downtown?” segment. If you would like to tell your story, please contact Ruth Framel.
Telling their story about living and loving Downtown Austin this month are Natalie and Dale Glover. As longtime downtown residents, they have witnessed development and change. And more personally, they have experienced transformation and growth…
Downtown was a little different almost a decade ago when we jumped from the dorm room to loft life.
We understood that our environment helps shape who we are ::
Surrounded by fellow Downtown Austin pioneers, we proceeded to explore our surroundings. We absorbed the socio-economic diversity, amazing live music, healthy nightlife, wonderful restaurants, a lake and trail that could only come out of a dream, and a Capitol lawn perfect for summer picnics. We were students and Downtown Austin was our teacher. We became expert bus riders, nightlife royalty, passionate lakeside runners and advocates of the sustainable urban lifestyle.
Just as Downtown has gone through a continuous evolution, so have we.
We now recognize that we can truly help shape our environment ::
Natalie and I both juggle civic volunteering, full time jobs, and still have some time to relax with a glass of wine and a view of the sunset overlooking Lady Bird Lake, the Long Center and the Hill Country.
I spend a lot of time as a board member of the Austin Parks Foundation and active member of Downtown Austin Alliance. I also serve as the Vice President of Texas Crew Foundation and support various open space initiatives. Recently I joined a youthful and energized downtown commercial real estate firm, Tribeca Company, where I focus on pulling together deals for sustainable real estate developments.
Natalie leads the Austin branch of AMS, a creative multimedia firm. Her team specializes in media that matters, providing communication tools that support education leaders statewide. Natalie spends her extra time fueling her passion for lighting. Most recently, she has joined fellow urban dweller, Lindsay Burns, in developing threshold, a furniture and design studio, set to open in March of 2009.
Downtown Austin has been a wonderful teacher. We look forward to our continued urban education and are excited about new opportunities in 2009 to give back to the neighborhood we cherish.
DANA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, and play downtown.
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