Austin has grown phenomenally in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. While the population surge has brought increased vibrancy, we need to plan ahead to make sure growth doesn’t overwhelm the city’s capabilities. With cooperation and careful planning, we cannot only manage the effects of growth, we can nurture the Austin spirit and make downtown life even more exciting, healthy, rewarding, and sustainable.
As downtown accomplishes these goals, Austin as a whole will be a better place for all of us. Downtown’s evolution will bring new museums, music and theater venues, and a wider range of other options. Growth in downtown also equals growth in city revenues, enabling improvements and maintaining affordability throughout the entire city. Downtown generates more in taxes than what is spent here, meaning taxes generated in downtown help pay for schools, parks, police, fire, and EMS throughout our entire community.