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969 - TOUR – Sustaining Austin's Live Music Culture: An Architectural Response to the Challenges Facing the Red River Cultural District

• Katherine Pace | Historian and Environmental Educator | Texture the City
• Lindsey Derrington | Programs Coordinator | Preservation Austin
Date: 11/09/2017 | Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Event Location: MEET AT TOUR DESK
LUHs: 1.5 | HSW: Yes |
Capacity: 30
Through October 02: $60.00
Through November 03: $60.00
Onsite November 03: $60.00

Tour Architects

The Red River Cultural District is the heart of Austin’s live music scene. These few blocks of downtown are home to such renowned venues as Stubb's, the Mohawk, Beerland, and Cheer Up Charlie's, giving credence to the city’s self-proclaimed title as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

Serious development pressures, however, including rising rents and encroaching high-rise construction, threaten the district’s existence. Complex social dynamics in the surrounding community further compound this threat, making the district’s long-term (or even short-term) viability one of the most important preservation issues facing Austin today.

This walking tour will discuss Red River’s evolution from an ethnically diverse working-class neighborhood into a live music hub, and how the adjacent Waller Creek continues to fundamentally shape its character.

We’ll visit important music sites along the way, and ask how economic and design interventions could support the district’s cultural sustainability and architectural preservation. How can we protect Red River? And if we don’t, what do we lose?