About Austin

New Urbanism takes hold in one of the Nation's fastest growing cities. See how the principles of New Urbanism are finding their way into projects, public conversations and City policy.

Austin emerges between the Hill Country and the Coastal Plan, between the natural and the built environments, between the old Austin of U.T. and State government, and the new Austin of Technology. Doubling population every 20 years since the beginning, Austin has never known slow or no growth. All policies, ideas, and actions take place in the context of MORE people here every day.

In the first plan of Austin, Edmund Waller laid out a street grid north of the Colorado River and between two creeks. The State Capitol Building sits on a hill at the top of Congress Avenue and presides over downtown, while the University of Texas Tower commands the campus just to the north. Come explore the old urbanism of Congress Avenue, Sixth Street, and the Bremond Block on one of our Historic Walking Tours. Or wander the original 40 acres of the University of Texas campus.

If running is more your style, join local Austinites for a walk along the Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail. Or perhaps you would like to stroll down to the Congress Avenue Bridge, which shelters the largest urban bat colony in North America, to watch more than 1.5 million bats fly out at dusk.

As night falls, the Music scene heats up. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin boosts some of the greatest venues around. Once known mostly for its country and blues music, today Austin's music scene is as diverse as its ever-growing population.

With the boom in urban living, Central Austin neighborhoods have seen a great deal of revitalization. New urbanist projects are populating Central Texas, complementing the old urbanism of Austin's downtown and early streetcar suburbs with a modern flare catered to our tech savvy citizenry. Amidst the numerous construction cranes bringing dense high-rise living to downtown are award-winning restaurants, local coffee joints, and art galleries filled with diversity. Close-in suburban in-fill projects at the old airport site, in mid-town, and at a former industrial zone provide photo worthy new urbanist examples worth touring.

Other nearby hill country towns and cities are easily reached from Austin. Georgetown is currently using the walkable area around its historic district as the basis for expansion including new urbanist residential communities and higher education campuses. Slightly further afield, San Antonio has balanced historic preservation and economic development areas as diverse as the King William District and the Riverwalk.

Austin is politically charged and culturally rich. It's eclectic by nature and creative by design. Austin is just simply not like the rest of Texas, nor like the rest of the country. From the state legislature to burnt orange-clad University of Texas students, bats to Longhorns, four-star restaurants to down-home barbecue joints, techies to struggling musicians, Texas' capital city stands apart from the rest.

Come experience that unmistakable, laid-back Austin feeling.

To learn more about Austin, please visit the Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Just added: take a walk and explore sustainably designed buildings around Austin with our self-guided Sustainable Buildings Tour, or get a feel for town by examining where CNU XVI Tours will be going.

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