This map [http://www.bouldincreek.org/wp-content/uploads/Bouldin-prospective-districts-map-20160411.pdf] includes overlays, named by the architectural historian to reflect defining historic features in each area. The overlays are configured for the continuity of their structures, and by the fact that a good percentage of the structures in the area still retain their original character (at least as of April 2016) Any one or all of these areas, with majority approval by property owners, could apply for local historic district (LHD) nomination.
The accelerated demolition of original neighborhood structures reduces daily many opportunities for preservation and could easiy render these prospective dirticts and their protections unatainable. No LHD application process has begun anywhere in Bouldin, but if you’re interested in learning more about what LHD adoption means, please check http://www.austintexas.gov/department/local-historic-districts
Will be interesting to see how this plays out in practice.
The idea is that a house on a corner lot can’t easily have a wrap-around porch because of lot-size limitations, so now the encroachment into the front setback (an encroachment which everyone who’s ever enjoyed a conversation on a shady porch with a neighbor can probably support) can wrap around to the side setback as well, encouraging a more “connected” style of home much like the traditional homes of yore.
Overall this seems like a good thing. But “what defines a porch?” will likely become the question. What do you think?
Since 1991 … a yearly tradition of hauling the flood-borne dreck from the creeks to make our little natural spaces a little more natural feeling and to send a clear message to dreck — not here, not now.
We’ll meet at the Gibson/South First entrance across from El Mercado and enjoy some freshly brewed coffee and snacks provided local restaurants and then teams will move to different parts of the two creeks (East and West Bouldin).
Around 11:30 AM we will meet back where we started for a lunch, once again provided by our business friends.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please dress in long pants to guard against possible contact with poison ivy and wear sturdy shoes. Please don’t forget mosquito spray. Be prepared to get muddy and dirty and have a good time. Kids, dogs, and family friends welcome.
Bonus: register on the Austin Parks Foundation site for our cleaning and you’ll get a nifty T-shirt out of it.
Some day we might call this “trash day” but for now, every other week, like clockwork, the big blue bin is due at the curb.
Read Contributor Catie Mohin’s excellent summary about Austin Resource Recovery’s system
Some day we might call this “trash day” but for now, every other week, like clockwork.