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[CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:04]

UH, 5:34 PM ON OCTOBER 21ST.

AND WE'LL GO AHEAD AND START THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION MEETING.

AND LET ME PULL UP THE GENERALLY QUICK, I THINK THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM IS, DO WE HAVE ANYBODY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK OR, OKAY, GREAT.

AND, UM, DO WE, DO WE NORMALLY CALL ROLL AS YOU START? OKAY.

JUST IN CASE HERE, HERE.

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HELLO.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME .

THANK YOU.

UM, AND HAS EVERYBODY

[2. Approval of Minutes of the September 16, 2020 Meeting Minutes]

HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK OVER THE MINUTES FROM OUR LAST MEETING AND DO WE HAVE A MOTION ON THOSE MINUTES? AWESOME.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO OUR

[3. State of Downtown]

NEXT AGENDA ITEM.

AND ARE WE HAVING A PRESENTATION? ARE YOU THERE? OR EVERYONE? SO, OKAY.

THERE IS OUR PRESENTATION AND JANELL IS ON.

OKAY.

UM, SO I'M NOT USED TO WEBEX, GIVE ME A SECOND HERE.

SO FIRST OF ALL, CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? CAN I GET A THUMBS UP OR SOMETHING? YES.

THANK YOU.

BEN AND JENNIFER AND I AM LOOKING AT A SLIDE THAT IS AN AERIAL SHOT OF DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, AND IT'S A STATE OF DOWNTOWN UPDATE.

DO OTHER PEOPLE SEE THAT? YES.

PERFECT, FANTASTIC.

UH, MY NAME IS MICHELLE .

I'M THE VICE PRESIDENT OF URBAN DESIGN FOR THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

I'M ALSO ON THE CALL IS MY COLLEGE AND L MOFFITT, OUR DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS.

OH, I ACTUALLY START MY VIDEO.

SORRY.

I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING I WASN'T DOING.

RIGHT.

OKAY.

THERE I AM.

ALL RIGHT.

UM,

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AND SO, UH, WE W WE WERE INVITED TODAY TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE STATE OF DOWNTOWN, UH, JENELLE.

AND I DID THIS, I DON'T REMEMBER HOW MANY MONTHS BACK IT'S BEEN, YOU KNOW, COVID HAS JUST DESTROYED ALL SENSE OF TIME.

UM, BUT WE HAD ORIGINALLY PRESENTED A STATE OF DOWNTOWN REPORT TO THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION, UH, THAT OUTLINED, UH, WHAT WE CONSIDER TO BE THE INDICATORS AND THE ISSUES AND THE TOPICS, UH, THAT MAKE UP THE STATE OF DOWNTOWN.

IT'S A RE IT'S A REPORT OR A SERIES OF REPORTS, OR A SERIES OF INDICATORS THAT WE TRACK AND MONITOR.

AND, UH, TODAY WE'RE GOING TO PROVIDE A SNAPSHOT OF THE STATE OF DOWNTOWN, BUT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THIS THROUGH THE LENS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, UH, AND THE IMPACT THAT IT HAS HAD UPON DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

UH, SO HOW ARE WE ADVANCING SLIDES ON THIS? DO I JUST SAY NEXT OR ANYONE? OKAY.

I'LL JUST SAY NEXT THING WE NEED TO SAY NEXT.

UM, OKAY.

SO LET ME FIRST DRESS, UM, HOW WE, THE DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE APPROACHED, UH, THIS IMPACT, UH, THE IMPACT OF THIS PANDEMIC, UH, BACK IN THE SPRING, WHEN THE LOCKDOWN HAPPENED, WHEN THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS WERE RELEASED, UH, THERE WAS A MASS EXODUS, UM, ALL OF A SUDDEN DOWNTOWN WENT FROM A BUSTLING, UH, THRIVING 24 SEVEN ENVIRONMENT TO AN ENVIRONMENT THAT FELT RATHER CABANISS AND A BIT CAVERNOUS AND A BIT GHOST TOWN, UH, BECAUSE PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE DAYTIME EMPLOYEES IN DOWNTOWN, UH, STARTED WORKING FROM HOME AND A LOT OF THE HOSPITALITY AND RESTAURANT AND ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENTS, UH, EITHER WEREN'T GETTING CUSTOMERS WERE SHUTTING DOWN.

UH, AND SO WE HAD A VERY DRASTIC CHANGE IN DOWNTOWN.

UM, WE IMMEDIATELY WENT INTO CRISIS MANAGEMENT MODE AND, UH, WE DECIDED THAT THE BEST WAY THAT WE CAN HELP SERVE THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY IN THIS CRISIS WAS TO HELP EVERYONE STAY SAFE, INFORMED, AND CONNECTED.

UH, SO THIS IS A FRAMEWORK ON THIS SLIDE THAT YOU SEE THAT WE CONSTRUCTED TO HELP US UNDERSTAND, UH, WAYS TO APPROACH, UH, TRYING TO MITIGATE THE DAMAGE FROM THIS PANDEMIC.

SO WE'VE GOT, UH, DIFFERENT ELEMENTS AND FOCUS AND GEOGRAPHIES AND TIMEFRAMES HERE, AND THE RESPONSE RECOVERY RESILIENCY.

AND THOSE ARE A LOT OF TERMS THAT WE'VE SEEN OTHER DOWNTOWNS USE.

THOSE HAVE BECOME SOMEWHAT COMMON IN, UM, WATCHING CITIES ADDRESS THIS IMPACT.

UM, WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS SOMEWHAT LINEAR AND YET THEY ARE, THEY ARE ALSO OVERLAPPING.

SO RESPONSE IS WHAT WE DECIDED TO CALL SORT OF OUR IMMEDIATE MITIGATION, THE INFORMATION THAT WE WERE LOOKING TO PUT OUT THE WAY THAT WE WERE GOING TO TRY TO COMMUNICATE, UM, TO THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY, UM, RECOVERY IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE JUST REALLY BE DONE AND I'LL GET INTO THAT LATER.

UH, BUT THAT IS LOOKING AT WHEN CAN WE START TO DEFINE WHAT RECOVERY LOOKS LIKE? WHEN DOES IT START? AND THEN WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO, TO BEGIN TO CALL SOME SORT OF MEASURE OF SUCCESS RECOVERY, AND THEN RESILIENCY? UH, WE FEEL LIKE, UH, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT THIS PANDEMIC HAS GIVEN US TO TRY TO CREATE A MORE RESILIENT DOWNTOWN.

AND I THINK THERE WAS ALSO A COMMUNITY-WIDE AND CITYWIDE, UM, DESIRE TO, TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND CREATE MORE RESILIENCY IN OUR COMMUNITY IN MANY, MANY WAYS, ECONOMICALLY, SOCIALLY ENVIRONMENTALLY.

UM, WE'RE LOOKING TO BE RESILIENT, WE'RE LOOKING TO BE EQUITABLE, WE'RE LOOKING TO BE INCLUSIVE.

UM, AND SO THIS IS JUST A QUICK SNAPSHOT OF HOW WE TRIED TO LAY THINGS OUT, UM, TOO, AS AN APPROACH.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE FIRST THINGS WE DID WAS, UH, WE SORT OF RECONSTRUCTED OUR WEBSITE TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19.

UM, WE CREATED, UH, TWO PAGES, ONE THAT FOCUSED ON UPDATES AND RESOURCES, UM, WITH AS MUCH REAL TIME UPDATE INFORMATION, AS WE COULD FIND BACK IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC, THERE WAS SO MUCH CONFUSION JUST NAVIGATING THE INFORMATION THAT WAS BEING PUT OUT EVERY DAY WAS A FULL-TIME JOB.

AND WE TRIED TO REALLY BE A FILTER AND A CLEARING HOUSE AND A CONDUIT FOR THE BEST INFORMATION, MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY.

UM, AND AS THE, AS TIME HAS GONE ON, UH, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BEGIN TO ACTUALLY SOMEWHAT

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REFLECT UPON AND, AND LOOK AT HOW TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF THIS PANDEMIC ON DOWNTOWN.

AND SO WE HAVE A NEW PAGE, UH, THAT IS ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS THE ECONOMIC IMPACT AND THE HOPEFUL, HOPEFULLY SOMEDAY WE'LL GET TO ASSUME THAT STUDENTS SAY RECOVERY FOR DOWNTOWN FROM THIS PANDEMIC.

SO I URGE YOU TO CHECK OUT THOSE TWO WEB PAGES ON OUR WEBSITE NEXT.

SO I'M GOING TO QUICKLY GO THROUGH, UM, SOME OF THE WAYS THAT WE ADDRESSED THE PANDEMIC, UH, IN TERMS OF RESPONDING, UH, FIRST CLEAN AND SAFE.

UH, OUR DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS IMMEDIATELY AMPED UP THEIR, UH, CLEAN AND SAFE MEASURES, BEGAN WIPING DOWN AND DISINFECTING, AND JUST REALLY GIVING THE, THE STREETSCAPES OF DOWNTOWN A MORE THOROUGH CLEANING THAN THEY WOULD HAVE EVER GOTTEN.

UH, AND EVEN THOUGH OUR, OUR AMBASSADORS DO A REALLY GOOD JOB OF KEEPING THINGS CLEAN, THEY TOOK IT TO A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL BECAUSE THEY, THEY WANTED PEOPLE TO COME DOWNTOWN AND TO BE ABLE TO FEEL LIKE THEY COULD SIT ON A BENCH, UM, YOU KNOW, THEY COULD MAKE CONTACT WITH THE STREET LIGHT, THEY COULD TOUCH A DOOR HANDLE, UM, YOU KNOW, AND KNOW THAT SOMEONE WAS LOOKING OUT FOR THE CLEANLINESS.

UM, ALSO WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, UH, TO JUST ADDRESS ANY AND ALL PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES.

THE PROTESTS BEGAN TO HAPPEN.

WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE CITY INFORMATION DEPARTMENTS TO STAY AWARE OF ALL OF THE PROTESTS, UH, AND DID A LOT OF CLEANING UP BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE PROTEST, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, DAMAGE WAS TAKEN CARE OF AND TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT DOWNTOWN WAS READY FOR THE PROTEST READY FOR THE CROWDS, IF THEY DID SHOW UP.

UM, AND I, I DO JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND SAY THAT THIS PRESENTATION IS REALLY MEANT TO LOOK AT THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC.

UM, MOSTLY THROUGH AN ECONOMIC LENS.

UM, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE'S A WHOLE LOT GOING ON AND THAT HAS GONE ON THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

UM, AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE TIME TO COVER ALL OF THE TOPICS THAT YOU COULD COVER IN, IN THE, THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO DOWNTOWN SINCE THE IMPACT, BUT WE'RE REALLY GONNA FOCUS ON ECONOMICS NOW, AND THEN WE CAN TAKE QUESTIONS, BUT WHAT OTHER INFORMATION YOU MIGHT WANT LATER? UH, WE'VE TRIED TO ACTIVATE, UM, WE'VE DONE A LOT OF THINGS WITH REPUBLIC SQUARE ON WHATEVER WE COULD DO THAT WAS STILL IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MAYOR'S ORDERS AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH BEST PRACTICES.

UH, WE'VE TRIED TO PROVIDE SAFE ACTIVATIONS IN REPUBLIC SQUARE, SO YOU CAN SEE ON THE SLIDE HERE, HERE'S SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE DONE.

UH, WE'VE GOT THE FALL FITNESS SERIES, UH, BACK.

UM, IT'S BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL THUS FAR.

WE'VE GOT SOCIALLY DISTANCE YOGA AND FITNESS CLASSES.

UH, WE'RE REALLY HOPING TO BRING SOME LIFE BACK TO DOWNTOWN IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE WAY THIS FALL AND INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

UH, SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HAVE, UH, MORE OF A STREET MARKET, UH, VIBE, NOT CROWDED, NOT, YOU KNOW, NOT VIOLATING ANY OF THE ORDERS, UH, BUT BEING ABLE TO GIVE PEOPLE A PLACE TO COME TO HOLIDAY SHOP, WHERE THEY WOULDN'T NORMALLY BE ABLE TO HOLIDAY SHOP IN OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT WE WANT TO DO IT IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE WAY.

AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH, UM, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND SEVERAL OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS ON THE SHOP, THE BLOCK PROGRAM, TRYING TO PROMOTE THAT PROGRAM TO BUSINESSES AND ALSO HELP BE A LIAISON AND, UM, CONVEY ANY CHALLENGES OR BARRIERS OR CONCERNS THAT ARE THAT'S COMING UP AS THEIR FRIEND WHO UTILIZE THAT PROGRAM TO BRING THEIR BUSINESS OUT ONTO THE STREETS, UH, AND HELP GENERATE SOME REVENUE NEXT.

SO RESEARCH, UM, IMMEDIATELY EVERYONE WAS STARVED FOR DATA AND STARVED FOR INFORMATION WHAT'S HAPPENING.

WELL, I DON'T KNOW WHO KNOWS WHAT'S HAPPENING WELL, YOU GOT TO GO FIGURE IT OUT.

AND, UH, IN MANY WAYS, DATA BECAME INCREDIBLY HARD TO COME BY, UH, AS SOON AS THE PANDEMIC HIT.

AND SO WE HAD TO SORT OF RECONSTRUCT OUR METHODOLOGIES.

WE HAD TO FILL IN THE GAPS.

WE HAD TO TRY TO FIND WAYS TO JUST UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN DOWNTOWN.

UH, WE IMMEDIATELY IDENTIFIED THAT THE RETAIL AND THE STOREFRONTS AND THE SMALL BUSINESSES WERE BEING HIT THE HARDEST.

AND SO WE DID SOME OUTREACH TO THOSE FOLKS AND WE GENERATED A REPORT THAT HELPED TO CAPTURE WHAT THEY WERE GOING THROUGH AND THE ISSUES THEY WERE FACING.

UH, AND TO TRY TO QUANTIFY THAT WITH SOME DATA AND FIND THAT REPORT ON OUR WEBSITE.

UM, WE ALSO DID SOME OUTREACH TO PROPERTY MANAGERS BECAUSE THE QUESTION OF WHEN WILL PEOPLE COME BACK TO THE OFFICES, ARE THEY GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK FROM HOME? WHAT, WHAT, WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF, OF THE HUNDREDS OF, OF A HUNDRED THOUSAND NINE TO FIVE WORKERS THAT YOU TYPICALLY SEE DOWNTOWN? AND THAT'S NOT EVEN SPEAKING ABOUT THE OTHER SHIFTS OF WORKERS, YOU KNOW, THE NIGHT TIME ECONOMY AND HOW IT WAS BEING AFFECTED TOO.

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SO WE TRIED TO DO SOME OUTREACH AND JUST HAVE CONVERSATIONS AND QUANTIFY THE DATA THAT WE RECEIVED, UH, IN SOME REPORTS.

UM, I TALKED A LITTLE BIT WITH ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS.

WE'VE ALSO HAD A LOT OF MEDIA ATTENTION.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE MEDIA ON TRYING TO HELP, UH, EVERYONE STAY INFORMED OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN DOWNTOWN.

WE PROMOTED THE MASS BRAND CAMPAIGN THAT WAS CREATED BY THE OPENING CENTRAL TEXAS TASK FORCE.

UM, AND, UH, WE ALSO CREATED AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY INDEX, WHICH I WILL GET TO IN JUST A SECOND NEXT, EXCUSE ME, WHILE I COUGH.

I'M OF COURSE JUST GOT A FROG IN MY THROAT.

OKAY.

SO ADVOCACY, UM, AS WE WERE BEGINNING TO IDENTIFY THE ISSUES AND THE CHALLENGES THAT SOME OF THE BUSINESS OWNERS WERE FACING BECAUSE OF THIS PANDEMIC, UH, WE TRIED TO IMMEDIATELY, UH, TAKE ACTION AND, UH, SHARE INFORMATION AND, UM, WORK WITH BOTH THE CITY AND PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS, UH, AT ALL LEVELS, LOCAL REGIONAL STATE, FEDERAL TO TRY TO IDENTIFY WHERE WERE THE MOST CRITICAL NEEDS, AND THEN MATCH THOSE WITH THE POTENTIAL FUNDING SOURCES AND THE POTENTIAL FEDERAL MONEY THAT WAS COMING LOCAL MONEY THAT WAS COMING IN QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE MONEY.

SO WE JUST TRIED TO BE LIKE, SORT OF MATCHMAKERS IN HELPING THE CITY UNDERSTAND WHERE THE NEEDS WERE.

SO WE WROTE SOME LETTERS TO COUNCIL AND WE TRIED TO SHARE OUR DATA, UH, TO HELP CONVEY WHERE THE CRITICAL NEEDS WERE AND TO HELP, UH, REFLECT WHAT WAS ACTUALLY HAPPENING IN DOWNTOWN.

UM, AND THEN IN, IN LOCAL EFFORTS, UH, WE'VE BEEN AT THE TABLE AT, FOR THE OPENING CENTRAL TEXAS TASK FORCE, UH, THE CURRENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS ACROSS LIKE THE FOCUS GROUP, UH, AND ARROWS, UM, RESILIENCE EFFORTS.

AND SO WE'VE HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS, ADDITIONALLY, UH, WITH DIFFERENT DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATIONS ACROSS THE STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

SO WE'VE REALLY BEEN TRYING TO MONITOR WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN OTHER DOWNTOWNS TO CALIBRATE THAT WITH THE EXPERIENCE THAT WE'VE BEEN HAVING NEXT, THIS SLIDE TRIES TO CAPTURE SOME OF THE MOST UNIQUE OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE CHALLENGE THAT YOU UNIQUE CHALLENGES, THINGS WE'VE OBSERVED ABOUT HOW DOWNTOWNS ARE GOING THROUGH A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SITUATION THAN OTHER PARTS OF THE CITIES.

UM, ESPECIALLY FOR DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, IT'S OUR MAJOR TOURISM DESTINATION, AND OUR TOURISM IS JUST DROPS.

UH, IT'S OUR LARGEST EMPLOYMENT CENTER AND THE DAYTIME WORKERS HAVE DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY.

SO THE TWO BIGGEST SECTORS OF CONSUMERS THAT OUR DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES RELY ON HAVE BEEN GONE, AND THAT HAS REALLY IMPACTED THEIR BUSINESS.

AND YOU'VE HAD A LOT OF BUSINESSES CLOSE.

UM, SO THE POINT RED IS THAT UNTIL THE EMPLOYEES RETURN AND OR TOURISM INCREASES, UH, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE.

AND SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP DRAW LOCALS, TO TRY TO COME BACK DOWNTOWN, TO GENERATE SOME REVENUE FOR THEM, AND TO TRY TO BE AS PREPARED AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WHEN THE TOURISM AND THE DAYTIME WORKERS DO COME BACK, THAT THEY'RE INFORMED, THEY WILL FEEL SAFE.

UH, AND THAT WE REALLY TRY TO MAKE DOWNTOWN FEEL ACTIVE, ACTIVATED, UH, SO CRITICAL EFFORTS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO, UM, UH, LEAD INCLUDE MARKETING FOR THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPEN, UH, AND ALSO LOOKING MORE LONG-TERM WHAT ARE THE RESILIENT LAND USE MIXERS? WHAT ARE THE RESILIENT TYPES OF SERVICES AND GROUND FOR SHOPS AND, AND RETAIL, UH, SERVICES THAT WE NEED SO THAT DOWNTOWN CAN BE MORE OF A COMPLETE NEIGHBORHOOD.

UH, THE NEXT TIME A CRISIS HITS THE REASON THAT DOWNTOWN HAS BEEN SO DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY IS THAT, UH, WHILE YOU CAN DRIVE UP TO HYDE PARK AND SEE PARKING LOTS, FULL PEOPLE GOING IN AND OUT OF THE STORES, YOU DON'T SEE THAT AS MUCH DOWNTOWN.

AND THAT'S BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON, ONE OF THE PHENOMENONS OF THIS PANDEMIC IS THAT PEOPLE FEEL SAFER DOING MORE RETAIL AND SERVICE BASED ACTIVITIES, CLOSE TO HOME WHERE THEY CAN IMMEDIATELY GET OUT OF THEIR CAR.

I'D HAVE TO BE IN AN ELEVATOR AND NOT HAVE TO BE IN A LOBBY.

AND THE DENSITY AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT DOWNTOWN HAS PROVEN DIFFICULT, DISADVANTAGE THEM NEXT.

THIS IS A NEW TOOL THAT WE CREATED VERY RECENTLY.

WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF THIS.

UM, IT'S CALLED THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY INDEX, AND THIS IS A REFLECTION OF THE TOP INDICATORS THAT WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING OVER THE PAST SEVEN MONTHS THAT WE BELIEVE WILL SHOW US, OR WILL BE IMPORTANT INDICATORS TO HELP GUIDE US FORWARD.

WHAT IS RECOVERY, ARE WE RECOVERING FROM THIS PANDEMIC? AND SO YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE THINGS LIKE HOTEL ROOM, OCCUPANCY, FOOT TRAFFIC, UH, TRANSIT, RIDERSHIP, CONSUMER SPENDING, UH, RENTS IN THE, IN THE MULTIFAMILY SECTOR AND RENTS IN THE OFFICE SECTOR,

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UH, AND UNEMPLOYMENT.

AND YOU CAN SEE WE'VE INDICATED WITH THE COLORS, WHERE WERE WE PRE PANDEMIC? SO WHAT WAS THE 2019 LEVEL? WHERE ARE WE NOW? AND THEN WHAT'S BEEN THE WORST.

WHAT'S BEEN THE LOWEST OR THE MOST SEVERE, UH, LEVEL FOR EACH OF THESE INDICATORS IN 2020.

AND IF YOU GO TO OUR WEBSITE, AND IF YOU HOVER OVER THESE CHARTS, THEY ARE INTERACTIVE AND THEY WILL BRING UP ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN LOOK AT.

UH, AND THAT'S PART OF THE LITTLE CIRCLE THAT SAYS TREND CHART.

SO NOW WE'RE GOING TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF A DEEP DIVE INTO THIS DATA AND JENELLE MOFFITT IS GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU, UM, SOME OF THESE INDICATORS THAT WE ARE TRACKING.

THANK YOU, MICHELLE.

UM, YEAH, JUST TO PICK UP OFF OF THE INDEX AND WHAT WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO DO IS UNDERSTAND WHAT THE DIP LOOKS LIKE, THE, THE MAJOR IMPACT, AND WE ARE VERY HOPEFUL THAT DOWNTOWN WILL RETURN AND WILL RECOVER.

WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHEN, AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW SO HAVING SORT OF THIS INDEX TO LOOK AT MONTHLY INDICATORS AND COMPARE IT TO AUSTIN, IF WE CAN, OR COMPARE TO OTHER GEOGRAPHIES, IF WE CAN TO COMPARE IT TO THE LOWEST POINT OR THE HIGHEST POINT, UM, IS REALLY THE GOAL OF THIS, OF THIS EFFORT.

UM, WE PLAN TO ADD MORE MEASURES.

AND SO I WILL GO QUICKLY THROUGH SOME OF THE, THE AREAS THAT WE ARE MONITORING, AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THE TYPES OF DATA THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT.

SO THE NEXT FEW SLIDES WILL BE MORE TRADITIONAL STATE OF DOWNTOWN INFORMATION.

AND, UM, WE CAN JUST BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT THAT.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE'S SOME HIGH LEVEL FINDINGS.

UM, IF I WERE ASKED WHAT'S THE STATE OF DOWNTOWN NOW, UM, I WOULD GROUP IT IN THESE SORT OF CATEGORIES, UM, WHERE RETAIL HOTEL AND TOURISM SORT OF WERE HIT IMMEDIATELY, LIKE WITHIN A DAY, YOU KNOW, UM, ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS AGO IS WHEN THE FIRST COVID, UH, CASE HIT AUSTIN.

AND IT'S SORT OF PUT A LOT OF THINGS TO HALT.

UM, IT REDUCED, YOU KNOW, RESTRICTION OR ADDED RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERINGS THERE'S BAR CLOSERS, DIMINISHED TRAVEL.

LIKE EVERYTHING SORT OF HAPPENED AT ONE TIME.

AND JUST LIKE MICHELLE SAID EARLIER, DOWNTOWN IS JUST THIS HUB OF ALL OF THIS DIFFERENT ACTIVITY.

AND WHEN IT ALL STOPS, UM, IT JUST IS A SCREECHING HALL TO MANY, UM, BUSINESSES THAT SPEND THE MAJORITY OF THEIR DAY AND THEIR TIME THERE.

AND SO THE RETAIL BUSINESSES AND THE HOTEL BUSINESSES ARE EXACTLY THAT, UM, REDUCED FOOT TRAFFIC.

UM, IT ALL JUST, IT ALL JUST PUT DOWNTOWN AT A, AT A HOLD.

UM, THEN WE LOOK AT THE OFFICE MARKETING WORKFORCE WHERE THERE'S THERE'S TOWERS EVERYWHERE.

THERE'S, THERE'S BUSINESSES EVERYWHERE, BUT WITH THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS, UM, WORKING FROM HOME, UM, HAPPENS TO A MAJORITY OF OUR DOWNTOWN EMPLOYEES.

THEY WORK IN JOBS THAT CAN ALLOW THEM TO WORK FROM HOME.

AND SO WE REALLY SAW HOW THAT IMPACTED, UM, THE SHIFT OR IMPACTED THE ACTIVITY THAT WAS HAPPENING IN OUR URBAN CORE.

UM, IF YOU LOOK AT TRAVEL OR TRAVEL, TOOK A DEEP DIVE AROUND MARCH OR APRIL, UM, BUT IT'S, IT'S COMING, IT'S RETURNING FASTER, UH, THAN SOME OF THESE OTHER INDICATORS.

AND SO I HAVE SOME, SOME DATA TO SHOW YOU ON THAT.

UM, AND RESIDENTS IS, IS MORE OF THE SLOWER MARKET.

AND SO WHILE, UM, OUR CONDO MARKET IN OUR, IN OUR MULTI-FAMILY MARKET, UM, IT'S, IT'S TOO EARLY TO TELL WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING THERE.

UM, WE DO KNOW THAT THERE'S, THERE'S A CHANGE IN ASKING RATES, UM, ON A DAILY BASIS.

AND, UM, OUR OCCUPANCY RATES ARE, ARE STARTING TO CHANGE.

AND SO WE ARE LOOKING AT OUR, UM, SUBURBAN MARKETS AND SEEING THAT THE SUBURBS ARE DOING QUITE WELL.

PEOPLE ARE BUYING SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES AT RECORD RECORD RATES, RECORD PRICES.

AND SO, UM, IT'S YET TO BE DETERMINED, WHAT'S REALLY GONNA HAPPEN FOR THE DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL MARKET, BUT WE ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON IT.

AND THEN OF COURSE, UM, RESIDENTIAL OR REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, THERE, THERE ARE MANY CRANES IN THE SKY.

SO, UM, A LOT OF THE PROJECTS THAT WERE ON THE BOOKS TO BE CONSTRUCTED ARE MOVING FORWARD OR HAVE MOVED FORWARD.

A LOT OF PROJECTS THAT WERE SORT OF PUT ON THE SHELF AND THE, IN, IN THE PAST YEARS HAVE BEEN ADDED BACK ONTO THE BOOKS AND, UM, NEW PRODUCTS HAVE BROKEN GROUND.

SO I'M JUST GOING TO GO THROUGH EACH ONE OF THESE PRETTY QUICKLY AND JUST HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE, THE DETAILS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHEN WE LOOK AT RETAIL SPECIFICALLY, UM, AT THE END OF JULY, UH, WE LOOKED AT THE OPERATING STATUS OF ALL OF THE STOREFRONT BUSINESSES IN DOWNTOWN AND FOUND THAT ROUGHLY 50% WERE STILL OPERATING IN SOME

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CAPACITY.

UM, MOSTLY WE'RE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LIKE GYMS, UM, RETAIL SERVICES, WHERE THEY CAN OPERATE ONLINE AS WELL OR PLACES THAT CAN OFFER DELIVERIES, BUT FOR OTHER BUSINESSES THAT JUST DON'T HAVE THAT OPTION, LIKE BARS, RESTAURANTS, UM, MUSIC, VENUES, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, THOSE REMAIN SHUTTERED.

AND SO, UM, AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE MAP, YOU CAN SEE THE CONCENTRATION OF WHERE THOSE BUSINESSES, UM, COULD OR ARE LOCATED AND, UM, SOMETHING THAT WE ARE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO, BUT YOU COULD SEE THE BREAKDOWN SORT OF ON THE CHART AND ON THE MAP.

UM, AND SO WE KNOW THAT THIS, THIS STATUS IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING.

SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON TO REALLY SORT OF, UM, BEEF UP AND, AND SUPPORT OUR RETAIL BUSINESSES.

WE'RE HOPING THAT THERE'S SOME FUNDING FOR LIVE MUSIC VENUES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

AND SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE DEFINITELY LOOKING AT AS JUST A KEY COMPONENT OF A THRIVING DOWN, UM, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND SO THEN WHEN YOU GO INTO HOTEL TOURISM, UM, THE OCCUPANCY WAS DOWN TO 62% IN APRIL, AND THEN IT'S, IT'S BEGAN TO RISE SINCE THEN.

AND SO OF COURSE THE LOSS OF TOURISM DOLLARS, UM, REALLY CREATE A STRONG IMPACT.

UM, WE'RE THINKING THAT THE RISE, UM, IN THE MOST RECENT MONTHS COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO LOCAL TOURISTS OR TO THE OPENING OF SCHOOLS WHERE THERE'S NEW EVENTS, SPORTING ACTIVITIES, AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS, NEW BUSINESSES STARTING TO JUST SORT OF OPEN THEIR DOORS.

AND SO WE'RE NOT REALLY QUITE, UM, WHAT'S FEEDING SORT OF THE UPTICK, BUT WE'RE GLAD THAT IT'S HAPPENING.

UM, AND IF YOU CAN SEE THAT OUR DOWNTOWN, LIKE MICHELLE INDICATED EARLIER IS, IS A MAJOR TOURISM HUB.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF DOLLARS GENERATED IN DOWNTOWN.

SO I JUST PUT A QUICK EXAMPLE OF THE MIXED BEVERAGE SALES AND HOW IT'S JUST, IT JUST COMPLETELY DROPPED.

AND WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING FOR, UM, NEW NEW DATA TO SORT OF SUPPORT OR TO SORT OF, UM, TRACK HOW QUICKLY THAT COULD SORT OF RETURN CAUSE THAT, THAT, UM, THAT MONEY, UM, SUPPORTS A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

YOU LOOK AT THE OFFICE, THE OFFICE PIECES IS A VERY INTERESTING ONE.

UM, OFFICE AVAILABILITY IS THE HIGHEST IT'S BEEN IN ABOUT 15 YEARS OR SO, OR AS LONG AS I HAVE THIS, THIS CHART.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE WHERE EXCEEDING, UM, AUSTIN'S RATES AND, UM, THERE'S BEEN A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN LEASED SPACE COMPARED TO 2019.

AND IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE IF WE LOOK AT THE PROFILE OF DOWNTOWN OCCUPATIONS, UM, OVER 60% CAN WORK REMOTELY.

AND SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES THAT WORK IN DOWNTOWN AND, AND DIFFERENT, UM, EMPLOYEE GROUPS, WE HAVE A VERY HIGHLY TALENTED, UM, EMPLOYEE POOL.

AND SO THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO WORK FROM HOME.

THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO, TO HAVE JOBS THAT DON'T REQUIRE THEM TO BE IN THE OFFICE.

SO PART OF THE CHALLENGE FOR, UM, THE RETAIL BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN IS THAT IF THE OFFICE MARKET IS NOT THERE, OR IF THE OFFICE, OR IF THE WORKFORCE IS NOT THERE, THEN PEOPLE AREN'T SPENDING THEIR TIME SPENDING MONEY DOWNTOWN, LIKE THEY WOULD BE IF THEY WERE WORKING WITH THE DOWNTOWN.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE MONITORING ON A REGULAR BASIS TO SEE WHEN WILL OFFICE EMPLOYEES RETURN, UM, WHAT ARE SOME BEST PRACTICES, UH, WHO IS, UM, LEADING THE WAY TO SORT OF, UM, INSTITUTE SOME OF THOSE BEST PRACTICES AND HOW COULD WE SORT OF HELP, UM, LOOK AT THAT.

AND SO WE ARE STEADY MONITORING THESE INDICATORS AS WELL.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO WITH THE RESIDENTIAL MARKET, IT'S A LITTLE BIT SLOWER IN TERMS OF ANY INDICATORS THAT WILL TELL US ANYTHING IN, IN PARTICULAR.

UM, WE KNOW THAT THE DAILY ASKING RATES HAVE DECLINED AND, UM, IT'S APPEARING THAT THE PREMIUM THAT WAS CHARGED FOR LIVING IN A DOWNTOWN SPACE IS SORT OF CLOSING IN ON THE CITYWIDE, UM, SORT OF RATES.

AND SO IF YOU LOOK DOWN AT THE BOTTOM CHART, UM, THAT OCCUPANCY RATE HAS DIPPED BELOW, UM, THE CITY'S RATES.

AND SO JUST REALLY LOOKING AT, UM, WHAT FUTURE DATA WILL SHOW US ABOUT THE RESIDENTIAL MARKET AND THE STRENGTH OF THE RESIDENTIAL MARKET.

UM, WE ARE LOOKING AT OUR OTHER COMPARATIVE MARKETS LIKE IN THE, IN THE SUBURBS AND THOSE IN THOSE AREAS AND THE SALES FOR SINGLE SINGLE FAMILY

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HOMES ARE THROUGH THE ROOF.

AND SO JUST INTERESTED IN UNDERSTANDING HOW RESIDENTS WILL, UM, WILL LOOK AT THEIR DOWNTOWN SPACE AND, AND WHAT, WHAT WILL THEY CONSIDER IN TERMS OF THEIR, THEIR NEW NEXT, NEXT NORMAL, UM, IF DOWNTOWN DOESN'T CHANGE, UM, LET'S GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO MOBILITY IS AN INTERESTING ONE.

WE, UM, HAVE A SOFTWARE CALLED STREETLIGHT DATA AND WE TRACK SORT OF VEHICLE TRAVEL WITHIN OUR DOWNTOWN.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT IN MARCH, WE SAW 74% DECLINE IN VEHICLE TRAFFIC.

AND SO THAT MADE SENSE, BUT WHAT WE'RE FINDING THAT, UM, INCREMENTALLY MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE DRIVING INTO DOWNTOWN.

SO THIS MEASURE DOES NOT CORRELATE WITH THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE STREETS, WALKING OR PEOPLE WHO ARE ENTERING INTO THEIR OFFICE SPACES.

AND SO WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY'RE GOING, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT TRAVEL IS UP.

WE DO KNOW THAT THE STAY AT HOME ORDER IS STILL IN EFFECT, BUT PEOPLE ARE NOT NECESSARILY STAYING AT HOME.

THEY ARE MOVING AROUND, MOVING AROUND THE CITY.

UM, THEY ARE GETTING LUNCH OR GOING SHOPPING OR DOING ALL OF THOSE OTHER THINGS.

CONSUMER SPENDING IS SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE TRACK.

AND SO IT'S, IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PRESENTATION, BUT THE CONSUMER SPENDING DATA SHOWS THAT PEOPLE ARE SPENDING MONEY CLOSER TO HOME.

AND SO WE ARE CORRELATING THAT WITH THEY'RE SPENDING MORE TIME, CLOSER TO HOME BECAUSE THEY'RE WORKING FROM HOME AND THEY MAY QUICKLY GET A BITE TO EAT OR ORDER SOMETHING FOR DELIVERY, BUT MONEY'S BEING SPENT CLOSER TO WHERE THEY LIVE.

AND, UM, DOWNTOWN ONLY REPRESENTS ABOUT 1% OF THE TOTAL RESIDENTIAL POPULATION.

SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE 15% OF THE EMPLOYEE BASE, THAT WOULD TYPICALLY BE IN DOWNTOWN IN A, IN A TRADITIONAL PRE COVID TIME, THAT WOULD BE ABOUT A HUNDRED THOUSAND EMPLOYEES OR SO.

AND SO IF A PORTION OF THAT IS NOT THERE, LET'S SAY 60% OF THAT IS NOT THERE, THEN THAT IS JUST LOST REVENUE.

UM, BUT THEY'RE DRIVING.

SO TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO, UM, RECONCILE ALL OF THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO, BUT THE MOBILITY ARE PEOPLE DRIVING, MOVING AROUND USING TRANSIT, USING MICRO MOBILITY.

THAT'S STILL IT'S BELOW PRE COVID LEVELS, BUT IT IS MORE PROMISING THAN SOME OF THE OTHER MEASURES THAT WE'RE TRACKING NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND SO THIS IS ABOUT DEVELOPMENT.

THERE'S SO MANY THINGS I CAN SAY ABOUT DEVELOPMENT, BUT WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT DEVELOPMENT IS CONTINUING AND THE PIPELINE IS FACT WE ARE ON PACE TO DELIVER RECORD NUMBERS.

UM, I JUST FEEL LIKE THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT WERE ON THE BOOKS THAT WERE SET TO, UM, BREAK GROUND DID THERE WERE PROJECTS THAT WERE ON HOLD AND THAT WE SURFACED.

UM, AND SO JUST BECAUSE OF THE CALM, MAYBE, YOU KNOW, THEY WANTED TO CELEBRATE THESE THESE PROJECTS.

AND IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT PEOPLE ARE OPTIMISTIC THAT DOWNTOWN WILL RECOVER.

AND, UM, IT CREATES THIS OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF SPACE TO SORT OF ABSORB.

SO WE'RE HOPING THAT, UM, ALL OF THE, ALL THE PROJECTIONS ARE, ARE TRUE.

UM, AND SO THERE'S, THERE'S DETAILS HERE IN TERMS OF WHAT'S BEING DELIVERED AND, AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A LOT OF DATA ON OUR WEBSITE.

YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, JUST TO SHOW A QUICK, WE HAVE ASSETS ON OUR WEBSITE THAT SHOWS WE TRACK THE PROJECTS AND THE CONSTRUCTION PLANNED, AND PACO'S RECENTLY COMPLETED BY TYPE.

AND SO I CAN REALLY GET INTO THE WEEDS AND DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT, BUT I KNOW WE'RE, WE'RE SHORT ON TIME.

SO JUST KNOW THAT IT'S STILL HAPPENING.

THERE IS SLIGHTLY LESS BEING PROPOSED.

UM, BUT THERE ARE MORE, UM, SLATED TO BE DELIVERED.

SO I'M EXPECTING ABOUT 8 MILLION OR SO, UM, WILL BE DELIVERED IN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE YEARS.

UM, SO IT'S QUITE A BIT, AND, UM, I THINK THAT'S MY LAST ONE.

I'M GOING TO HAND THIS BACK OVER TO MICHELLE, AND SHE'S GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE SHORT AND LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS OF THE DATA THAT WE'RE SORT OF TRACKING AND SOME TRENDS TO WATCH.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND COULD YOU NOT, UH, SO THERE'S SO MANY TOPICS THAT WE COULD HAVE DRILLED DOWN INTO FOR THIS PRESENTATION.

UM, YOU'VE HEARD BOTH OF US TOUCH UPON SOME OF THEM.

UH, THE, THE TWO THAT WE FEEL LIKE ARE REALLY SORT OF AT THE TOP OF EVERYBODY'S LISTS, ARE THIS BIG SWELL ABOUT WORKING FROM HOME VERSUS WORKING AT THE OFFICE, UH, SO MUCH IS RIDING ON WHEN PEOPLE COME BACK OR IF PEOPLE

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CONTINUE TO WORK REMOTELY.

UH, SO HERE'S JUST SOME POINTS THAT WE WANTED TO MAKE SOME OBSERVATIONS THAT WE WANTED TO SHARE ABOUT THIS WORK FROM HOME OR WORK FROM OFFICE DEBATE, UH, YOU KNOW, LEASING ACTIVITY GROUND TO A HALT, UH, DURING THE PANDEMIC.

AND WE'RE SEEING A BIG INCREASE IN SUBLEASE ACTIVITY.

NOW, UM, WE ARE HEARING THAT IT'S ALL BUSINESS IT'S ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE EXPERIENCING ALL THE SAME CHALLENGES AND ALL THE SAME.

LIKE WE ALL WISH WE HAD THE FIRST OF ALL, LET'S LOOK INTO IT AND SAY, OH, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 50% OF OUR WORKFORCE, UH, RETURNED TO THEIR OFFICES AND START SPENDING YOUR MONEY DOWNTOWN ON DECEMBER 1ST.

BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE JUST TRYING TO MITIGATE THE DAMAGE.

DO WE PLAN TO GO BACK DOWNTOWN, UH, IN TERMS OF CONSTRUCTION, UH, BEEN SPEAKING TO A LOT OF, UH, CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LEADERS AND LIKE JANELL WAS SAYING, UH, THE CRANES IN THE AIR AND THE ACTIVITY THAT YOU SEE RIGHT NOW IS STILL A RESULT OF A VERY HEALTHY ECONOMY THAT WE HAD BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

WE WILL PROBABLY SEE A SLOW DOWN, UM, SOMETIME IN 2021, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT INTO 2022, BECAUSE IF YOUR PROJECT HAD FINANCING AND IF IT WAS ALREADY SORT OF IN THAT LIFE CYCLE OF, YOU KNOW, TWO, THREE, FOUR YEARS, WHICH IS WHAT IT TAKES TO DO YOUR DOWNTOWN PROJECT, IT'S CONTINUING IF THERE WAS NOT FINANCING ACHIEVE, OR IF THE PROJECT WAS JUST BARELY, UH, TRYING TO BEGIN ITS LIFE CYCLE, THOUGH, WE KNOW THAT THOSE NUMBERS ARE LESS, AND WE KNOW THAT EVENTUALLY WE WILL SEE LESS THINGS IN THE AIR.

IT'S JUST GOING TO BE SORT OF NAILING DOWN THAT LAG TIME WHEN WE'RE THINKING LIKE SIX TO 18 MONTHS, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT TIME PERIOD.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, NOW WE JUST WANT TO PIVOT TO HOW WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE.

UH, WE JUST GIVE YOU A LOT OF DATA.

WE HAVE A LOT MORE ON OUR WEBSITE.

NOW WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT, UH, HOW WE ARE LEADING AN INITIATIVE CALLED THE ROADMAP TO RECOVERY.

AND, UH, WE WANT TO BRING TOGETHER PEOPLE IN DOWNTOWN AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE COMMUNITY TO HELP ADDRESS WHAT RECOVERY IS, HOW CAN WE BE MORE RESILIENT AND HOW CAN WE BRING, UH, NOT JUST THE SAME VITALITY THAT WE HAVE PRE PANDEMIC, BUT HOW CAN WE REDEFINE RESILIENCY AND VITALITY FOR DOWNTOWN AS WE MOVE OUT OF THIS PANDEMIC AND WE FIND OUR NEW NORMAL.

SO THE FIRST PLACE WE WANT TO GO IS WE WANT TO GO BACK TO OUR DOWNTOWN VISION.

UH, WE FEEL LIKE RECOVERY SHOULD BE GUIDED BY THIS DOWNTOWN VISION.

UM, IT'S STILL VALID.

UH, IT'S STILL, YOU KNOW, SHOULD BE CONSIDERED THE GUIDING FORCE AND, UH, FUTURE DECISION-MAKING FOR DOWNTOWN.

UH, AND SO IT'S GOING TO BE GROUNDED IN OUR EFFORT.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, WE WANT TO CREATE A FLEXIBLE AND DYNAMIC ROADMAP, THINGS CHANGE IN THIS PANDEMIC SO QUICKLY THAT IF IT'S NOT FLEXIBLE AND DYNAMIC, IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK OR IT'S GOING TO BE OBSOLETE.

THE SECOND THAT WE PRODUCE IT.

AND SO WE WANT TO LOOK FOR SHARED EXPECTATIONS THAT ALIGN WITH THE VISION.

UH, WE WANT TO DETERMINE PRIORITIES, UH, FOR WHAT THE NEXT YEAR WE'LL NEED.

UM, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE SEEKING PERSPECTIVES FROM A LOT OF STAKEHOLDERS.

WE'RE GOING TO CONDUCT FOCUS GROUPS, INTERVIEWS, AND WE WILL REALLY SURVEYS.

UH, AND IT'S VERY LIKELY THAT THIS COMMISSION WILL, UH, BE ABLE TO HAVE A PRESENTATION ABOUT OUR DOWNTOWN RECOVERY ROADMAP, UM, IN THE FUTURE AS WE'VE JUST BEGUN IT.

AND, UM, WE'LL, WE'LL HAVE MORE TO REPORT SOON.

NEXT SLIDE.

HERE'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT TIMELINE.

SO YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT PHASES THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED FIRST.

WE NEED TO JUST DISCOVER, WE NEED TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK RECOVERY SHOULD LOOK LIKE? WHAT ARE THE SUCCESS METRICS, UH, WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM, AND THEN WE WANT TO TRY TO CREATE A VISION AROUND WHAT THAT RECOVERY SHOULD LOOK LIKE.

UH, AND THEN SOME ACTIONABLE STRATEGIES, SOMETHING THAT WILL ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE A ROADMAP THAT WE CAN USE TO BEGIN TO MAKE DECISIONS, TO GUIDE DOWNTOWN, BACK TOWARD RECOVERY.

UH, AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO KIND OF PULL IT BACK.

UH, WE'VE GOT REALIGNMENT IN THERE AS A PHASE THAT WILL CONSTANTLY NEED TO BE, UH, SERVING AS A CHECK AND BALANCE SYSTEM FOR ALL OF THE OTHER PHASES.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD AND WE'RE GOING TO CHECK WHAT WE KNOW AND MOVE FORWARD AND CHECK WHAT WE KNOW.

SO THAT'S WHAT THAT REALIGNMENT PHASES, UH, AND EVENTUALLY WE REALLY WANT TO, UH, CREATE SOME ACTIONABLE GOALS AND IMPLEMENT, UH, YOU KNOW, IMPLEMENT POLICIES, IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS, UM, HELP ADVOCATE FOR, UH, REMOVING BARRIERS AND CHALLENGES AND SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES SO THAT BUSINESSES CAN BE INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE AND, AND FIND THEIR WAY.

SO THIS IS JUST THE TIMELINE WE'VE SET UP FOR ABOUT THE NEXT YEAR.

AND AGAIN, LIKE I SAID, YOU'LL BE HEARING MORE FROM US ABOUT THIS NEXT SLIDE.

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UH, SO WHAT ARE WE HEARING SO FAR? YOU KNOW, WE'VE JUST BEGUN.

UH, BUT THESE ARE SOME OF THE HOTTEST TOPICS THAT ARE COMING UP IN THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE'RE HAVING.

UM, AND YET, UH, MELISSA BERRY, OUR VP OF PLANNING, UM, WHO IS LEADING THE RECOVERY, UH, ROADMAP SAID TO ME, WELL, I DON'T KNOW.

I CHANGED THE SLIDE.

THESE ARE ALREADY A LITTLE BIT OUT OF DATE.

SO EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE HEARING, WE WILL CONTINUE TO AGGREGATE AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO, UH, CREATE NEW INFORMATION AND, UH, WE'LL BE RELEASING DIFFERENT TYPES OF DELIVERABLES AND INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WE'RE HEARING, UH, ON OUR WEBSITE AS OUR DISCOVERY PROCESS CONTINUES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO JUST TO REMIND YOU, THERE'S SO MUCH MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE.

UM, THESE ARE SLIGHTLY OLD SNAPSHOTS FROM OUR WEBSITE, BUT JUST TO KIND OF SHOW YOU, UM, WE HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT HEADERS.

WE HAVE LOTS OF RESOURCES.

WE HAVE LOTS OF CURRENT INFORMATION, UM, AND WE'D HAVE LOTS OF, UH, INDICATORS AND REPORTS ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT NURSEY NEXT SLIDE.

WELL, THANK YOU AGAIN.

I'M MICHELLE VAN 50 JENELLE MOFFITT, AND WE CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANKS.

SHALLA UM, COMMISSIONERS, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? AND THIS IS AUGUST AND, UM, UM, ON BY PHONE NOW, AND I APOLOGIZE.

SO CAN YOU HEAR IT'S AUGUST? UH, I'M NOT ALLUDE, I CAN ACTUALLY DO THIS STUFF, BUT FOR SOME REASON, WEBEX AND I ARE NOT GETTING ALONG WITH THE EVENING, ALTHOUGH I HAD A WET WEBEX MEETING THIS MORNING AND IT WORKED JUST FINE.

UH, MICHELLE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OH, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

UM, MICHELLE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS IS SUPER INTERESTING.

UM, HAVE YOU SEEN IT EITHER, YOU KNOW, AS YOU TALK TO CITIES NATIONWIDE OR ANY KIND OF ANYTHING YOU'RE IN AUSTIN ABOUT OFFICE CONVERSION TO DIFFERENT USES AT THIS POINT, THERE'S BEEN A LOT MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS THERE.

UH, MY TAKE IS THAT THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT MARKET IS GOING TO MOVE MORE SLOWLY THAN THAT.

I HAVE NOT HEARD ABOUT A LOT OF CONVERSIONS.

UM, THAT'S A VERY EXPENSIVE DECISION TO MAKE, AND I THINK THAT THE MARKET IS STILL THE WAIT AND WATCH MODE BEFORE THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS LIKE THAT.

HOWEVER, I THINK ON THE SUBLEASING SIDE, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE BUSINESSES MAKE SMALL CHANGES TO THEIR TENANT SPACES, TO TRY TO CREATE AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT THAT ACCOMMODATES WHATEVER WE FEEL LIKE THE NEW NORMAL IS LIKE COMES BACK TO WORKING IN OFFICE, BUT IS A REAL ADAPTIVE REUSE.

I HAVEN'T SEEN OR HEARD A LOT OF THAT.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD GO MORE SLOWLY.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

I WOULD JUST ADD THE ONLY THING THAT I'VE HEARD IS HOTELS DOING SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT MORE CREATIVE, UM, OFFERING, YOU KNOW, ROOM FOUR WEEK BLOCK FOR SOMEONE TO WORK IN THEIR SPACE, UM, FOR THE PERIOD OF TIME OR UNIQUE, INTERESTING PLACES LIKE THAT ARE FARTHER AWAY FROM HOME JUST TO SORT OF INCENTIVIZE.

SO THAT'S ALL I'VE HEARD ON MY END.

YEAH.

I NOTICED, LIKE I GOT AN AD FOR, YOU KNOW, LEASING A HOTEL ROOM FOR THE WORK DAY FROM NINE TO FIVE.

FOR EXAMPLE, I WAS JUST WONDERING IF YOU'D SEEN ANYTHING ELSE LIKE THAT.

THINK CHRIS HAD HIS HAND UP AT ONE POINT, CHRIS LAYMAN.

YES.

I GUESS I'M WONDERING WHAT, UH, WHAT'D YOU GUYS SEE AS CITY EFFORTS AT THIS POINT, WHAT'S THE PRIORITY DURING THIS PANDEMIC? I MEAN, HOMELESSNESS WAS A BIG PRIORITY COMING INTO IT, BUT NOW WE'VE GOT A NARROWER BANDWIDTH.

THERE'S PROBABLY LESS MONEY AVAILABLE GIVEN ALL THAT'S BEING LOST IN TERMS OF REVENUE.

WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO PRIORITIZE NOW? UH, SO, UH, I PARTICIPATED IN THE OPENING CENTRAL TEXAS TASK FORCE, AND I'M ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS PROCESS, THE FOCUS GROUP, AND, UH, THE JUGGLING OF PRIORITIES IS ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS RIGHT NOW FOR THE CITY.

UM, I WOULD SAY FROM JUST THE PERSPECTIVE OF FUNDING, UH, YOU KNOW, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY THE NEED TO TRY TO SAVE SOME OF THESE ICONIC BUSINESSES THAT ARE TRYING TO CLOSE.

AND THERE'S BEEN FEDERAL LEVELS OF ADVOCACY ALL THE WAY DOWN TO LOCAL, UH, LEVELS OF ADVOCACY WHERE, UH, JUST RECENTLY WE SAW CITY COUNCIL, UH, PASSED SOME DEDICATED FUNDING SOURCES FOR LIVE MUSIC VENUES

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AND MORE CREATIVE CULTURAL SPACES.

SO THAT'S DEFINITELY BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A PRIORITY, UH, CHILDCARE ISSUES AND TRYING TO HELP THE CHILDCARE INDUSTRY ADAPT TO THIS SUDDEN CRISIS OF PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WHERE SUDDENLY THE HOME HAS BECOME THE HOME, THE OFFICE, THE SCHOOL, AND THE DAYCARE CENTER, AND HAVING A DAYCARE ALTERNATIVE TO EVERYBODY BEING IN THE HOUSE TOGETHER, UM, HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A HIGH PRIORITY AND HOW CAN THE CITY ASSIST IN HELPING THE CHILDCARE INDUSTRY.

UM, AND THEN ALONG WITH ALL OF THAT, UH, STILL OF COURSE THERE ARE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT, UM, PUBLIC SAFETY AND ASSISTING THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND TRYING TO CONTINUE FORWARD WITH IDENTIFYING SOLUTIONS FOR LACK OF COMPETING PRIORITIES.

MICHELLE, HOW CAN THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION HELP YOU? UH, I THINK THAT FIRST OF ALL, WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO, UH, TAKE TO HEART THESE OBSERVATIONS THAT WE'VE MADE.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING AND STUDYING AND MONITORING, UH, AND TRYING TO PULL TOGETHER AS MUCH QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE DATA AS WE CAN OVER THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS.

SO THE REPORTS THAT WE'VE GENERATED AND OUR, UM, INDICATOR INDEX IS WHAT WE WANT TO TELL EVERYONE ELSE ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING DOWNTOWN FROM THAT WE ARE TRYING TO PUSH TOWARDS SOLUTIONS AND ADVOCATE FOR THE DAMAGE.

SO IF YOU AGREE WITH, OR, YOU KNOW, TAKE TIME WITH SOMEBODY BACK DURATIONS, WE MAY ADVOCATE FOR, UH, REDUCING BARRIERS AND CHALLENGES PRIOR TO HELP BE MORE CREATIVE AND IN HOW THEY CAN BEGIN TO GENERATE SOME MORE REVENUE, UM, YOU KNOW, HELP OUR CITY COUNCIL UNDERSTAND THAT, UH, LIVE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT AND TOURISM BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN THE HARDEST AND NEED HELP RIGHT NOW.

UM, I JUST THINK WHAT, LET THE DATA SPEAK TO YOU AND TAKE THAT TO HEART AND THEN ASK US IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION OR IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP BEN, I THINK YOU HEARD OF IT, MICHELLE.

YEAH.

MICHELLE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OVERVIEW AND ALSO PACKING JUST A TON OF INFORMATION IN, IN SHORT FORM.

SO, UH, IT'S GONNA TAKE A WHILE EVEN THOUGH JUSTICE, BUT I, I APPRECIATE MUCH OF YOUR COMMENTS HAVING TO DO WITH SORT OF STILL IN RESPONSE MODE, BUT ALSO THINKING OF RECOVERY, BUT I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT YOU HAVE THE RESILIENCY COMPONENT.

UM, UM, THIS DOES GIVE US OPPORTUNITIES, EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CRISIS TO RESET SOME OF THESE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PROBLEMS AND TAKE A FRESH LOOK, UH, KNOWING THAT, THAT WE WERE, WE WERE MAYBE NOT ADDRESSING THEM SUCCESSFULLY IN DOWNTOWN OR THAT THEY WERE, THEY WERE BUILDING AND WE'RE GOING TO BECOME A PROBLEM.

AND NOW WE, WE HAVE A MOMENT TO RECALIBRATE AND, UH, ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT I WOULD JUST WANT TO PUT ON THE TABLE.

NOW I'VE BEEN THE ONE VERY MUCH TRYING TO RAISE THE FLAG ABOUT THESE HISTORIC PROPERTIES IN DOWNTOWN.

ANY OF THEM ARE VERY LOW DENSITY AND MANY OF THEM ARE ON PROPERTIES THAT HAVE VALUES AND ZONING.

UH, THAT ALLOWS FOR A VERY HIGH DENSITY.

IT OCCURS TO ME THAT IF WE REALLY THINK BROADLY ABOUT WHAT LESSONS ARE LEARNED, BUT PART OF WHAT WE MAY BE THINKING ABOUT IS A VARIETY OF DENSITY AND MAKE THAT AS PART OF THE DESIRED GOAL FOR DOWNTOWN.

YOU KNOW, WE GET SCARED RIGHT NOW WHEN THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE ALL IN ONE PLACE, BUT MAYBE IN A DOWNTOWN ENVIRONMENT, WE SHOULD START LOOKING AT THOSE PLACES THAT AREN'T AS DENSE AS EQUALLY VALUABLE AND IMPORTANT AS A FOIL FOR THOSE AREAS WHERE WE WANT TO PLAN THE DENSITY.

AND THAT MAY GIVE A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON SOME OF THESE SAME PROBLEMS. SO I'LL JUST THROW THAT OUT.

I KNOW IT'S NOT THE FIRST THING THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE THINKING ABOUT IN ALL THE OTHERS SWIRLING AROUND, BUT AS YOU'RE THINKING OF THAT RESILIENCY, UH, THIS DOES, I THINK, OFFER A CHANCE TO LOOK CREATIVELY AND, AND I WANT TO THROW THAT OUT WITH YOUR, ADD THAT TO YOUR CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING.

THAT'S FANTASTIC, BEN, UM, THAT'S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW WE WANT TO SEE THE DIALOGUE AROUND RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY BEGIN TO FORM.

UM, AND I WOULD SAY TO, TO GET BACK TO AUGUST QUESTION, IF YOU LOOK AT OUR INDEX, OR IF YOU LOOK AT OUR DATA AND YOU SAY, WHERE'S THIS MEASURE, WHERE'S THIS METRIC.

I DON'T SEE SOMETHING THAT I REALLY FEEL LIKE IS IMPORTANT TO THIS ISSUE OF RECOVERY.

LET US KNOW IT COULD BE THAT WE'RE TRACKING IT.

WE JUST HAVEN'T DAYLIGHTED IT, IT COULD BE THAT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH DATA TO ACTUALLY DAYLIGHT.

IT, IT COULD BE THAT YOU ARE THINKING OF SOMETHING

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THAT WE'VE ABOUT THOUGHT OF YET.

SO IF YOU FEEL LIKE THERE'S A GAP OR SOMETHING MISSING IN TERMS OF INDICATORS AND HOW WE'RE, WE'RE SHOWING THEM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MICHELLE.

WE, AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE Y'ALL COMING IN, SPEAKING TO MY PETS AND STUFF THAT WE'VE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT FOR A WHILE, AND I'M GLAD THAT WE'RE ABLE TO BRING SO MUCH MATERIAL THAT WILL VARY GOING FORWARD.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING WITH, UH, AS AUSTIN AND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN EMERGES FROM OUR CURRENT PRICES, PRIVATE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS MOVING FORWARD AUGUST IF I MAY.

YES, DAVID.

YEAH.

SO I WAS WONDERING, UM, THE PANDEMIC HAS BROUGHT ABOUT SOME SITUATIONS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA THAT WE COULD NOT, UM, ENFORCE IF WE WANTED TO.

SO A REDUCTION IN THE TRAFFIC IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, ALTHOUGH IT SEEMED LIKE THE, UH, THE, THE DATA THAT YOU GUYS HAD WAS THAT IT DID STOP FOR A WHILE, BUT THEN IT STARTED BACK UP.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IS IF WITH TH WITH THE REDUCTION IN TRAFFIC DOWNTOWN, DID THAT INFORM OR EDUCATE SOME OF THE DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE GOING ON AROUND, WHAT DO WE DO AROUND WHAT KIND OF CROSSWALK WALKS AND HOW TO REDUCE OR CHANGE TRAFFIC PATTERNS SO THAT IT'S NOT AS CONGESTED.

SO IN SOME WAYS WE HAVE A LESS CONGESTED DOWNTOWN, SO HOW CAN WE MAKE IT STAY LESS CONGESTED, BUT STILL HAVE PEOPLE BE DOWNTOWN.

UM, AND I WAS JUST WONDERING IF GIVEN THIS EXPERIMENTAL SITUATION WITH, WITH SOME VARIABLES THAT ARE CONTROLLED, HOW ARE WE USING THIS SITUATION TO INFORM US ABOUT HOW THINGS MIGHT BE ABLE TO BE DONE AFTER THE PANDEMIC? IS THAT A QUESTION FOR THE DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE OR FOR YOURSELF? WELL, I THINK FOR, FOR YOU GUYS, BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE KEEPING TRACK OF THE METRICS AND WE'RE GOING TO HEAR TWO MORE PRESENTATIONS AFTER THIS, THAT I INVITE YOU GUYS TO, TO STAY ON.

CAUSE IT'S CONNECTED.

UH, EVERYTHING THAT'S STOPPED UP IS, IS REALLY A PRETTY GREAT SEGUE FOR WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT.

AND I KNOW THAT THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN DOING EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAID.

THEY'VE BEEN LOOKING AT HOW CAN WE USE THIS EXPERIMENT AND STUDY IT, AND THEN ALTER, UH, HOW YOU GET AROUND DOWNTOWN, UM, IN TERMS OF THE BALANCE OF MULTIMODAL, UM, OPTIONS, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT THE AUSTRIANS BIKES, SCOOTERS SHARE TRANSIT CARS, AND HOW DO WE LOOK AT THEIR REBALANCING OF THOSE? AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY'VE DONE WITH THE CONGRESS AVENUE PRESENT AND THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE, BUT WHAT I CAN SAY IS, YES, WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT.

DO, DO WE HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS RIGHT NOW FOR HOW WE WANT TO GET, GET AROUND DOWNTOWN BETTER AS WE RECOVER? NO, NOT YET, BUT THAT'LL BE A BIG PART OF OUR RECOVERY PROCESS.

I JUST WANTED TO ADD THE, WE ARE SITTING ON A LOT OF DATA THAT WE HAVEN'T, DAYLIGHTED USING MICHELLE'S WORDS.

SO IF THERE ARE PRESENTATIONS IN THE FUTURE OR OTHER GROUPS THAT ARE WORKING ON THIS ISSUE, THAT YOU SEE SOME DATA GAPS THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP WITH, JUST PUT THEM IN TOUCH WITH US.

CAUSE WE'RE, WE'RE SITTING ON A LOT OF INFORMATION AND WE SUPPORT LOT OF DIFFERENT INITIATIVES AND WE MAY NOT, UM, FULLY UNPACK ALL THE NEEDS.

WE DO NEED MORE CAPACITY FROM A RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE.

THERE'S ONLY TWO RESEARCHERS ON STAFF AND WE ARE SWAMPED.

SO IF YOU DO KNOW OF ANYONE THAT NEEDS EXTRA DATA OR WANTS TO LOOK AT THE DATA THAT WE HAVE, THE STREETLIGHT DATA IN PARTICULAR, THE ONE THAT I SHOWED, WE DO HAVE IT BY DOWNTOWN DISTRICTS.

SO IT CAN BE MAPPED.

WE DO HAVE ORIGIN AND DESTINATION DATA.

SO IF, IF YOU KNOW OF ANY PARTNER THAT WANTS TO WORK WITH US ON THAT, WHERE WE WILL WELCOME THAT AND HAVE YOU ALL SHARED YOUR ORIGIN AND DESTINATION DATA WITH ATD? YEAH.

I'VE HAD A COUPLE OF CONVERSATIONS WITH COLE KITTEN AND A COUPLE OF, UM, OTHER PEOPLE IN HIS, IN HIS GROUP AND SHARED A LITTLE BIT OF THAT.

UM, I THINK CASEY, YOUR ACT WITH OUR OFFICE IS SORT OF WORKING MORE ON THE MOBILITY FRONT.

UM, I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING SINCE I SORT OF TOLD THEM WE DO HAVE THIS, THIS INFORMATION.

WE HAVE A CONTRACT STREETLIGHT, UM, FROM OUR CIRCULATOR STUDY.

AND SO, UM, WE DO HAVE THE DATA.

SO IF YOU, IF, IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S BEST THAT I REACH OUT TO HIM AGAIN AND SEE IF THERE'S, THERE'S SOMETHING THAT WE COULD DO WITH THAT, I'D BE HAPPY TO DO THAT.

I'VE SHARED, UH, LIKE AN OPEN DROPBOX LINK, UM, TO THE DATA, TO THE SHAPE FILES, TO ALL OF THAT INFORMATION.

UM, IT'S, IT'S FREE FOR THEM TO ANALYZE HOWEVER THEY SEE FIT.

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WELL, I THINK THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL.

THAT'S BEEN ONE OF OUR CONCERNS, UH, ABOUT ATDS USE OF DATA OR THE LACK THERE, UH, W WE DO NEED TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM.

AND SO I DO HOPE SINCE IT IS RELEVANT TO MUCH OF WHAT YOU ALL DISCUSSED TODAY, THAT YOU WILL BE AVAILABLE, UH, TO, UH, PARTAKE IN THE DISCUSSION, UH,

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THE NEXT ITEM UP, IF, UNLESS WE'VE SKIPPED AROUND DURING MY WANDERING THROUGH THE TECHNOLOGICAL DOOR, UM, THE NEXT ITEM UP WOULD BE, UH, THE CONGRESS AVENUE OF INTERIM SAFETY AND MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS.

LAURA, ARE YOU SINCE I CAN'T SEE EVERYBODY, LAURA, ARE YOU ON GOOD EVENING, LAURA? THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

WELL, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR HARRIS AND COMMISSIONERS.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION OR THE INVITATION TO BE HERE TONIGHT.

UM, WE, WE APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE TO THE DOWNTOWN AND DEFINITELY APPRECIATE, UM, ALL OF THE WORK THAT THE DA IS DOING TO UNDERSTAND, UM, WHERE WE ARE NOW AS A COMMUNITY AND WHERE WE'RE HEADED.

UM, AND WE'RE HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, WHAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO IN THE SAME SPIRIT THAT MICHELLE AND JENELLE SHARED IN TERMS OF, UH, THE ABILITY FOR US TO LOOK RIGHT NOW AT, AT HOW WE CAN RECOVER BETTER, UH, GOING FORWARD, UM, WITH THAT I'LL, UM, ASK, WELL, ACTUALLY, I'LL STAY HERE AT THE, AT THE PRESENTATION SLIDE OF FLAVOR AND CAN SEE IT.

UM, TONIGHT WE'LL BE SHARING WITH YOU THE INTERIM SAFETY MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS THAT COUNCIL, UH, DIRECTED THE CITY TO, UH, TO IMPLEMENT OVER THE SUMMER AND, UH, WHERE WE'RE HEADED WITH THAT GOING FORWARD.

UM, I WILL NOTE THAT, UM, WHEREAS WE WILL BE DISCUSSING THE CONGRESS AVENUE, URBAN DESIGN INITIATIVE AND ITS ALIGNMENT WITH THESE INTERIM SAFETY MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS.

UM, W WE ARE NOT DISCUSSING ELECTRON ELECTION RELATED MATTERS TONIGHT.

UH, WE, UH, WE ACKNOWLEDGED THERE, WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF THAT RIGHT NOW.

AND, UH, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UH, TONIGHT IS, UH, THE WORK THAT WE HAVE, UM, FUNDED CURRENTLY AND AT THE DIRECTION OF COUNCIL OVER THE SUMMER.

SO, UM, I APPRECIATE THAT NOTE AND WE'LL MOVE FORWARD TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, SITTING WITH THE VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF DOWNTOWN, UH, AS IMAGINED BY THE CONGRESS AVENUE, URBAN DESIGN INITIATIVE.

UM, THERE'S BEEN SOME REALLY HARD WORK AMONGST MANY PEOPLE HERE ON THE CALL TODAY, UM, TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN, UM, BALANCE THE SPACE ON CONGRESS AVENUE INTO THE FUTURE TO REALLY SUPPORT ALL OF THE NEEDS, WHETHER IT IS A COMMUTER, UH, DRIVING IN AND OUT OF DOWNTOWN, UM, ABOUT WATCHER ON THE BRIDGE, OR, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, A NEW RESIDENT OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT DISTRICT, UM, YOU KNOW, BIKING OR WALKING TO DINNER, UH, IN THE DOWNTOWN, ALL OF THOSE TYPES OF TRIPS ARE, UM, BEING HAD AND WILL BE HAD AS WE GROW INTO 2040.

AND THE VISION FOR CONGRESS AVENUE REALLY CALLS FOR A WAY TO SUPPORT ALL OF THAT, UH, IN AN HONOR, UM, THE SPECIAL PLACE THAT CONGRESS AVENUE IS, UH, IN THE CITY, YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND AS WE LOOK TO THAT FUTURE AND THAT REBALANCING, UM, WE ARE A COMMUNITY IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC AND TRYING TO SORT OUT HOW, UM, TO RECOVER BETTER FROM, UH, THIS EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE AS PART OF THAT, THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, AMONG MANY OTHER DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN, UM, TRYING TO ADDRESS A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FRONTS.

UM, AND WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSPORTATION, UM, ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP THE MOST IS TO, TO UNDERSTAND HOW SPACE CAN BE BETTER, SERVED, BETTER, SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN THIS INTERIM TIME THAT WE'RE IN.

AND AS WE LOOK ACROSS TO MANY OF OUR PEER CITIES, UM, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, UH, THE USE OF STREET SPACE IS BEING, UH, SORT OF RE-IMAGINED, UM, TO MAKE ROOM REALLY FOR THE COMMERCE, FOR THE MOBILITY

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AND, UM, FOR ALL OF THE ACTIVITY THAT, UM, THE STREET LIFE, UM, REALLY, UH, NEEDS NOW IN, IN A TIME WHERE PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS, IS VERY APPROPRIATE.

UM, SO IN JUNE COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION, DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO LOOK AT WAYS TO IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT A REBALANCING OF SPACE THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING NEEDED, AGAIN, THAT, THAT RETAIL, UH, COMMERCE SHOP THE BLOCK LEVEL FROM A MOBILITY PERSPECTIVE, UM, UNDERSTANDING CONGRESS AVENUE AS A CRITICAL NORTH SOUTH CONNECTOR, UM, UM, FOR MANY, THE RESOLUTION ALSO ACKNOWLEDGES, UM, THAT THERE IS ALIGNMENT WITH WHAT WE CAN DO IN AN INTERIM VERSION, UH, TO WHAT WE SEE AS A VISION FOR THE FUTURE, UM, AS SHARED IN THE PREVIOUS SLIDE, UH, AND IT ASKS US TO BOTH TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AND THEN RETURNED BACK WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOW WE CAN RETAIN SOME OF THOSE BENEFITS.

ONE SOCIAL DISTANCING, PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS NO LONGER, SORRY.

I CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE DIRECTION FROM COUNCIL.

WE IMPLEMENTED A VERY TEMPORARY CONDITION, UM, THAT MANY OF YOU MAY HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE WITH, UM, IF YOU'VE BEEN IN THE DOWNTOWN SINCE THE END OF JUNE.

SO WHAT CURRENTLY EXISTS NOW ON THE STREET IS A PROTECTED, UH, BICYCLE SUITOR LANE, UH, THAT USES TALL CONES.

AS YOU SEE PICTURED HERE, UM, TO OPEN UP THAT, UH, OUTSIDE GENERAL TRAVEL LANE, UM, FOR PEOPLE ON, BY SOME SCOOTERS, IT, UH, HELPS TO DE-CONFLICT THE, UM, UH, USE OF SIDEWALKS, LIMITED SIDEWALK SPACE FOR PEOPLE WALKING ON SCOOTERS AND BIKES.

AND I KNOW IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER BACK, UM, TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO OR SO WHEN WE HAD THAT RATHER ACUTE, UH, DUMP OF SCOOTERS ON OUR COMMUNITY AND, AND, UH, WE WERE FORCED INTO, UH, UH, UM, EMERGENT, UM, MANAGEMENT, UH, CHALLENGE.

AND, AND CERTAINLY THE SIDEWALKS ON CONGRESS WERE ONE OF THOSE PLACES WHERE WE REALLY HAD TO THINK CRITICALLY ABOUT HOW TO BEST MANAGE THAT SPACE.

UM, SO IT MOVED LIKE THIS HELPS TO DECONFLICT, UM, THAT SHARED SPACE AND ESPECIALLY WITH, UM, THE WAY THAT RETAIL AND THE WAY THAT DINING, THE WAY THAT QUEUING, UH, IS, UH, IS NEEDS, NEEDS.

THAT SPACE IS AS ONE OF THE IMMEDIATE, UM, POINTS OF RELIEF THAT I THINK COUNSEL SOUGHT IN TAKING THIS ACTION.

UH, THE CURRENT CONDITION WITH THE CONES, UM, IS IT WORKS TO A DEGREE, BUT IT IS RATHER BLUNT AND IT DOESN'T REALLY OFFER AS MUCH RESILIENCY, UH, AS I THINK THE STREET NEEDS AND AS DENELLE AND MICHELLE SHARED, AS WE START TO SEE RECOVERY, WE WANT TO BUILD IN AS MUCH RESILIENCY INTO THE STREET AS WE CAN.

AND SO THE CURRENT TWO LANES IN EACH DIRECTION DOES NOT REALLY OFFER AS MUCH OF THAT RESILIENCY AS WE'D LIKE TO SEE WHILE ALSO RETAINING THE BENEFITS OF THE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AS CALLED FOR IN THE RESOLUTION, WHICH LEADS US TO, UH, THIS NEXT INTERIM PHASE.

UM, WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT AS PLACE AS SPECIAL AS CONGRESS AVENUE, UM, MAY NOT DO SO WELL WITH ORANGE CONES, UM, UH, ON, UH, ON A MONTH TO MONTH BASIS THAT, YOU KNOW, PERHAPS SOMETHING A BIT MORE AESTHETICALLY PLEASING IS, IS DUE FOR A PLACE LIKE THIS.

UM, AND OF COURSE THE DAILY MAINTENANCE REQUIRED TO KEEP, UH, CONES IN PLACE IS A DRAIN ON, ON STAFF TIME AND, UM, COULD