Mapping Cherrywood’s Character

A group of Cherrywood residents met on April 2 to talk about our neighborhood’s “DNA” and map it out visually. The exercise was part of the “community character in a box” initiative, and similar events are being held around the city. The idea is to provide micro-level data for CodeNEXT, the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code. It is the next step in implementing the Imagine Austin principles and translating them into action at the neighborhood level.

The workshop was held at the new Fannie Mae Stewart Conservatory, where participants talked about what their favorite places in Cherrywood were and what made them special, as well as what areas were problematic or were underutilized. We also discussed what we’d like the neighborhood to look like in 20 years.

In the coming days a few of us will be walking through the neighborhood photographing landscapes and streetscapes as well as all the places identified. These photos will be submitted to the city with the map of Cherrywood’s “character.”  For more information on CodeNext visit their website.

Some of the places the workshop participants identified were

Assets
+ Windmill Bicycles, 2209 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Quirky, small business turned social hub, hosts lots of pop up parties for all kinds of events, great neighborhood partners, participated in parades

+ Vortex Repertory Company & Butterfly Bar, 2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Fantastic outdoor space, host enormous variety of events, very kid-friendly space and staff

+ Cherrywood Green, 34th St and Cherrywood Ave.
Beloved pocket park, lots of volunteers involved in maintaining it, location of many neighborhood events (parade ending place, Easter egg hunt, plant and book swap, etc)

Problems
– Manor Rd sidewalks, between Cherrywood Ave and Airport Blvd.
Bad state of disrepair,  and long curb cuts are awful for pedestrians

– Hangars/West Bank Dry Cleaning, 1300 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin, TX 78722
Enormous, underused parking lot is a functional blight, owners resistant to negotiating with neighboring businesses for shared use that would alleviate major neighborhood parking congestion

– Stealth dorms, e.g. new construction on Robinson Ave. & Concordia Ave.
Oversized stealth dorms in general are inappropriate structures in central Austin residential neighborhoods

Opportunities
+/- Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Could be more strongly programmed to encourage wider range of uses, the planned community garden is a step in the right direction, lots of tennis but not other sports, could tie into regional trail systems better

+/-  Future 7/11, 3848 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78722
Adopted innovative design close to the street in response to neighborhood’s concerns, but still have gas pumps. We would like to have a business at this location that was not auto oriented

+/- Bike/pedestrian connectivity
Potential for better connections to trails at Mueller

To see a slideshow of the complete set of images, visit Photos of Cherrywood’s “DNA”.

Cherrywood community mapping workshop

GREEN dots = assets
BLUE dots = opportunities
RED dots = constraints

Cherrywood Community Character, Code Next map

The notes for this meeting were prepared by Jennifer Potter-Miller and posted here: CNA Notes.

Jennifer Potter-Miller

About Jennifer Potter-Miller

Chair, Friends of Patterson Park Social Media Chair, Maplewood Elementary School PTA Blogger, cherrywood.org

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