That should move- when its that big of a festival (they have purposely grown it) then it should move out… sometimes a family gets big and it needs to move out of town a bit to handle the expansion.
I’m guessing you’re missing the point that one of the main reasons ACL is in Zilker is because it’s within a 30-minute walk of tens of thousands of hotel rooms and Airbnbs. Moving it literally anywhere else eliminates that core aspect. (Also, why would there not be damage to the underlying soil wherever it’s held?)
As for a “VIP-only” “small tent experience” instead: that’s great if you’re a one-percenter who can afford $4,000 tickets – and if you think that seems high, I’d suggest pricing out some recent single artist shows, e.g. Taylor Swift or Beyoncé – but, by definition, would exclude nearly everybody except for Zilker’s not particularly wanted new multimillionaire class.
Finally, I’ve said it before, but one part that routinely gets lost in ZNA-like echo chambers is the fact that ACL is strongly supported by Austinites as a whole, and – more specifically – strongly supported at Zilker. The ZNA, BCNA & various NIMBY coalitions are effectively the only people who strongly oppose it, except for maybe the owners of COTA greedy for more income.
it just does not feel right when Zilker exists as a place of tranquility, an escape from urban life, a removal and recharge from our concrete walking, traffic stand stillin, neck-craned phonin…it just seems like too small of a space to host a 1000 elephants at once.
For six whole days a year? Seriously? (Yes, I know there’s prep time before & after, but it lacks the noise factor.)
sometimes there is nothing to do, nothing to fix and nothing to change.
True, but this also describes local NIMBY attempts to halt growth for 30+ years now. It is massively clear by now that this was a monumental mistake – and no, I don’t just mean the LDC. We should’ve had light rail 20 years ago. We should’ve overhauled our at-large Council decades earlier. We should’ve taken a far closer look at who is actually being displaced by development and growth – primarily families of color who ended up homeless after not being able to afford rent increases, not already affluent white people “forced” to sell Central Austin houses for millions – and taken steps to mitigate it. And we definitely should’ve devised some actual workable solutions for our tragically large unhoused population.
Believe it or not, there were actually families that lived in West Campus.
Brent & Isaac: I truly don’t get what y’all are arguing about, particularly since you’re both saying the same thing. Yes, families lived in West Campus, as Brent stated. Yes, the entirety of West Campus zoning was revamped to CBD levels in 2004, as Isaac stated. I’ll stay out of it after this post, but Brent, you’re definitely coming off as the condescending one here. That said…
Before Austin was south of the river. Zilker wasn’t annexed by the COA until the late 60’s. There were lots that would have 4 small free standing cottages on them. They were 400-500 sqft. with a driveway down the middle and units at each corner. They were 30’s-40’s era.
This is correct. Bouldin had them as well: my old block there (Johanna & W. 3rd) had, and still has, five small houses (all 2BR cottages under 600 sq ft) on either a double or triple lot. (Except now they’re selling for $700K & up.)
Edit: Okay, I actually didn’t know Zilker wasn’t annexed until the late '60s. That’s kinda weird, actually, considering the Lamar bridge over the lake’s been there for 90 years now.