🫧 Clean 6th? See what Dirty's glow-up could look like
Stream Realty Partners/Clayton Korte
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🫧 Clean 6th? See what Dirty's glow-up could look like

Plus, Major League Baseball is pulling a California and wants to come to Austin (maybe.)

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Introduction

☀️ Good morning, Austin.

Everyone knows Sixth Street’s downtown strip has been dubbed “Dirty” for years. It’d be hard to get used to a new nickname if the area ever cleaned up its act. Below, see how one developer plans to kickstart that effort.

Plus, a major prediction about Major League Baseball in Austin and a new bill that could make Texas share its electric grid.


Introducing, Clean Sixth?

Stream Realty Partners/Clayton Korte

We all know Dirty Sixth. Well, a Dallas real estate firm dreams of a Clean Sixth and recently took a step toward bringing it to reality.

Stream Realty Partners LP and architecture firm Clayton Korte have submitted plans to the city of Austin to rehab three historic buildings among the more than 30 properties Stream has accumulated along East Sixth Street, according to documents from the city’s Historic Landmark Commission.

The plans indicate that two of the buildings – the former Easy Tiger at 709 E. Sixth and the former El Sol y La Luna at 600 E. Sixth – could serve as restaurants while the other, at 713 E. Sixth, could be a bar.

And the renderings are all so ... Minimal? Modern? CLEAN.

Stream Realty Partners/Clayton Korte

Paul Clayton, a principal at Clayton Korte, said in a phone interview that the plans were simply showing “possibilities.”

“It’s kind of an open concept,” he said. “They’re going to go with whatever tenant makes sense.”

To his knowledge, no tenants are lined up for the three buildings. They all appear to be currently vacant.

“Generally, what we’re doing is façade rehabilitation, which means where we can, from historic photos, we’re repairing and recreating what was there in an effort to lease the spaces,” he said. “Mostly, the buildings are in pretty good shape behind the façade. We’re just getting the street side ready for tenants.”

Stream announced last year that it would launch a redevelopment of Sixth Street in 2024 after buying more than 30 properties in the rowdy bar-hopping district.

Between recent incidents of violent crime and many storefronts having gone vacant, the area's already-shaky reputation has taken a dive in recent years.

Stream wants to fill the buildings with tenants offering diverse options for shopping, live music and restaurants, according to a news release from last year.

“We want to bring this beloved street back to what it once was,” Paul Bodenman, Stream’s senior vice president, said in the release. “We have received such positive support from the community and future tenants and are excited to see Sixth Street become a bustling neighborhood again. By restoring Sixth, we honor the history and significance of this iconic Austin neighborhood.” 

In other words, the firm is looking to turn Sixth Street into a place Austinites love, not love to hate.

— Richard Webner, Contributing Reporter


Temperature: 85 degrees  Sun: Behind clouds    What to Expect: Warmer than normal

The temperature roller coaster keeps on climbin’ today with highs about 15 degrees above normal, marking our sixth 80-degree day this month. Clouds will hang around for most of the day, along with light southwest winds. Enjoy the spring-like day because tomorrow … winter is coming.

Mary’s Tip: Or rather, a question. Last week Austin almost topped 90 degrees. What is the temperature tipping point at which you’re willing to take an Austin “natural ice bath” (think Barton Springs or Deep Eddy)?


Scooch over, Austin FC

ESPN has ranked the Austin-San Antonio region as the top location for a potential MLB expansion. But before you start cheering for the Austin Bats (ok ESPN, adorable), the reporter cites at least two major obstacles:

⚾ The Houston Astros already reign supreme in this neck of the woods and — while a 3-hour trip isn’t ideal — driving there and back for a game is doable.

⚾ ESPN says the movement for a new team would need a strong backer, someone like say, Matthew McConaughey, who was crucial in building the Moody Center.


Will Texas ever learn how to share electricity?

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Hometown U.S. House Rep. Greg Casar and New York’s Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez have introduced a bill proposing just that. Below is the TLDR, or read Hearst reporter James Osbornes full scoop.

The Connect the Grid Act would require ERCOT to build a minimum of interconnection capacity with a handful of other grids.

It would also give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversight over power pricing and transmission planning in ERCOT. (Politicians in Texas have long resisted such a move for that exact reason.)

So what are the odds of this moving forward? So far, no Republicans have signed onto Casar’s bill, making it difficult for the measure to pass in the Republican-controlled House.

💭 A quote from the archives: Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business.” — Former Gov. Rick Perry, following Winter Storm Uri


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