AUSTIN -- Austin's Red River Street is now one step closer to becoming a protected live music district. That's after a unanimous vote from the city's Downtown Commission.
Wednesday evening the turntables were spinning overtime at the Mohawk at Red River and 10th Street.
Patrons and partiers posed for pictures celebrating the Mohawk's 7th anniversary.
A lot has changed on Red River Street in that time.
Jaimes is now Palone's, Stubbs is still around, Club Deville is still there, 710 has turned in to Valhalla,” said Owner James Moody.
Many consider Red River a glimpse into Austin's past -- of what it used to be like to find live music in one, general area.
Brad Spies with the Austin Music Commission is one of them.
“Really it's one of about three places in the U.S. where you can park your car once and then walk to five or six music venues,” Spies said.
Joe Camacho, a regular patron on Red River says the music options vary.
“It'd be country, hip hop, and metal playing within like a hundred yards of each other.”
Protecting and preserving Red River as a live music district took center stage Wednesday night at Austin City Hall.
Austin's Downtown Commission followed the music commission's lead by overwhelmingly approving plans to make Red River a cultural district.
“That just gives it added weight -- that multiple. Stakeholder groups are saying hey, this is something that's important to us, it's important to Austin, let's start the conversation,” Spies said.
“You're developing in a creative community, in a creative environment. Let's take care of it. Let's support it because it's actually the reason that you're building these buildings, Moody added.
An effort some believe benefits us all by helping Austin live up to its international reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World.
“The fact that they're making this a musical-historical area it's kind of like they put their money where their mouth is,” Camacho said.
It's still a bit too early to know exactly how this designation would affect new development, but commissioners say it wouldn't prevent it entirely.
The idea still has to be signed off on by members of the city council, and there's no indication if -- or when -- that's going to happen.