This month, we’ll be exploring the East 11th Street Neighborhood (also known as The East End IBIZ District) of Austin, Texas. This area is rich with history and in the middle of an amazing transformation to a street full of retail, restaurants and residential. The neighborhood, which was designed the African American Cultural Heritage District in 2009, is East of I-35 along East 11th Street, and continues east to Angelina Street along Rosewood Avenue.
Historically, this was the African American area of town, and its numbers grew after a sad chapter in Austin history when in 1928 all African Americans living in West Austin were forced to move east of East Avenue (now IH-35). The residents around East 11th Street created their own community with cultural institutions, businesses, two colleges and a robust and unique nightlife.
As Austin continues to expand, the East 11th Street neighborhood has been diversified and has become popular with Austinites of all backgrounds looking to be close to downtown for work and play. There are now many dining, retail and entertainment options in the area, and new apartments are being constructed at a fast pace. This month we’ll spotlight the dining and entertainment options, schools and employers and apartments available in this close-in neighborhood that is aiming to address the future, while not forgetting its past.