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Central East Austin
This month, we’re spotlighting the Central East Austin Neighborhood of Austin, Texas. This quickly revitalizing area is bordered by I-35 to the West, Lady Bird Lake to the South, 183 to the North and Ed Bluestein Boulevard to the East. It’s a large area with a lot of different neighborhoods encompassed within its boundaries.
Historically, East Austin was inhabited by African Americans, especially after the city forced them to move there during segregation in the early 20th century. However, now the area is much more diverse and has become popular among everyone from students, to artists to young professionals. The mix of old and new residents lends the area a unique and vibrant atmosphere and each individual neighborhood has its own different flavor.
Manor Road has a mix of gourmet restaurants (Salty Sow), coffeeshops (Thunderbird Coffee), bars and theatre spaces (The Butterfly Bar/Vortex), and is located just on the other side of I-35 from the University of Texas. As a result, this area is popular with students, but families also enjoy living in the neighborhoods adjacent to Manor, Cherrywood and French Place.
East 7th Street has a mix of the old (family owned Mexican restaurants like Joe’s Bakery and Coffee Shop), and the new (coffee shops like Vintage Heart Coffee and Mexican-fusion restaurants like Takoba.) It’s also home to the nationally recognized Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company, who operate the The Off-Center theater in a converted warehouse off East 7th Street, and to the University of Texas Elementary School.
The Mueller Development was built on the site of the old airport and has a mix of single family homes, row houses, apartments, and retail, as well as Dell Children’s Hospital and will be the site of the new Austin Playhouse.
As you can see there’s somewhere for everyone in East Austin!