Learn About Greening Austin's Alleyways at Alley Blitz Celebration

Event: The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, local residents and community groups are gathering to celebrate students' work this summer to help transform the alleys of East Austin. The public is invited to see the results of the demonstration project and learn about ways to improve neighborhood alleys while enjoying refreshments from local growers and restaurants.

When: Wednesday, July 6, 5-7 p.m.

Where: In the alleyway between 8th and 9th streets at San Marcos St.

Background: Eight cities across the country have "alley greening" programs to reclaim these forgotten spaces that can constitute up to 20 percent of a city's footprint. Austin is aspiring to join their ranks, but what would such a project look like in Austin?  Design students in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin set out this summer to work with the residents of the Guadalupe Neighborhood, the City of Austin Office of Sustainability, the City of Austin Office of Public Works and several local nonprofits to consider how such a program might fit into the cultural fabric of Austin.

The students are finishing their projects and celebrating with their community partners during an "alley blitz" party, and the public is invited to learn about the project and about ways to help improve their own alleyways.