Raising a Family in Downtown Austin
A new site has launched, UrbanFamily.info, which endeavors to be a resource for parents raising children in downtown and urban environments. The site is launching with a focus on families in downtown Austin condos, but hopes to expand to other cities down the line.
Rachel and Cruce are raising their now 4.5-year-old in a highrise in Downtown Austin. Below are some snippets from their interview with UrbanFamily.info.
AUF: Why did you choose to live in a highrise?
We knew we wanted to live in a condo for a few reasons – low maintenance, loved the idea of shared living, liked the idea of being downtown, the proximity to everything we wanted to do, and believed that a downtown condo would appreciate in value very quickly.
AUF: What are some activities that Crucie does at home for fun?
Family: We have very few toys. We mostly do activities and have adventures. We cook, garden on the porch, paint, create art, tell stories. We’ve flown on airships and broom sticks, built jet packs, and gone “camping” in the condo. We read, read, read. We play with play doh, water, popcorn, beans, and rice. We build with large blocks. And although it may not sounds like fun, we do lots of cleaning – Crucie loves to spray windows, scrub the floor, and help fold laundry.
AUF: What are some of your favorite activities to do in Downtown Austin outside of your home?
Family: We live across from the Mexican American Cultural Center (the MACC). We usually join in on whatever city supported festival is taking place. We also love their museum and art displays. We love to explore Lady Bird Lake and the hike & bike trail. Jim Jim’s Water Ice is a nice nearby treat. Also close by, East Austin has a huge number of eating-out options, including amazing food trailers. We watch the bats, we eat local food in the Rainey Street District, and we bike. The Convention Center is a stone’s throw, and we’ve watched the Texas Rollergirls play roller derby there. We can walk/bike to the library, and we love to drive Car2Go Smart Cars to zip around town.