Developing Neighborhood Home to Many Students
After years of neglect, this are has finally begun to attract some attention from the City of Austin. Home to countless students, young professionals, and working families, the East Riverside area looks like apartment central: big complexes with hundreds of apartments fill the area, many of which cater to students. But with much-needed improvements to infrastructure, and with funding for new parks and recreational areas, this neighborhood is looking up.
Apartment development can be found in three main areas: East Riverside Drive, East Oltorf Street, and Montopolis Drive. Austin Community College has a campus located on Grove Boulevard, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is located nearby between Ben White Boulevard and Oltorf.
AMD, one of the city’s largest employers, decided to move to southeast Austin, and with them came hundreds of employees, an explosion of businesses, and more city resources and funding. Combined with the developments that came with the move of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to the area, things have been expanding and improving rapidly. As a result, the Mabel Davis District Park south of Oltorf, after a $6 million restoration, reopened in late 2005 with picnic sites, trails, and a huge swimming pool.
What to do
One of the areas best attractions is the Riverside Golf Course, formerly the Austin Country Club, where locals Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw earned their stripes. The course is open to members and non-members, and is very affordable. Also, check out the Krieg Field Softball Complex, home to tons of local softball leagues, where both kids and adults can be found playing year-round.
Strip-malls and bargain shopping are what’s best here – this is a great neighborhood to find that great deal you’ve been looking for. Check out the main areas along Riverside for most of the shopping and nightlife, as well as plenty of great affordable restaurants. The best choices here are the great quality, well-priced ethnic foods, especially the excellent Latin-American and Asian cuisine. Check out Baby Acapulco for some Mexican food and killer drink specials, or Wanfu Chinese for some well priced, tasty Asian.
Why live here?
If you’re a student on a budget, or a new Austinite looking to get established in the city, this neighborhood is a great place to start. With plenty of recreational opportunities, ample rental housing available, and a diverse community of students and families, Riverside is a neighborhood that’s on its way.
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