The stars at night are big and bright: Congress Avenue to receive year-roundmood lighting
You know that content feeling you get whenever you're driving north on Congress Avenue (and there's no traffic) during the winter holidays, and all of the trees along the street are lit up with strings of lights, and everything just feels alright with the world?
Starting this November, you'll be able to get that same warm fuzzy 365 nights out the year after the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) completes their Congress Avenue Lights project.
“This project will bring a new vitality to the Avenue and create a vibrant pedestrian experience unlike anything Austin has ever seen,” Pamela Power, DAA board chair, said in a press release on Monday.
It is the organization's mission to preserve the robustness and beauty of downtown, and a large part of that project is branding Congress Avenue the next memorable American street like Michigan Avenue in Chicago or Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
After more than a year of research and planning, the DAA chose light manufacturer Blachere Illumination's energy-efficient designs as the engineers of their passion. The world-renowned outdoor lighting design company includes among their credits the lighting design of the Eifel Tower and the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Workers were already out this past Sunday setting up the preliminary cabling and support systems along the 136 trees between Cesar Chavez Street and Eleventh Street, but you'll have to wait until mid-November before the lights become active on a nightly basis.
The DAA will celebrate the project properly on December 1 at the Annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, when the festive feelings are at their peak. And thanks to the Congress Avenue Lights, those feelings don't ever have to go away come January.