South Lamar, Austin, Texas
Businesses along S. Lamar Boulevard
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||512, 737|
South Lamar, Austin, Texas is a neighborhood in south Austin, Texas, United States.
Homes in South Austin have single family homes, apartment complexes, multi-family homes and condo complexes. Most of the multi-family residences are duplexes that were built in the 1980s. Because of this high concentration of duplexes, renters make up over 70% of the community making this a hotbed for investors.
The Broken Spoke, a legendary dance hall founded in 1964, still features live music nightly. Owner James White had a reputation for booking local acts and "outlaw" bands that had gained notoriety by rebelling against the mainstream Nashville sound. Leading this brigade were Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Such Texas favorites as the Dixie Chicks and George Strait also played the Broken Spoke when they were just starting out.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of South Lamar was 8,821 as of 2009. Population density per square mile is 6,253, triple figure for Austin at large. Approximately 55% white, 35% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian. Median household income is $39,319, and average estimated value of detached houses in 2009 was $213,391.
South Lamar is served by the Austin Independent School District:
Capital Metro MetroRapid Route 803 traverses South Congress Avenue providing express service to the rest of the city. Specifically, the route has stops at Barton Springs, Lamar Square, Oltorf West, Bluebonnet, Broken Spoke, and Brodie Oaks stations. Westgate Transit Center (the terminus of Route 803) at Ben White Boulevard also provides connection to other bus routes in the area.
- This once-gritty row of used-car lots and repair shops has evolved into a dense collection of locally owned businesses, many of which have sprung up in the past 10 years. There are 100 retail shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues alone on the 3.5-mile stretch of Lamar Boulevard between Lady Bird Lake and Ben White Boulevard. The influx has created some interesting contrasts — with boutique shops, trendy salons and hip restaurants coexisting with taxidermy shops and honky-tonks.}
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- "South Lamar Detailed Profile". City-data.com. Retrieved October 31, 2011.