Bars may have a harder time opening in the historic Rainey Street neighborhood as the Austin City Council considers new development rules for the burgeoning downtown destination.
If the council on Thursday moves forward with the new policy, recommended by neighbors, the Planning Commission and city staffers, proposed bars would go through another layer of scrutiny, likely slowing down the growth of the area as a nightlife district. Backers hope that will allow the neighborhood to grow with a mix of restaurants, other retail and high-rise residences.
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