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Dawson Neighborhood

About Dawson

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  • Dawson Neighborhood is a rectangular area of Austin, TX deep in the heart of the original South side. It is bounded by four streets; Oltorf, South Congress, Ben White and South 1st St.
  • The Neighborhood is named after Dawson Elementary School, which resides close to it’s geographical center. See their website HERE.
  • MollyPICB02185-ADawson Elementary is named after Mary B. “Mollie” Dawson (1853-1933) who was the principal of the first public school in South Austin (now named Fullmore Middle School).
  • Dawson is .496 square miles in size. It sounds small, but Dawson is big and diverse on the inside!
  • The population is 2,779 [circa 2008, City-Data.com] [2,677 circa 2010, US Census]. With the construction of high-density condominiums around the outside and internally along Alpine, it’s growing rapidly and is probably around 3,000 now.
  • The average resident is 41 years old. Homeowners comprise 39% of the population [2010 US Census].
  • Dawson has around 1550 households [nextdoor.com]. Around 630 are single family homes [circa 2013, traviscad.org], and around 1010 are apartments or condominiums [circa 2015, respective mgt websites].
  • There is a wealth of info about Dawson Neighborhood on the City-Data website HERE.
  • Visit their highly-active discussion forum for Austin TX HERE.

Dawson Neighborhood Organization

  • See our Policies page.
  • We are listed in the Austin Community Registry.
  • We are under review for 501c3 nonprofit status.
  • The DNO is a collaborative effort by our neighbors for the whole Neighborhood.
  • It was founded in Jan, 2014.
  • Unlike other Dawson venues, it is a completely censorship-free zone.
  • DNO’s emphasis is on bringing neighbors together and unconditional inclusiveness.
  • The DNO Website is a virtual town center for Neighbors to visit and explore.
  • It is a place that gives a face to our community to the rest of the online world.
  • It contains collected links to online resources based in Dawson Neighborhood, or created by any of it’s residents.
  • The DNO adds attraction and value to the Neighborhood by providing collaboration and media resources using publicly-shared works by our Neighbors.
  • Neighbors are encouraged to repost articles from here, as long as they are in the form of an excerpt and a link to the source article.
  • This website provides a free online community which serves as a discussion forum, email “listserv”, files repository, calendar, and more.
  • There is a legacy discussion group hosted on Yahoo Groups which several neighbors remain active in. It is severely censored for content.
  • This website continues the tradition of former neighborhood websites:

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