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City looks to improve SXSW experience

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The city of Austin is looking to improve the South by Southwest experience for local residents.

The city unveiled results of a survey collected from close to a thousand Austinites.

According to the city manager's office, the two weeks of SXSW require more police resources than any other Austin event. Officials are looking to partner with other law enforcement agencies for future festivals. In looking at survey results, they say there is one priority that stands out.

"Traffic management, and public safety a close safety. Cause that's always a challenge, moving people outside of downtown at the end of the night and the people who live here, letting them get to where they want to go," said William Manno with the City Manager’s Office.

According to the survey, most who responded say current street closures for SXSW are sufficient. Festival events should not be limited to one area downtown and there are too many special events permits given. They also say festival programming deserves a second look.

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