Airport Boulevard or at least the bustling but non-scenic stretch of it from the Mueller development to its terminus at North Lamar may look and function a whole lot differently in the future. For the past several months, the City of Austin, designers and planners have worked on a plan to beautify the urban thoroughfare, making it more multimodal and pedestrian friendly. Tonight, at a meeting of the citys Design Commission , well see the result of that work, as the commission discusses and may take action on recommendations in the Airport Boulevard Corridor Study Report . So why this stretch of asphalt? Its location has several things going for it: The ongoing infill development at the former Mueller airport speaks to the areas redevelopment potential; so does ailing Highland Mall, the largely-vacant retail destination center that Austin Community College has a large stake in . Then theres the new Midtown Commons development at North Lamar, located on the Capital Metro Red Line .