AUSTIN, Texas — The Red River Merchants Association isn’t trying to build a wall, but they are trying to build a fence.

Local businesses in the area are concerned about what they call a crime-infested alleyway between Beerland and Sidewinder along Red River Street. 

They are in talks with the city about putting up a fence to help divert some of the activity off of the Red River Cultural District.

The city has provided up to $100,000 for the construction of the fence, which the area businesses hope will be up by the end of spring.