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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 4:13 PM
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Last month, I met up with two Austin forumers - Jdawgboy and the Genral, and we wandered around downtown for a bit.





West Campus - This area is northwest of downtown and west of the UT Campus. It's mostly student housing. About a decade ago taller building heights were approved for the area.









Next, we made our way downtown to find a place to park.







5th & West and the Independent.











The Seaholm Power Plant. The 1950s art-deco style building was transformed into office space. The area around it is mostly residential, retail, and restaurant space.









5th & West Residences (459 feet 39 floors) and The Independent (690 feet 58 floors).



5th & West and the Independent, plus the Seaholm Residences on the left.



New construction - Third + Shoal, an office building (387 feet 28 floors), and Austin Proper a hotel and condos (397 feet 32 floors)



Next, we made it over to the new Central Library. There's a public reading balcony on the 6th floor overlooking downtown.













The (former) Seaholm Power Plant.











South Austin Medical Center - going through an expansion adding several floors to the building.



70 Rainey, a condo building, (419 feet 33 floors).



Cropped "zoomed" version of the above photo showing the airport Hilton Hotel in the distance at ABIA - about 6 1/2 miles away. You can just see a jet tail sticking up to the left of it.



View from the library - This group of buildings is part of the redevelopment of the Green Water Treatment Plant. Third + Shoal, seen here under construction on the left, which is actually on a lot that was not part of the plant redevelopment, replaced the Austin Music Hall. The other three towers to the right of it are part of the redevelopment. The last remaining lot on the lower right will also be developed with a tower. In all, about 3 million square feet of office, hotel, apartments, condos, and retail will be completed in 5 towers. Facebook and Google are tenants in two of the buildings.







The Independent looms north of the library.



Looking north toward West Campus, the area we drove through earlier.



500 West 2nd - the "Google Tower" - I'm happy with it. I like the details.











The dreaded Seaholm substation smack dab in the middle of density. Hopefully, someday, this will go away.









The Independent













With the closing of the power plant and water treatment plant, it was possible to build new sections of streets through those blocks. 2nd Street got a new bridge across Shoal Creek which helps with traffic flow from the west side of downtown to the east.











































500 West 2nd



Austin Proper



Northshore and 500 West 2nd.



















Northshore - I like the detail on this one.











500 West 2nd











2nd Street



Northshore





The Willie Nelson statue outside the Moody Theatre - Austin City Limits studio.



After we had lunch, we left downtown to go up to North Austin to visit a fish store. Jdawgboy was helping the Genral to pick out some fish and other supplies for his aquariums.



We also stopped off at a second store in South Austin.











~Thanks for looking.
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2018, 4:34 PM
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Good grief Austin is growing. I'm always surprised by the number of projects in the proposals and construction area, but the volume of construction is unbelievable.
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I've got a slight feeling that this is Texas's Big Easy.
The "brat", they would call it over there.
Obviously, that's to be taken as a compliment.
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Good grief Austin is growing. I'm always surprised by the number of projects in the proposals and construction area, but the volume of construction is unbelievable.
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Hard to believe how much growth is going on there. Thanks Kevin.
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Holy shit that’s a lot of construction! Hey, if there’s any city in Texas I’d like to see grow Austin is definitely up there! Great photos!
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Did they finally paint these ugly things or is that just a shadow or the lighting making them look dark? The last time I went by there in December they were still a putrid grub larvae off white.

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Did they finally paint these ugly things or is that just a shadow or the lighting making them look dark? The last time I went by there in December they were still a putrid grub larvae off white.

They're the same. They were just in shadow from the library.
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Nice!

Austin looks great.
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Nice height with the new towers going up! I didn't realize how tall they were. The photos looking straight up really give a good sidewalk perspective.
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Still mystifying on the sustained boom Austin has had for what 20 years!?
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Still mystifying on the sustained boom Austin has had for what 20 years!?
Well, the 90s were pretty boring for high rise development in Austin. I was starting to wonder if I'd ever be able to see one under construction that I would have a good memory of. I was too young to care when most of the ones in the 80s were built. The first office "tower" to come along was the 23-story 300 West Sixth in 2002. Then 2 years later the Frost Bank Tower was built, along with the 31-story Hilton Convention Center Hotel. There were a few smaller residential buildings in the 10 floor range that were built back then, but nothing too major. Some sizable ones were also proposed but didn't happen. It wasn't until 2008 that several new buildings finished construction, including 360 Condos, which was a new tallest for Austin. Still, we've had 4 new tallest buildings in Austin since 2004, including The Independent that's under construction now. You would have to go back to 1974 to be able to count the previous 4 new tallest which came in '74, '75, '84, and '87. We'll be having another new tallest in a few years with the 608 Guadalupe Tower. We spent 1987 to 2004 with just two building in Austin that were taller than 400 feet. Now we have 18 buildings over 400 feet, and 16 of those didn't exist before 2004.
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Well, the 90s were pretty boring for high rise development in Austin. I was starting to wonder if I'd ever be able to see one under construction that I would have a good memory of. I was too young to care when most of the ones in the 80s were built. The first office "tower" to come along was the 23-story 300 West Sixth in 2002. Then 2 years later the Frost Bank Tower was built, along with the 31-story Hilton Convention Center Hotel. There were a few smaller residential buildings in the 10 floor range that were built back then, but nothing too major. Some sizable ones were also proposed but didn't happen. It wasn't until 2008 that several new buildings finished construction, including 360 Condos, which was a new tallest for Austin. Still, we've had 4 new tallest buildings in Austin since 2004, including The Independent that's under construction now. You would have to go back to 1974 to be able to count the previous 4 new tallest which came in '74, '75, '84, and '87. We'll be having another new tallest in a few years with the 608 Guadalupe Tower. We spent 1987 to 2004 with just two building in Austin that were taller than 400 feet. Now we have 18 buildings over 400 feet, and 16 of those didn't exist before 2004.
Yeah, it is really remarkable.
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Still mystifying on the sustained boom Austin has had for what 20 years!?
same as denver: people priced out of california
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whoa. i haven't been there in almost 8 years, too damned long. that core looks so much more dense now.

thanks for the pics

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