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Old Posted Dec 17, 2006, 7:34 PM
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great arieals....really shows how green Austin is
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\What the aerials don't show is the horrendous traffic nightmares in this area. I saw in the paper about a year ago that we have the worst traffic congestion of any mid-sized city in the country. I don't know who did the study, but I can believe the results. And I guess all of us who moved here for the "good life" created the problem!

I would put you guys up there with Orlando, UGH!!!!!!! Not cool at all.



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Awesome aerials, so much green - can't imagine all the development in the next couple of decades!
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I moved to Austin soon after I visited... it is funny to get impressions from folks who have never been to Austin.

1. Very few people know the elevation changes about 1000 feet into small mountains/big hills only 2-3 miles west of downtown.
2. Always amazed at how green it is...
3.... when you are downtown it is always crowded - unlike other big TX downtowns.
4. - the comment on the "small urban core... everyone expects San Fran off the bat.... the cool thing about living hear is you see the city becoming world class before your eyes... this is not like moving to an established urban core like SF, NY or chicago.... when I moved here there were like 700,000 in the metro - about the size of Toledo, OH... that was only 10 yrs ago. There is not over 1.5mil and adding almost 100K per year. With 30 plus large buildings going up and estimated downtown population of 25K by 2015 you almost have Seattle... and that's coming from nuthin.
5. Austin has the largest downtown population of any major TX city... actual grocery stores, etc.... its a real neighborhood which is rare for the sun-belt.
6 Living here I really feel a part of something special being created.... rather than jumping on an old band wagon.
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Old Posted May 14, 2007, 8:32 PM
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i did not just read austin and 'smart planning' in the same sentence. i don't like to start things, but i think that topic is highly highly aruguable.
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I would not refer "smart planning" as it is used in Portland to Austin... Portland has much more history and an older uban core as well. Austin wasn't around even as a mids-sized city 20 years ago!

Austin has always been a global leader in regard to environmental protection and conservation as well as green energy sourcing... which is a type of "smart planning". Austin also has its own global climate protection plan [one of only 2 cities to develop one at the moment]...so please be specific when using this term.

The city is in the processes of finally developing a comprehensive urban overlay plan that will be the start of a Portlandesque "smart planning". Really the overlay will leverage much of the lessons learned in San Francisco over the past 30 yrs. Austin has long relationship with an urban planning group HQd in San Fran.

Austin does have by far the best downtown in Texas [its the only downtown that is an actual neighborhood for one] in regard entertainment, restaurants and people watching. Big D, H-town are not in the ballpark... however they have plenty more shiny glass towers.... just little life.
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Austin downtown and landscape look awesome. Like most any other place, I don't care for the sprawl. I hope I can visit one day.
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nice. looks like a compact downtown with room to go up
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Nice to see this thread popping back up. God, I love those aerials. Kudos to Mopacs for his skills.

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i did not just read austin and 'smart planning' in the same sentence. i don't like to start things, but i think that topic is highly highly aruguable.
Well, we're not Portland, Seattle or San Francisco, but the city is making a concerted effort. Plus as ATXBoom pointed out, the city has been progressive in other areas atleast such as energy conservation. I saw something on the news a few days ago, something that I hadn't realized, which was that Austin has had a green building program for 25 years. That is an impressive number by itself, especially considering this is Texas, which isn't always known for its energy conservation, atleast in the past.

Anyway, blah, blah, blah, I like pretty hills.
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The following images are of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, home of the tallest mountains in Texas. At the bottom-left of this photo, you can make out the signature "El Capitan", at the southern edge of the park.

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As Mopacs pointed out, in the lower left there, that nose poking out - that's El Capitan Peak - 8,085 feet. El Capitan Peak Directly behind it is Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet above sea level. The highest point in the US east of the Rockies. Guadalupe Peak

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Old Posted May 18, 2007, 4:23 AM
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Old Posted May 18, 2007, 4:54 AM
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Directly behind it is Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet above sea level. The highest point in the US east of the Rockies. Guadalupe Peak

I'm a geek for this type of stuff.
I kinda thought the Guadalupe Mountains were actually part of the Rockies or at least the tail end...is that not the case?
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Old Posted May 18, 2007, 5:54 AM
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Old Posted May 19, 2007, 12:05 AM
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I kinda thought the Guadalupe Mountains were actually part of the Rockies or at least the tail end...is that not the case?
Yes and no. I mean, true they are part of the same overall system of mountains. Heck, if you look at a map of North and South America you'll see that the mountains in Alaska and Canada follow a chain all the way down through the US to the tip of South America. But I think they classify mountain chains according to how they were formed, how old they are and what type of rock make them up.

Actually the mountains in Texas that most resemble the Rockies are the Davis Mountains, also in West Texas. The Davis Mountains were turned into a state park, some favored making the area into the state's 3rd national park, but ranch owners in the area faught that and won. It's really one of the most beautiful areas of the whole state. The Guadalupe Mountains and some of the other chains to the south and west are a bit dry and craggy where as the Davis Mountains are greener and softer, more like the Rockies. This is also where the largest telescope in the US is located, at the McDonald Observatory on Mount Locke at 6,791 feet which is owned and operated by the UT-Austin. The highway up there is the highest paved road in Texas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald_Observatory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Mountains

Here's a few pics of the Davis Mountains.
http://www.informatik.uni-rostock.de...vis/index.html

Davis Mountains googled. Sorry for the rant of info, but this is my favorite chain of mountains in Texas. Absolutely gorgeous.
http://www.pbase.com/treebz65/davis_mtns_july2003

http://images.google.com/images?um=1...avis+Mountains
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