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Old Posted Aug 29, 2018, 11:47 PM
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Man, looking at it from the East (the direction from which most people view Austin), that building is going to look... dare I say, powerful.

It will definitely add an element of muscularity and "power" to our skyline. Like Austin asserting itself as a legitimate force.

This building kind of represents this new era of Austin; like when ancient cities built grand monuments at the height of their force. That is us right now; at the height of our force.
Fuck yeah Syndic! Well put.
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Man, looking at it from the East (the direction from which most people view Austin), that building is going to look... dare I say, powerful.

It will definitely add an element of muscularity and "power" to our skyline. Like Austin asserting itself as a legitimate force.

This building kind of represents this new era of Austin; like when ancient cities built grand monuments at the height of their force. That is us right now; at the height of our force.
The east side is the most cohesive one. It gives us that signature tower look. The other sides give us a more...unique...look that I have grown to accept and even embrace. While I am ecstatic about the Republic, and the other similar ones in the mix, I agree whole heartedly in your assessment of this one. Its going to be a formidable presence in the skyline for a long time. We are fortunate to be getting it. I can only hope I'm still around to see it completed. I'm not that old, but I'm not getting any younger.
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Old Posted Aug 29, 2018, 11:54 PM
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I keep hoping for some design tweaks to bring the 3 distinct, stacked uses into a more harmonious union. The architects did a pretty damn good job of that on the east side of the building and not so bad on the west, but I'm not enthusiastic about the disjointed look on the south facade. I think it's mostly because of all those balconies; it just looks messy.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 12:14 AM
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For the most part the lower part of this building will end up being obscured from all sides, so this will appear as only being the tall building in skyline photos. From the south, The Republic and whatever monster tower ends up being built at the old post office. From the east, block 71’s current tower and potential future tower which will likely be very tall given the small footprint. To the southwest, the potential IBC owned tower. Although the neighboring parcels to the north and west can’t be redeveloped, a few blocks away in those directions are places where tall towers could bloom. This is simply y’all fuller to me.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 12:22 AM
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I'd like to think that we are not yet at the height of our force cause If we are, means we won't go any higher and it's all downhill from here on out...
Well, our golden age could last much longer. Perhaps this building simply announces our presence onto the big stage.

I believe once you build big like this, it sets a precedent which all other builders will want and need to compete with. Along with The Republic, 6X will probably cause the average height of new buildings to increase.

I can't wait until 2022 or so when these buildings are built and Austin FC is humming along in their new stadium.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 12:42 AM
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My ATX wishlist

1. Elevated light rail in the city's core and to ABIA
2. A supertall
3. A HSR stop from OKC to Monterrey with a HOU line going to NOLA, an RGV line with SPI, and a Corpus line
4. Commuter rail from DT ATX to the DT of every major suburb
5. Nonstop flights to Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. More air carriers from overseas
6. NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL
7. A second elite university
8. Metro Area 5+ million (with no SA included)
9. A real Chinatown and real ethnic neighborhoods
10. More museums, performing arts, symphonies
11. Our own version of Pikes Place Market

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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 12:56 AM
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My ATX wishlist

1. Elevated light rail in the city's core and to ABIA
2. A supertall
3. A HSR stop from OKC to Monterrey with a HOU line going to NOLA, an RGV line with SPI, and a Corpus line
4. Commuter rail from DT ATX to the DT of every major suburb
5. Nonstop flights to Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. More air carriers from overseas
6. NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL
7. A second elite university
8. Metro Area 5+ million (with no SA included)
9. A real Chinatown and real ethnic neighborhoods
If we add mine;
10) Science Museum with a planetarium
11) World History Museum
12) World class aquarium
13) 1000 ft tower
14) The return of Aquafest and the speed boat races.
15) Observation tower with restaurant.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 1:01 AM
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My ATX wishlist

1. Elevated light rail in the city's core and to ABIA
2. A supertall
3. A HSR stop from OKC to Monterrey with a HOU line going to NOLA, an RGV line with SPI, and a Corpus line
4. Commuter rail from DT ATX to the DT of every major suburb
5. Nonstop flights to Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. More air carriers from overseas
6. NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL
7. A second elite university
8. Metro Area 5+ million (with no SA included)
9. A real Chinatown and real ethnic neighborhoods
10. More museums, performing arts, symphonies
11. Our own version of Pikes Place Market
1. I'd rather have a subway through the core and dedicated median or single purpose ROW in the suburbs.
2. The old post office block.
3. See the United States in 100 years.
4. I'd rather have a single rail system than multiple.
5. A potential Delta hub in 25+ years.
6. MLB is a possibility, maybe NHL awhile after that. MLS is the sport Austin is getting, and we also have racing events.
7. Texas State University and Southwestern are the universities you should observe for signs of growth if you want a second elite university.
8. Austin in 50 years.
9. There won't be urban ethnic neighborhoods in Austin in the way that people traditionally think. Chinatowns in the south are usually suburban affairs, for instance.
10. Agreed.
11. I wish! Where though?
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 1:17 AM
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My own additions to this list:

16. a true second skyline
17. more skyscrapers south of the river
18. a true midtown with skyscrapers extending north of West Campus toward the Triangle
19. the music museum
20. a world class zoo
21. cut and cap
22. growth in industries that are not only tech, legal/government, tourism/hospitality, and music -- financial, manufacturing, and distribution are areas where Austin should expand
23. a Delta hub in an expanded ABIA
24. serious steps to address housing costs
25. an urban park dedicated to food trucks as an Austin-style market
26. a bazaar
27. direct interstate connections to Houston, College Station, and El Paso
28. a thriving African American population, rather than shrinking
29. an entirely new state system university at the Domain
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Killeen/Temple Metro: 451,679 (+11.44%) + Waco Metro: 271,942 (+15.77%) + Bryan/College Station Metro: 262,431 (+14.77%)
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 2:00 AM
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Since we're making wishlists, I'll list some things we have going for us:
  1. Buildings are getting taller
  2. The South Shore is primed for dense development
  3. Waterloo Park will be reopened as a big-time events space
  4. Mid-rise development is approaching high-rise levels on the east side
  5. The Broodmoor Campus redevelopment will extend large mixed-use buildings beyond The Domain in North Austin and there's a lot of potential for development in this area with many large industrial properties potentially willing to sell to developers
  6. McKalla Place stadium will also help invigorate the sleepy section of Burnet between 183 and Braker
  7. Highland developing slowly allows for the potential of larger mixed-use buildings to come along as the market intensifies
  8. Mueller getting completely fleshed out finally fills in that hole on the east side
  9. The Grove will similarly fill in a big hole on the west side
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 2:11 AM
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My wish is the wish that can grant ALL of your wishes, and without it, you will most likely get none of them.

1. population density that meets or exceeds that of Portland Oregon. Due to our zoning laws and 40% far, that will never happen. Sorry y’all.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 2:25 AM
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What's going on in here?

Is this where we ask for ponies? I'd like a pony.

and a supertall.
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I just wish this one would break ground - and world peace.
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I just wish this one would break ground - and world peace.
I was waiting for someone to wish we'd get back on topic. Looks like we are all getting more tolerant here. And world peace The ATX?? Good answer Miss USA.
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Old Posted Aug 30, 2018, 7:33 AM
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I'll start with better mass transit and I think other things will come if it's done well. But it's also a chicken or the egg things sometimes. Density begs for better mass transit, but sometimes density won't happen without it....


My on-topic thought: This tower is a game changer if it happens as is. I'm excited to see ideas like this that are in the realm of reality rather than simple pictures of what *could* be with nothing to back it up.
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My ATX wishlist

6. NBA, MLB, NFL, and NHL
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I love the NBA more than any other major sport, but sadly I doubt we'll ever get an NBA team. With the Mavs, Rockets, and particularly Spurs, there are just too many teams close to us. Without a major expansion, I can't see us getting one. The prevailing sentiment might just be to move the Spurs arena closer to the north side of SA, so it's only about an hour from Austin. But even then, if I were thinking of Cities to add an NBA team to, Austin would be about 10th in line.... MLB on the other hand is probably the most likely of the 4 major leagues to have a team here.
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I was waiting for someone to wish we'd get back on topic.
It's perfectly OK to stray off topic a little - especially when there's no new project updates to discuss.
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Here's a larger version of the sunset rendering from Gensler Austin's Instagram:


https://www.instagram.com/gensleraustin/
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Love these wish lists.

In addition to those posted mine includes:

1) world class art museum(s)
2) world class performance arts district - seems like maybe the "south shore" would be a good place with Long Center and Zach Theater
3) underground rail system for downtown, elevated everywhere else. I don't think elevated will work downtown particularly because it wouldn't ever be allowed to cross Congress and block views of the Capitol.
4) why stop at 1000 for a supertall...let's do 1200' or better
5) more gay bars haha (can we get an Eagle please)
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I like that stripe a lot. I wish they could continue it somehow on the south face.
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