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Old Posted Apr 26, 2017, 5:05 AM
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Austin is really very green and tree covered, but the trees are often not as tall as trees found in many other green cities. It took me a while after moving here to appreciate the fact that Austin has such nice tree cover. Also, since there is so much Live Oak and Cedar, Austin stays at least partly green year round. That is a very nice feature, notwithstanding the allergies that come with the cedar.

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Old Posted Apr 26, 2017, 9:14 AM
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We visited someone we know in Buda about a month ago and went out in their backyard and the live oak canopy back there was incredible. The canopy was a good 35 feet high from the bottom and spanned the whole street. It was beautiful. Our neighborhood has live oaks, but they're not that continuous. Our house and the two others up from us have pretty good canopies, but that one in Buda was really something.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2017, 10:59 AM
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Surely Atlanta must have more trees than us. I would imagine Charlotte has a ton of them, too.
Been to both regularly over the past three years (live in Columbia and those are the two places with all the shopping and my friends and good gay clubs) and both are comparable to Austin's tree cover, just different types of trees.

Portland, Seattle, Asheville, Knoxville, etc. Those are places with more.
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Old Posted May 22, 2017, 2:51 PM
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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/u...ties.html?_r=0

Interesting little article about "densifying" cities. As the lede says:


"Be skeptical when you hear about the return to glory of the American city — that idealized vision of rising skyscrapers and bustling, dense downtowns. Contrary to perception, the nation is continuing to become more suburban, and at an accelerating pace. The prevailing pattern is growing out, not up, although with notable exceptions."

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"Seattle urbanized the most: Faster growth in the city’s neighborhoods meant that average neighborhood density was 3 percent higher in 2016 than in 2010. Among the sprawling majority, San Antonio and Austin spread out the most: In both cities, average neighborhood density fell by 5 percent between 2010 and 2016. All of the metro areas where density fell the most were in the Sun Belt, including Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas and Orlando. These sprawling metro areas are also showing faster overall growth than the urbanizing metro areas."


So even with our downtown going verticle by leaps and bounds, we're still spreading out at one of the fastest rates in the country. Kind of a bummer, honestly.
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Old Posted May 22, 2017, 3:15 PM
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Adding density to 4 square miles of downtown isn't nearly enough to make a dent in the thousands of people that move here each day. Adding, or at least allowing, density throughout the central core (183/35/290/MoPac) would at least make a significant dent, but unfortunately our council and neighborhoods are mostly in staunch opposition to this idea.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/u...ties.html?_r=0

Interesting little article about "densifying" cities. As the lede says:


"Be skeptical when you hear about the return to glory of the American city — that idealized vision of rising skyscrapers and bustling, dense downtowns. Contrary to perception, the nation is continuing to become more suburban, and at an accelerating pace. The prevailing pattern is growing out, not up, although with notable exceptions."

and

"Seattle urbanized the most: Faster growth in the city’s neighborhoods meant that average neighborhood density was 3 percent higher in 2016 than in 2010. Among the sprawling majority, San Antonio and Austin spread out the most: In both cities, average neighborhood density fell by 5 percent between 2010 and 2016. All of the metro areas where density fell the most were in the Sun Belt, including Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas and Orlando. These sprawling metro areas are also showing faster overall growth than the urbanizing metro areas."


So even with our downtown going verticle by leaps and bounds, we're still spreading out at one of the fastest rates in the country. Kind of a bummer, honestly.
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Old Posted May 22, 2017, 3:47 PM
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Adding density to 4 square miles of downtown isn't nearly enough to make a dent in the thousands of people that move here each day. Adding, or at least allowing, density throughout the central core (183/35/290/MoPac) would at least make a significant dent, but unfortunately our council and neighborhoods are mostly in staunch opposition to this idea.
This was one of my first reactions, too . . . that is, our growth rate would be impossible to deal with even if we didn't have as convoluted a zoning system, and NIMBYists around every corner (and on the council).

Just quoting that doesn't tell the whole story, IMHO.
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