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  1. Austin doesn't need to grow out to gain population. The city is increasing the density within the city limits over the next 25 to 30 years. Under the Imagine Austin Plan, the city expects to add an additional 750,000 people within the city limits. There is plenty of space to do so without having to spread out farther. Having said that there will definitely be some spread out and of course the suburbs will continue to expand.
  2. Well per the,recent census update from July 2013 to July 2014 Austin is 912,000 but again these numbers are already nearly a year old. There have also been some discrepancies since the original count in 2010. Taking those into account and the growth since July 2014 Austin's current population as of right now is very likely close to 960K.
  3. Looks like things are going well, at least in terms of reservations. Latest info is about 300 units have been reserved and their sales office has only been open for a few days.
  4. Austin did boom in the 80s like the other Texas cities. In fact most of the office towers we had until recently were built during the 80s oil and financial boom but we didn't overbuild which in the end helped us recover much faster. As far as traffic goes it's been bad for a long while so it's nothing new for us. The reason why the city is building up rather than out is to get people living close to where they work and play. We are in a transitional akward phase. We've come a long way from even just 8 years ago, but we still have a good ways to go. Mass transit is the key and that will be the next challenge to overcome but if we do it right, Austin's core will be built up more like the cities of the northeast U.S. than a Texas sunbelt city. This process will take time though but it's amazing to see the city transform the way it has.
  5. Actually the reason why it looks like a lot of construction is because it is a lot of construction. About 9 city blocks with multiple highrises are being added to DT that was once taken up by a power plant and water treatment plant. That is just one area of DT seeing massive construction. Austin is in its largest building boom in the city's history and it's not slowing down anytime soon.
  6. No, The Austonian is Austin's tallest at 56 floors but this tower will rival the Austonian in height though unless they add more to the tower will only make it the second tallest in the city. There are other towers that are as tall and or taller in the works so it may be one of the top 5 when all is said and done.
  7. I like it a lot. Its very Miami-ish. It will dominate the east end of Downtown Austin.
  8. City Council has voted to postpone their vote till April 24th. There are several details that need to be ironed out including more affordable housing. I would take that recent rendering with a grain of salt the end result will likely look different. Either way this project will happen, its been in the works for several years and will add 9 new blocks to the Downtown grid. This is the largest amount of land that is being redeveloped in the Downtown Core.
  9. Construction should begin sometime in June.
  10. JDawgATX

    Future Austin

    Actually no, they are not overbulding in downtown Austin. Demand continues to be strong for condo development and whatever is not under construction now, will not be built until the economy gets better. The 44 story 360 Tower which opened up summer of 08 only has 2 units left. Demand has also picked up since Jan 09 as people are begining to buy condos in towers that are still under construction.
  11. Well I don't have alot of details on the re-development but I have been through the area recently. They have started construction of the neighborhoods surrounding the new Dell Childrens Hospital. A few months ago the shopping center opened and they are continuing to build fairly good size medical office buildings next to the hospital as well. This project definatly has long term viability and will greatly enhance that part of the city.
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    Austin Sprawl?

    First Off I DID say some of the blame went to Austin, not just the State and Federal Governments. Austin did stop alot of the freeways being proposed and its a good thing they did. Had those freeways surrounded downtown studys have already come out stating that our downtown would be no where near as vibrant as it is today. The freeways would have acted as barriers and we probably would not be seeing any urban revival. So yea in the 50s and 60s Austin at first said no, but don't blame it all on Austin... The State and Federal governments has for more than 20 years givin the city scraps while the freeways of Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio continued to have their freeways built up. The City did ask for state and fedral money to expand I-35 and other areas in the 80's and again in the 90's and the city was TURNED DOWN... There has been a 10 year study of what to do with I-35 that has yet to really come out with any results and I have my doubts on if anything will be done anytime soon. Either way the city needs to change its thinking and work to further expand our alternate transportation needs.
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    Austin Sprawl?

    Okay Ive lived in Austin all my life I can tell you that we are different than Houston and Dallas in some ways and that we are similar in others. Granted Austin has not done the best job in the world to stop urban sprawl especially west of the city in the hills, but we are making great leaps and bounds building up the inner core and downtown area. As far as traffic is concerned, alot of that is not the city of Austin's fault. Blame the State of Texas and the Federal government for not allocating enough money to the area. Granted if Austin went ahead and requested federal grants back in the late 50's and 60's like Houston and Dallas did, we would probably have a much better freeway system than we do now. The thing was at that time they city did not believe it would ever be a large city, now we are paying the price of what our former city leaders and voters did back then. We are getting Commuter rail starting sometime in mid 2008, though it may not be the best choice that voters approved, its still better than nothing at all. I think the city is doing a great job in making sure there is a good mix of residential, office, and retail in the core so people will not have to rely on cars all the time. I think that in effect the traffic will not be any more congested once most of the residential highrises are complete because most people living in them will not need to drive around to get what they need when they can just walk down the street and have everything they need right there. It will take another 3 to 5 years but that is where we are headed. In a few years the city will not be recognizable as our downtown will be the 3rd densest and tallest downtown behind Houston and Dallas. Alot of critisizm about Austin in here is mainly about the people and how the people boast so much. I can agree some people go too far with that but don't just judge a city by how some people make it sound like its the best place in the world to be. We have a huge homeless issue here wich I feel is something that needs alot of attention in helping to relieve. The city needs to push the state and Fed for more money for road improvements though I doubt we will see much of anything the way things are going. We have our problems too don't get me wrong but overall, I think we are doing pretty well in trying to deal with some of those issues while in others, we need more work to be done.
  14. By the way the Austonian is not going to be the only condo tower in that area. Right across the street at 2nd and Colorado streets, the AltaVida tower is going up, and a block over the new W hotel. That area is going to continue to densify also there are plans for a second tower on the same block as the Austonian though there is not set timeframe. I would bet it would be a tall tower as well.
  15. Highrise living at the moment is really targeted toward either single professionals or empty nesters who are relocating here. I believe soon it will start to change to families and younger people as eventually the prices will be more competitive once there is more supply for the demand. Right now most of the condos are alittle on the pricy side though the developers are required to put I think 10 percent of the units to affordible housing prices for lower income people. Austin is big on nature but this is actually the best way to go to keep Austin as natural as possible. If we dont build up, then we build out and that causes more wide spread development destroying more land. The taller a building can be, the smaller the footprint is. Slowly but surely people here are beggining to understand this though there are several neighborhood associations around downtown that are hard core NIMBYs and even after you point the obvious benifets to the city they still dont care. Austin is changing right now but its not what it used to be. it still has alot of qualities though that it has kept from loosing over the years. I think in the next decade your going to see a more sophisticated Austin though still charming will feel much more urban in the downtown and central core and hopefully still natural around the city's edge. As far as grocery stores and such several smaller grocers are located in downtown and I think in the near future we should see another grocery store either within downtown or very near. We do have some dry cleaners and other stores that are within walking distance and in time there will be many more choices.
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