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It's a really nice building. As soon as the crown is finished, The Austonian will really define Austin's skyline.

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Why is a building in AustIN named the AustONian?

:lol:

Huh? :o Tall buildings in Austin? I must not be keeping up with Keeping Austin Weird.

Wake me up when something important happens, like the lake is full of water again.

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I like it, but I'm not sure it fits in with Austin's vibe. Then again, it's better for the environment to stack people than to spread them out and plow under the prairie and build more roads, so maybe it is an Austin thing.

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Here's several new photos of the Austonian as part of the skyline that I took in the last two days.

From 9/13/2009

View from Mopac Pedestrian Bridge

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Views from Zilker Park

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Views from Lou Neff Point

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From 09/14/2009

Views from I-35

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View from the dog park

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Views from Joe's Crab Shack

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nice designs Austin has, but so far no bold designs have been constructed in Austin since the Frost Bank Tower.

Just a bunch of modern,sleek architecture. (which i like a lot.)

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Great shot! Is this from the new ACC garage?

No, that was actually from up by the TMI Castle. (Texas Military Institute) shown in the photo below

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I was on the edge of the property between the right side of the castle and the telephone pole in the above photo. The photo of the castle was taken from ACC's new garage, though. Here's another photo I took from the castle showing the skyline with that foundation for a cancelled condo project years ago in the foreground.

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The old foundation now has a chain link fence around it. I had to get those shots through the holes in the fence.

These are views of the Austonian/Skyline from ACC's new garage:

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Night view

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Another good vantage point in that general area is from the 4th floor stairwell of some condos that sit on the north side of West 12th Street between Lamar Blvd. and Blanco Street. This is the building I'm referring to. The stairwell is on the left-hand side in the photo.

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These are some of the views from there:

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Panoramic View

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Dusk

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Evening

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Lofty buildings have always served to illustrate their citizens' aspirations, and the very tops [have always served] as beacons to drive the point home. This stylized design, brought to us by the Dial Corporation, daily reminds the austoned to open up their Right Guard brand underarm antiperspirant and remember that keeping Austin weird does not mean keeping Austin funky.

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http://www.bisnow.com/houston_commercial_real_estate_news_story.php?p=9019

The Austonian, the tallest residential building in the Western US at 683’ and 56 stories, is open.

I don't want to rain on Austin's parade and I think we've talked about this before, but I'm really just kind of surprised thate Austin would get something this tall.

I don't know Austin well, but I' m thinking that part of the reason Houston doesn't get a res building this tall is b/c there are so many more places we're able to build b/c of no zoning, that shorter ones are built, and since they don't have as many places to build tall (can someone verify that?) that they must concentrate it all in one place and therefore they must build very tall?

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I don't want to rain on Austin's parade and I think we've talked about this before, but I'm really just kind of surprised thate Austin would get something this tall.

I don't know Austin well, but I' m thinking that part of the reason Houston doesn't get a res building this tall is b/c there are so many more places we're able to build b/c of no zoning, that shorter ones are built, and since they don't have as many places to build tall (can someone verify that?) that they must concentrate it all in one place and therefore they must build very tall?

It's not zoning or geography. There's plenty of inexpensive, flat, easily-accessible, unincorporated land to the east. And new single-family home prices there aren't crazy. That's the meat of why Houston isn't a big condo market.

Austin's urban geography has some limitations on development due to 'sight corridors', but that's not such a barrier to entry that it would justify an investment like this. Any other zoning issues can be overcome by the developer hiring political consultants...and they can frequently pull off a lucrative public subsidy for projects like these, while they're at it. That's part of Austin's secret is effectively-negotiable zoning and incentives. The other part was vibe--and yes, a City's vibe does matter in the capital markets, particularly with respect to dumb ideas like condominiums and residential highrises.

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Here's some night shots from around town the past week or so of the Austonian at night with the changing light colors.

01. Red - from Congress Ave Bridge

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02. White - from Butler Park's Observation Hill

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03. Green - from the glitzy & sophisticated nightlife district of S. Lamar Blvd. :D

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04. Yellow? From S. Lamar

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05. Yellow? from S. Lamar

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06. Orange (I think) from Butler Park's Observation Hill

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07. Orange (I think) from Butler Park's Observation Hill

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08. Orange (I think) from the 17th floor of the Hyatt

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09. Purple - from S. Lamar

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10. Purple - from 17th floor of the Hyatt

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11. Purple from the 17th floor of the Hyatt

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12. Blue - from the 17th floor of the hyatt

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