Dreaming of the Google Tower

Dreaming of the Google Tower - Austin, Texas

Dreaming of the Google Tower – Austin, Texas

Over the next year or so, this giant hole will house the Google Tower. It’s the last open lot next to the 2nd Street Bridge. While the tower was not designed by Google, it will be an interesting one in a triangular sail-shaped configuration.

They rented this entire downtown office tower, which not coincidentally resides catty-corner from their current high-rise they share with Deloitte. Given their growth, I’m assuming that they’ll use both buildings as their Austin presence increases.

Someday in the future, looking back on these posts and photos will probably feel quaint. Documenting a time when there was rapid growth in downtown Austin. The fully-formed development looks so naturally of this place, but it wasn’t long ago when this area was overgrown and underutilized.

Only time will tell if this is a transitory burst of development that will peter out when the cheap money disappears. Or, will Austin continue to grow, moving forever past its quaint college-town roots.

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3 thoughts on “Dreaming of the Google Tower

  1. I think that one of the reasons that Austin is growing is that they have made a mess of housing in San Francisco – Silicon Valley and many can’t afford to live there. If Austin doesn’t fall into that trap, I think it will continue to grow.

    1. I think you have a good point. There are certainly a lot of people from California moving here and from other parts of the country. And, unfortunately the prices in Austin do seem to be going higher at an alarming rate.

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