Towers from West 6th

Towers from West 6th - Austin, Texas

Towers from West 6th – Austin, Texas

I’ve talked a lot about all the new skyscrapers being built in Austin. There’s been a boom in construction, and the once-sleepy college town has certainly developed into a hot growth city. But, from many angles, the new towers are still sparse. Such is the case from this West 6th Street vantage point.

The tower in the middle is The Independent, currently the tallest building in Austin. To the left, the 360 Condominiums, the fourth tallest. The partial building on the right is the Fifth & West Residences at number 7. There are some streets, like 2nd Street, that looks downright urban, with tall towers right next to each other. You can see part of that cluster behind the 360 Condos. However, this is more of a representative view. There’s usually a lot of space between the buildings.

While that doesn’t make Austin competitive in the dense big city contest, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Especially these days with the pandemic, where more people seem to be souring on dense big cities. Downtown Austin is unquestionably urban, but not oppressively so. Even if all the surface parking lots a built out, I think it will have a nice mix of tall and short structures with a reasonable amount of breathing space between buildings.

I have a free monthly newsletter that’s perfect for busy people. Signup for the Newsletter to get the best of my posts, old and new, plus additional content not available anywhere else.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.