I’m down 2 blocks south from yesterday’s post, on East 5th Street looking West. Here’s a closeup of the 32-story hotel and apartment tower I talked about previously.
I don’t remember what was here before this building, perhaps a parking lot. Austin had a lot of low-value surface parking until recently. One by one, they’ve been replaced by significant new towers. I like how this structure fills in the street next to the Westin hotel to the right. The Westin itself is new-ish, opening in 2015.
Notice the SXSW’20 banner on the left. I made this photo a week before the event was scheduled to start. For obvious reasons, SXSW was canceled this year. That probably saved Austin from a spike of COVID cases in March. Unfortunately, we got that spike right now, starting in late June and into July.
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