Although Rainey Street is a major entertainment destination with the bungalows converted into bars. It has also evolved into a solid neighborhood for up-scale high-rise living. I snapped this at a food truck park along Rainey. One that I’m sure will disappear in time. Since every available plot seems to sprout an ever taller high-rise.
These are locals, I assume, since typical SXSW attendees don’t bring their dogs. And when South By takes over downtown, it is easy to think everyone on the street is out-of-towners. Austin worked hard to beef up the downtown residential population. And it seems to be working.
Over thirty years ago, when I moved to Austin. The city was dead after 5pm. That’s all changed. There is a constant hum of activity — both from tourists and local residents. While it’s easy to judge the success of downtown by its tall buildings, many of the new downtown towers are not office buildings. They are either full residential or mixed-use structures. This helps to bring a 24×7 vibrancy.
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