- May 25, 2006
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I'm not projecting my own snark, rather I'm replying with snark because your post is clearly phrased to be snarky.Yes, there are some blocks downtown but walk a few blocks in any direction and it's parking lots and single story buildings. Wouldn't you prefer urban fabric over a supertall tower surrounded by suburbia? You seem to be more on the urbanist team vs the skyscraper gawkers. So to rephrase my honest question: I still don't get why the market in Austin is generating demand for skyscrapers that are far taller than those in cities that have a lot more people. It attracts talent? Apparently, if the units sell, and I'm not doubting they will. And please don't project your own snark.
But I'll answer your honest question.
First, a supertall and an urban fabric is not mutually exclusive. Anyone telling you that is just plain lying.
Second, there are people who prefer to live in tall buildings, not just gawk at them. I specifically pointed out that a lot of transplants are from big cities and are likely accustomed to living in high-rises. Given that Austin is cheaper than say NYC, these folks can actually afford to live in high-rise condos there.
Third, Austin is the 11th most populous city in the US, it's not a small city. It may not be the densest but that's likely a product of Austin not putting density as a priority until the past decade. I guess you can say the reason that Austin is building these supertalls is so that it can densify.
Fourth, Austin is quickly becoming a premier tech hub that pays a lot of money. As such, these folks likely want to pay for the best amenities and many of these amenities are usually only available in luxury high-rises.