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Austin Stock - The Ashton

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Completed in 2009, The Ashton is a 412 foot tall residential building located in the heart of Austin, TX.  At 36-stories, The Ashton currently ranks as the sixth largest building in Austin, although with the current development boom it will be surpassed by a number of projects in the near future.  At the moment however it is the tallest apartment building in the city.   Thanks... Read More »

Austin Stock - Alamo Ritz

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Located on the world famous 6th Street, the Ritz theater is one of the oldest theaters in the nation   Built in 1929 by J.J. Hegman, the Ritz theater was the first theater in Austin built to show the new talking pictures that were all the rage.  By the 50’s the theater had changed ownership a number of times and had started showing Westerns almost exclusively.  As television began... Read More »

Austin Stock - Silicon Labs

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While Austin is known around the world as the live music capitol of the world, it also has one of the largest tech communities in the country.  Companies like video game maker Blizzard, Semiconductor maker Freescale and Google all have major offices in Austin.  Unlike the rest of those companies, Silicon Labs not only has their headquarters here, but have it right in the heart of... Read More »

Austin Stock - One Congress Plaza

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When One Congress Plaza opened its doors back in 1987 it took its place on the Austin Skyline as the tallest building.  It continued this run as the tallest building until 2004 when the Frost Bank Tower opened up.  Outside of the Texas State Capitol, which stood as the tallest building for an astonishing 86 years, One Congress Plaza has had the longest stretch at king of the Austin skyline... Read More »

Austin Stock - MetroRail

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      Austin has some of the worst traffic in the nation, consistently ranking in the top ten most congested cities.  Thanks to Austin being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the traffic problems are only getting worse.  A number of projects have been started around the city, such as the expansion of the Mopac Expressway, in an attempt to alleviate... Read More »

Bat Bridge

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  Every city has bridges leading into it, and for the most part they are completely un-newsworthy.  Sure you have some that are tourist destinations due to their fame, like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC, but none of them have what the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin has - bats! Lots of them.   In 1980, the bridge... Read More »

The Austonian

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  The Austin skyline has grown dramatically in recent years, and The Austonian Condominiums are without a doubt one of the highlights of the new skyscrapers.  Owned by Moreland Properties, this 56 floor building is not only the tallest residential building in Texas, but also one of the tallest residential buildings west of the Mississippi River.   Construction began on August... Read More »

The Long Center

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  While Austin is primarily known as a music town, it does have a venue that hosts more upscale events.  The Long Center for the Performing Arts was originally opened in 1959 as the Lester E Palmer Auditorium.  In the late 1990’s, the building began raising funds for a major renovation; however in the early 2000’s, thanks to a slowing economy, fundraising hit a snag.  Nearly a... Read More »

West Austin

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  The West side of Austin is growing at an incredible rate, with numerous large cranes laying the foundation for what will be another skyscraper.  In recent years a number of high end condos and office buildings have sprung up, offering up a nice counterpart to the more traditional home, artist centered East side of town.   One of the highlights of  West Austin is the direct... Read More »

Starr Plaza

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  Starr Plaza is located in the small South Texas town of Rio Grande City, which is right on the Mexican border (which isn’t an exaggeration - the border crossing can be seen from the parking lot).  With the centerpiece being an HEB Plus!, it is a driving economic force in this small community of 14,000.  On the day of our shoot, there was an abundance of traffic, both via foot and... Read More »