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Austin, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in nation, something that can plainly be seen just by simply walking through downtown on any given day.  No matter which direction you face, you will see buildings being renovated and skyscraper sized cranes laying the groundwork for the next high-rise office building or hotel.  Those new buildings will share the skyline with buildings like the Frost Bank Tower and the Austonian, which is the largest residential building west of the Mississippi standing at a massive 56 floors.   On the South Side of Downtown you will find Lady Bird Lake and some of the best parks and running trails in the area.  Every day thousands of runners take can be seen running up and down the waterfront, which helps solidify Austin’s position as being one of the fittest cities in the nation.  For those who are looking for something a little more low-key, Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores gives ample green space for people and their dogs to kick back and enjoy Austin’s year round warm temperatures.   The biggest draw of Downtown Austin however is the world famous 6th Street.  On any given night there will be dozens of bands playing at a variety of venues on the strip.  The weekends get even crazier, as they block off the street to allow thousands of people to roam freely, making it easier to bar hop.  Even the biggest weekend however doesn’t hold a candle to the annual South by Southwest music festival.  Each year in March thousands of bands come from all corners of the globe to perform.  If there is a place to set up a stage, you can bet there will be a dozen bands playing every day.   To see more of our Downtown Austin photography, the full gallery is here. Austin  Downtown 385