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On 10/4/2019 at 8:17 PM, dragonfly said:

As fast as Austin is growing now, I'm pretty sure that Austin grew 35% between 1980 and 1985 when I was living there, if anyone remembers or can verify that. I think those years inclusive meaning a 6 year period, ending with the recession that forced me to move to Houston for work. Question: I looked around to see if Austin has a 5 star hotel, and could not determine so if you could tell me if one exists or is being built. They just broke ground on Nashville's second 5 star property, a Four Seasons 40 story located across the street from the riverbank.  I will say this about Nashville and it is astonishing, but they have been in the top 5 hotel building metros for several years, in numbers of rooms under construction: https://www.nreionline.com/hotel/eight-busiest-cities-hotel-development/gallery?slide=5.

Austin had its first downtown boom - all office - in the early to mid-80s.  But most of the growth was suburban sprawl, and the growth rate was more like 20% for the first half of the 80s.

I don't keep up with hotel ratings, and there seems to be multiple sources for the star rating.  The Four Seasons for one has been referred to as a five star hotel.  

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On 3/10/2020 at 6:29 PM, KJHburg said:

I can't wait to visit later this year for the first time in about 6 years or so.  

Well, hotel rooms and flights should be extremely cheap by then, and traffic won't be nearly as bad as usual.  Plus downtown venues/ restaurants won't be too crowded. 

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from the Houston Business Journal tonight about Tesla

""Tesla Inc. has picked Austin for its next big factory.  CEO Elon Musk said July 22 the electric carmaker will build a gigafactory in Austin, ending weeks of speculation about whether the electric carmaker would pick the Texas capital or Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the project.  Tesla intends to build a 4 million- to 5 million-square-foot manufacturing facility on a site off the State Highway 130 toll road near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The $1.1 billion project could employ about 5,000 workers with an average annual salary of $47,147.  Tesla, now the world's most valuable automaker, plans to build its new Cybertruck at the plant, as well as its Model Y vehicles.""

Great news for the Austin area. 

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On 7/22/2020 at 6:21 PM, KJHburg said:

from the Houston Business Journal tonight about Tesla

""Tesla Inc. has picked Austin for its next big factory.  CEO Elon Musk said July 22 the electric carmaker will build a gigafactory in Austin, ending weeks of speculation about whether the electric carmaker would pick the Texas capital or Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the project.  Tesla intends to build a 4 million- to 5 million-square-foot manufacturing facility on a site off the State Highway 130 toll road near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The $1.1 billion project could employ about 5,000 workers with an average annual salary of $47,147.  Tesla, now the world's most valuable automaker, plans to build its new Cybertruck at the plant, as well as its Model Y vehicles.""

Great news for the Austin area. 

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