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Here's a music video filmed in Austin - like within the past few days it almost looks like based on the construction cranes - featuring Chrissie Hynde (formerly of The Pretenders.)  It has some great people and street scenes. 

 

http://vimeo.com/91173533 

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Here's some current (04/01/14) population and land area data from the City of Austin's demographics website.  The total land area of the city of Austin is about 321 square miles and the population is 865,504.  

 

The part I find interesting is that there are another 224,305 people in Austin's ETJ (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) that the city could annex into the city limits.  This would put Austin's city proper population at about 1.1 million.  But that won't happen any time soon because Austin hasn't been annexing populated areas.  Instead the city tends to annex undeveloped areas that are likely to be developed in the near future.  Some areas get annexed to add large commercial developments to the tax base.  An example of this was the annexation of the 1100 Acres Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 race track.  

 

Austin (and Sunbelt cities in general) can't annex suburbs like a lot of folks seem to think.  Suburbs are incorporated areas that can do their own annexations.  Austin can only annex connected land that is not incorporated which is referred to as the ETJ.  Austin is fortunate to not be completely surrounded by suburbs.

 

Even though Austin is experiencing classic rapid sunbelt sprawl, the center of the city is densifying rather quickly with all of the new residential projects.      

 

 

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Here's a link to the city's website with more info:  

http://austintexas.gov/demographics

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The one mile long Lady Bird Lake boardwalk is opening in June.  This will complete the 10 mile hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake downtown.  The boardwalk was needed to complete the trail because private development in the 1970/80s left no room for a shoreline trail for a ~1/2 mile or so strech of the 10 miles.  Runners and bikers now have to go up a significant hill on Riverside drive and navigate the busy Riverside/IH-35 intersection to continue on to the trail.  They now have a level connection that goes under IH-35.  

 

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Here's a shot of where the boardwalk goes underneath the IH-35 parking lot.

 

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The boardwalk will provide a great viewing angle of the ever growing skyline:  

 

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Here's a recent pano of the nightly ritual of people lined up on the Congress Ave bridge waiting for the bats to take flight.  Click on the picture for a bigger version:  

 

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http://highfieldmedia.com/

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Here is the newly released Census Bureau list of the 15 U.S. cities with the largest city proper population.  Next year will be the first year that all of the top 10 cities have a population of more than 1,000,000.  

 

Number 11 Austin is on pace to move into the #10 spot because of its high growth rate.  But that won't happen any time soon because #10 San Jose has a decent growth rate as well and a lead of more than 100,000.  So Austin and San Jose look to be stuck at #10 and  #11 respectively for a couple decades - unless Austin starts to aggressively annex the surrounding unincorporated areas in it's ETJ.

 

In the three years between 2010 and 2013 Austin grew from 790,390 to 885,490.  That's an average increase 31,700 per year.  The suburbs are growing even faster.  The #1, #4 and #7 fastest growing cities overall during the past year were Austin suburbs. 

 

The real battle over the next few years looks to be for the #12 spot between the current #12 through #15 as well as Charlotte.

 

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The PDF version can be found here:  http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/cb14-89_pop_table2.pdf

 

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X-Games activities start this week.  Most of the events will be at the Circuit of the Americas F1 race track, but there will be events Downtown starting this week. There will be a lot of street closures downtown for the partying.  I work downtown on weekends, and street closures around the entertainment districts and their ensuing traffic snarls are a way of life here.  Here are some pictures of the X-Games prep going on at the track courtesy of the Austin American Statesman: 

 

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These images and more can be found at:  http://www.austin360.com/gallery/lifestyles/recreation/x-games-buildout-052914/gCLFC/#5308333

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The X Games start today.  The first two events - the men's skateboard and BMX verts - take place later today on Congress Ave. with the State Capitol as the backdrop.  The rest of the events take place at Circuit of the America's beginning Friday.

 

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http://www.austin360.com/weblogs/atx-games/2014/jun/03/giant-halfpipe-going-congress-avenue-downtown-x-ga/

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Another drone video from Flying Cross Aerial Productions.  The State Capitol is the focus of this one:

 

http://youtu.be/mcOZgvRJfzk

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Here's a screen shot from the well made drone video below. This is from the new mile long boardwalk:

 

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The video:  

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The Austin City Council passed an ordinance to make it easier for the many restaurants, coffee shops, etc. located downtown to open an outdoor patio/cafe by renting sidewalk space and parking places.  The one pictured below is at a Royal Blue urban grocery store.  There are at least five Royal Blue stores open Downtown with more on the way.  They are a local business that typically opens new locations in the street level retail space in large residential towers as they are completed. 

 

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The photo and article can be found here:  http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/real-estate/2014/08/austin-makes-it-easier-to-rent-sidewalks-parking.html

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Robert Plant recently moved back to England after living in Austin for a couple years after breaking up with his girlfriend, Austin singer Patty Griffin.  Other than who cares, I thought it was amusing that his favorite place to buy his groceries in Austin was at a relatively unknown grocery store called Fiesta Mart.  He lived only a few blocks from Whole Foods Headquarter's store but said Whole Foods was more like a "dating agency" than a grocery store.

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/at-the-watercooler/2014/08/former-austinite-robert-plant-calls-whole-foods.html

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Filmed in Downtown Austin:  

 

http://youtu.be/NcGhLcVqxf0

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Grande Communications has become the second Austin Metro internet service provider (ATT was the first) to offer 1 gigabit internet since the Google Fiber announcement.  Ironically, Google is still building their network and hasn't started offering their service.  Competition is a good thing.  

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/techflash/2014/09/grande-communications-president-resigns-to-open.html

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