Best Local Issue

Downtown Development/Condo Craze

They're coming in droves to plunk down $500,000 for their 1,000-square-foot piece of the Downtown skyline, aren't they? The Spring, the Monarch, 360, the Austonian, the 5 Fifty Five, the Red River Flats, the Legacy @ Town Lake, La Vista on Lavaca, the Altavida, the Shore, Brazos Place … the list goes on. Is it the Californication of Austin? Or is it returning Downtown Austin to its original status as a destination for locals? Are we sprinting toward being a world-class city? Or are we pillaging our past and selling it downriver? The answer is somewhere in between and is one of the hottest issues in decades.

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