Shed a Tear for the Lowly Condo!
More development developments at 7th and Rio Grande
By Wells Dunbar,
12:12PM, Wed. Feb. 14, 2007
That's the high-rise-happy word over at that local blog outta New York, Austinist, where they're already mourning the proposed 400-foot tower before City Council tomorrow as "on the chopping block." A little premature, what with the entire post dedicated to how everybody thinks it's just the greatest thing ever, except those old maids over at the Austin Woman's Club. But Austinist, like, watched its planning debate on Channel 6 or something, so, like, they totally know what they're talking about. (Oh, and "the wife of the author of this post works for the architecture firm designing this project." Wouldn't you know?) C'mon - worse-case scenario here - the most council's likely to do is allow a possible delay to construction, until the Downtown master plan is crafted. And lastly, when the shit in recent memory has council shattered such a glass phallus? But what else would you expect from the blog all-things-Austin to recently transplanted Californians?
Anywho, the post entirely ignores the concerns of these guys, but as was made clear earlier, they may be outnumbered. An 11th-hour consortium of enviro-types (Dave Anderson, Brandi Clark, Mary Ann Neely, Jon Beall, George Cofer, Ted Siff, Jeb Boyt, David Foster, Craig Smith, and Gene Lowenthal) has rallied behind the tower as a paragon of dense urban living, urging the council to approve it tomorrow. Look to RG4N as an example - when your name's Austinites for the Responsible Planning of the Original City Neighborhood, you might need something a little snappier.