Intel Building Demolition

Austin bids farewell to giant Downtown symbol of tech-industry implosion.

Intel Building Demolition
Photo By Jana Birchum

That embarrassing reminder of Austin's tech-industry implosion, the Intel shell, was itself imploded on Sunday morning. Despite 11th-hour attempts by Mayor Will Wynn to preserve the unfinished building in the hopes that it might be the next Downtown mixed-use condo tower, the federal General Services Administration went ahead with plans to bring down the house and build a new federal courthouse on the property. Hundreds of Downtown residents and other gawkers – some fortified against the early morning (7am!) hour with Bloody Marys and beer – raucously cheered the destruction. Hopefully their hangovers were no worse than the collective one our city suffered earlier this decade.

Intel Building Demolition
Photo By Jana Birchum

Intel Building Demolition
Photo By Jana Birchum

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