How did this Texas city get where it is today? What major developments have changed the physical landscape, skyline, and lifestyle in Austin the most?
Incredibly popular with millennials, Austin owns plenty of accolades from ‘Live Music Capital of the World’, to ‘Silicon Hills’, and ‘City of the Violet Crown’ for the lights on the horizon. Austin is also respected for having clean air, and being ranked as one of the safest cities in the US. This is a top-jobs and tech city, which may only have been lacking in the walkability department. This too may be changing with a surge in urban downtown development.
Together with data from the University of North Texas and Google, we have compiled a series of snapshots of Austin now versus a hundred year ago, more or less. Check out where we were then and where we are today, by sliding the arrows on the pictures:
1. Congress Avenue Bridge – Looking north towards the Capitol Building
Looking north on the Congress Avenue Bridge we can see that despite Austin’s reputation as a low-rise city a significant amount of glass and steel has sprung up, with a variety of architectural designs. Now known as the Ann W. Richards Congress Ave Bridge it is most famous for its population of as many as 1.5 million bats.
Photo Credit 1908: The Portal to Texas History;
Photo Credit 1900: The Portal to Texas History;