A Changing City

Austin is changing at an amazing pace.  I've read where over 100 people a day move here.  The city is getting more dense as the years progress.  With little room to expand otherwise, new construction is moving upward.  The smallish college town I remember from a few decades ago is starting to look like a real metropolis.  The skyline seems to change with each passing year.  Office and living spaces are stacked on top of each other, higher and higher, reaching further toward the sky than the previous man made structures.  

Growth comes at a price.  It's not as easy to move around anymore.  Traffic has become a daily nightmare in which I'm loath to participate.  Parking in downtown is no fun - expensive and scarce on many a night.  Public transportation has not kept up with the influx of residents, although we are at least starting to see some improvements.  We have a rail service that I use when available.  Unfortunately the hours of service are still limiting at this point.  It's odd how I seemed to be able to move around Manhattan easier than Austin when I visited New York a couple of years ago.  Austin is growing into a big city.  At the moment it is still a toddler with growing pains.  

Some changes are quite nice.  A boardwalk was completed recently along the south bank of Lady Bird Lake.  It skims over the water, following the shoreline for a few miles.  I took the shot above on my first visit to this new installation with a couple of good friends.  We found the boardwalk to be a peaceful place to walk or cycle and it offers one of the best views of the city.  Austin looks so calm across the water.  I like that we now a quick retreat of sorts to escape the commotion of the city and still enjoy it from a quieter perspective.