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Old Posted May 25, 2019, 2:49 AM
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*sigh*

My grandma's home will be demolished and replaced with 2 new 2-story units. It's located in the South Manchaca District (south of Ben White between Manchaca & South 1st). Jdawg's stomping grounds.

My mom and aunt sold it late last year finally. They were hoping it'd be renovated, but I knew it'd get torn down. I've been monitoring the permit site, and they were filed this past Monday.

I grew up at that house. She kept me before and after school and during the summers all the way through middle school at Porter. Sad to see it go.


https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...ertyrsn=906110

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Old Posted May 25, 2019, 3:25 AM
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*sigh*

My grandma's home will be demolished and replaced with 2 new 2-story units. It's located in the South Manchaca District (south of Ben White between Manchaca & South 1st). Jdawg's stomping grounds.

My mom and aunt sold it late last year finally. They were hoping it'd be renovated, but I knew it'd get torn down. I've been monitoring the permit site, and they were filed this past Monday.

I grew up at that house. She kept me before and after school and during the summers all the way through middle school at Porter. Sad to see it go.


https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...ertyrsn=906110

Photos on pages 9-19.
Damn. I had family that lived four houses down at the end of the cul-de-sac. The house would rattle when the trains went by.
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Old Posted May 25, 2019, 3:44 AM
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Damn. I had family that lived four houses down at the end of the cul-de-sac. The house would rattle when the trains went by.
Are you serious? Small world. I think the house next to that one was the home to a kid that was in the movie Lord of the Flies. He only had one short line.

The train reminds me of the beginning of this clip.

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Old Posted May 25, 2019, 7:02 AM
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Vinson Drive, which is on the other side of the tracks from there, is my bike route to downtown. I cut over to St. Elmo from there and ride down to Congress. I've noticed lately that at least a handful of new houses are being built in that area. There was a 1-story duplex on Emerald Forest just before it turns into Vinson. It was torn down and they're still working on building a 2-story replacement. There was another tear down at Mount Vernon and Casey at that crazy hill on the corner. We were by there about 2 weeks ago and they were doing the groundwork for something.

One of the first houses my aunt and uncle lived in after getting married was on Philco, but I think it was a bit closer to Manchaca. They didn't live there long, though. They were bouncing back and forth between Austin and Colorado.
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*sigh*

My grandma's home will be demolished and replaced with 2 new 2-story units. It's located in the South Manchaca District (south of Ben White between Manchaca & South 1st). Jdawg's stomping grounds.

My mom and aunt sold it late last year finally. They were hoping it'd be renovated, but I knew it'd get torn down. I've been monitoring the permit site, and they were filed this past Monday.

I grew up at that house. She kept me before and after school and during the summers all the way through middle school at Porter. Sad to see it go.


https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/perm...ertyrsn=906110

Photos on pages 9-19.
One of my sons owns his home on Orlando Blvd just south of Philco. He & his late wife bought it 16 years ago. The family loves the area as it is.
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Old Posted May 26, 2019, 9:11 PM
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There's a movie on Netflix called First Impression with a really nice aerial scene flying over the river toward downtown. Based on what's missing and the cranes, that scene was probably shot in 2006. I couldn't find it on Youtube, but if you happen to have Netflix, check it out. I don't think the movie was filmed here. The next skyline shot was of Atlanta.
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Old Posted May 26, 2019, 9:48 PM
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There's a movie on Netflix called First Impression with a really nice aerial scene flying over the river toward downtown. Based on what's missing and the cranes, that scene was probably shot in 2006. I couldn't find it on Youtube, but if you happen to have Netflix, check it out. I don't think the movie was filmed here. The next skyline shot was of Atlanta.
That opening shot captures the beginning of the boom quite well. I didn't watch much past this point. But based on the rest of the intro a ~2007 aerial of Austin passes as a 2018 shot of Atlanta?

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To suppliment my pension until I fully retire in a few years, I'm a manager at Public Storage. I see folks moving to Austin at least a few times per week. Today I rented to 2 people who just arrived from Lubbuck, 4 from Los Vegas, 1 from Chicago, and 2 from Dallas, all with their tired Uhauls. 9 people just moved to Austin on my 7 hour watch. All tranfered with their companies, one said he works for General Motors but I don't recall a GM around here. One of the guys from Dallas is originally from Venezuela. He said he is a huge soccer fan who is planning on getting season tickets to all the Austin FC games.
The family from Vegas said there was once a time when it was affordable to live there. After doing their research, they chose the Austin area over their other options. Just saying...I'm one person, in 7 hours, welcoming 9 new people to Austin. Must be something going on around here...
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To suppliment my pension until I fully retire in a few years, I'm a manager at Public Storage. I see folks moving to Austin at least a few times per week. Today I rented to 2 people who just arrived from Lubbuck, 4 from Los Vegas, 1 from Chicago, and 2 from Dallas, all with their tired Uhauls. 9 people just moved to Austin on my 7 hour watch. All tranfered with their companies, one said he works for General Motors but I don't recall a GM around here. One of the guys from Dallas is originally from Venezuela. He said he is a huge soccer fan who is planning on getting season tickets to all the Austin FC games.
The family from Vegas said there was once a time when it was affordable to live there. After doing their research, they chose the Austin area over their other options. Just saying...I'm one person, in 7 hours, welcoming 9 new people to Austin. Must be something going on around here...
That's an impressive amount of people in one day at just one of a zillion public storage facilities, and they are coming from a variety of locations.

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GM has a large IT facility at Tech Ridge in the former Dell facility.
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Old Posted May 27, 2019, 12:20 AM
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To break down my encounter a bit more, the two from Lubbuck moved to Texas a few years ago from Mexico. The only person from Texas was one of the two from Dallas. There were 3 people helping the Vegas family move their stuff. They just moved to Austin back in March from California. They helped the Vegas people decide on Austin. I think part of what keeps this wagon steaming full speed ahead is word of mouth. Its actually what got me here sight unseen. Last week I rented to a former West Point Officer who lived across the river from my hometown in NY. (had a nice conversation with him.) He and his partner (from Philly) are now living in Austin. In the last few months, I have welcomed people from NY, Boston, Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Indiana, Minnesota, Conneticut, and most recently, Denver, Oregon, and Alaska and Chicago. Seems I never had the fortune to welcome anyone from Montana, or Alabama for that matter.
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I'm moving to Austin from Chicago with my husband this week. Yet another corporate relo for big tech. We know a number of other people from the same company, mostly California based, who are in process also. My full experience with Austin is about 48 hours in total but the husband has been there for work a few times.

After almost 40 years in IL I'm ready for a change in weather.
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I'm moving to Austin from Chicago with my husband this week. Yet another corporate relo for big tech. We know a number of other people from the same company, mostly California based, who are in process also. My full experience with Austin is about 48 hours in total but the husband has been there for work a few times.

After almost 40 years in IL I'm ready for a change in weather.
Good luck. This time of year might not be the change of weather you are seeking. Hang out near cool water until October, and you will receive your reward of braving your first summer without much acclimatization.
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Good luck. This time of year might not be the change of weather you are seeking. Hang out near cool water until October, and you will receive your reward of braving your first summer without much acclimatization.
I don’t mind the heat so much and I’ve spent time in Houston in the dead of summer so I know what I’m getting into.
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Old Posted May 28, 2019, 12:47 AM
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That reminds me of the time I drove my ex-gf down to Austin from Ottawa. She was saying how it gets hot in Ottawa and she'd be fine....how they can have heat index of 40C.

It was the summer of 2011. We stopped somewhere in NE Texas and she almost fainted when she got out of the car. It was pretty funny watching reality set in before my eyes.
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Austin doesn't have the same humidity as Houston, so you'll be good.

We relocated to SE Asia from China last year. It was over 100˚F beginning in February this year. Nasty hot, puts Houston to shame. I miss China sometimes...but now I can use Google and stuff without having to get on a VPN, so there's that.
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Austin doesn't have the same humidity as Houston, so you'll be good.

We relocated to SE Asia from China last year. It was over 100˚F beginning in February this year. Nasty hot, puts Houston to shame. I miss China sometimes...but now I can use Google and stuff without having to get on a VPN, so there's that.
It depends on the time of year or wind direction coming off the Gulf of Mexico, but Austin can rival Houston in humidity. In fact as I checked right now at 10:15 a.m. Austin's humidity is 74% while Houston's is currently 70%. Not a big difference but it does show that it can be just as bad. Other factors from year to year play a part such as overall rainfall over the summer months.
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I watch the local news, mostly the nbc or abc channels and they lead in with a city scape of the skyline. One thing that is obvious to me, but likely not most viewers is the background showing the SL. It takes one of them to update to the city's actual finished projects. I think 1 or 2 have the Independent in their back drop. I can imagine the next 3 years will have them scrambling to one up the others as it changes in the next 3 years. I s'pose they don't like seeing all the cranes in the back ground. Ha Ha!
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I watch the local news, mostly the nbc or abc channels and they lead in with a city scape of the skyline. One thing that is obvious to me, but likely not most viewers is the background showing the SL. It takes one of them to update to the city's actual finished projects. I think 1 or 2 have the Independent in their back drop. I can imagine the next 3 years will have them scrambling to one up the others as it changes in the next 3 years. I s'pose they don't like seeing all the cranes in the back ground. Ha Ha!
You are right about most people not noticing. I had to stop my wife from buying a framed photo of Austin's skyline about 1 year ago.. it was a nice photo, but I don't think it even had the Austonian. I had to explain to her that the skyline doesn't look like that anymore, and even if HAD been an up to date photo, it would be outdated in a year or two. And it's not like we live way out of town or everything -- she sees the skyline every day when leaving our neighborhood.
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As Kevin has stated "Building porn" as his dad called it, some
wouldn't notice a 1000 ft building, just the whole picture, that's not a big miss, it's just amateur level observation.
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You are right about most people not noticing. I had to stop my wife from buying a framed photo of Austin's skyline about 1 year ago.. it was a nice photo, but I don't think it even had the Austonian. I had to explain to her that the skyline doesn't look like that anymore, and even if HAD been an up to date photo, it would be outdated in a year or two. And it's not like we live way out of town or everything -- she sees the skyline every day when leaving our neighborhood.
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Saw a revew of a new book, "Barton Creek" that traces the creek all the way back to its source. I think I need to buy it!
Bought the book. It's really interesting. Follows the creek from where it runs into Town Lake all the way back the the spring where it begins on a ranch some miles away. I had no idea it was so large or that there were so many beautiful pools and rapids (when it's flowing) beyond Campbell's Hole.
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