The Austin Skyline

Okay, so, it’s ever-changing, and a lot of people are concerned about that, but let’s take a minute to appreciate the beautiful Austin skyline.  There’s a reason that fans, during UT football games, cheer so feverishly for the “What Starts Here, Changes the World” commercial (#8, “Get Your Horns Up”), and it’s not just for Walter Cronkite.  We live in a beautiful city with a beautiful skyline.

The beautiful Austin skyline at night, by photographer Erik Pronske.

The beautiful Austin skyline at night, by photographer Erik Pronske.

Oh sure, I guess every city could claim to have a beautiful skyline at night (except, of course, Youngstown, Ohio), but there’s something special about being in Austin now.  I don’t mean to offend the anti-development folks.  Typically these are the people who have been here a long time and don’t like seeing Austin change.  But to me, it feels like an important time to be in Austin.  The city’s changing in exciting ways.

Not only is the architecture itself beautiful (I’m looking at you, Frost Bank Tower), but the way its positioned was also thoughtfully executed.  I had a friend come to visit me this weekend, and as we approached the tower one evening and peered south to the Capitol, I thought to myself for the thousandth time, “What a beautiful city.”

The University of Texas tower overlooking the Austin night sky.  Photo courtesy of Benjamin Gustaffson.

The University of Texas tower overlooking the Austin night sky. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Gustaffson.

I’ll apolgize now for the “stop and smell the roses”-type post, but that’s an expression for a reason.  So next time when you’re on the cusp of being black-out drunk on 6th Street, thank the Austin city planners for giving you compass points in the night sky to direct you home.

-Jeff

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2 Responses to “The Austin Skyline”


  1. 1 JJohn December 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Even that picture of Youngstown looks touched up, perhaps more vivid than the city’s actual appearance.

    Have you ever been to Youngstown?

  2. 2 jeffbechdel December 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Yeah, lots of times. I’m from Beaver, Pa. which is only about an hour away. Not a big fan of Youngstown, but I suppose I was sort of unfairly picking on them for this post. What’s your Youngstown connection?


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