The revitalization of downtowns is important in bringing life back to these areas—together with its culture, economy, history, and personality. While these things are obviously beneficial to its citizens and the whole community, the changes that it brings may also mean changes in the North America skyline Illustration that many Americans have grown to love.
Eight of the tallest buildings in downtown Austin have not been around the area ten years ago. Yes, in a matter of ten years, the area has developed so fast that it managed to gain eight tall buildings and more, changing the skyline of the place.
This drastic change cannot be said for the other cities in North America. In fact, the development of Austin’s downtown area seems to be accelerating even more. The city’s central business district is now home to frequent construction activity, showing how much change is continuously happening, and will happen in the future.
As of June 2014, there have been 1,513 hotel rooms, 2.5 million square feet office space, 5,211 residential units, and 222,000 square feet retail space added to the city. That was just the number of establishments added to what they already have. Four years have already passed since then, and the city’s skyline just continues on changing.
Experts say that the change happened because of Denver’s $8 billion FasTracks program, aiming to provide 140 miles of light rail, BRT, and commuter rails to the city. While still in development, it has already opened up a whole lot of different options for commuters, encouraging people to move in and settle in the city. They say that this is why the urban residential market in Denver has been on an incline as well.
Seattle has more than 100 new development projects, with $4.3 billion worth of investment solely for downtown Seattle alone. This will provide 10,000 additional residential units to people looking to move here or simply change residences. The massive development boom in the area will continue to change its already popular skyline for years to come.
With the influx of investments and demand for office spaces, commercial districts, better public transportation, and residential units, many more downtowns may continue to develop, becoming the centre of culture and personality of the city.