Austin Grapples With Downtown Height Limits

<p>Developers in the city's booming downtown are pushing to change the rules originally enacted to preserve view corridors to the Texas State Capitol Dome.</p>
January 16, 2007, 11am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"The pink-domed Texas Capitol, viewed from dozens of points around the capital city, is one of the most powerful symbols of Texas heritage. But for all its permanence on the ground, the Capitol's place in the sky appears to be up in the air."

At the urging of developers, the city council has requested a study be conducted to evaluate whether the city's original view corridors are still worthy of protection. While no one expects the corridors from major view points to be obstructed, developers are hoping that some changes can be made to allow for new high rise development in downtown area.

"Preservationists strongly oppose the study, saying that modifying or removing even a few more viewpoints would erode the enjoyment of one of the state's precious treasures."

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Published on Monday, January 15, 2007 in San Antonio Express-News
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