In Austin, Texas, we take our local landmarks seriously, and our city ordinances decree that new high-rise condos must not exceed the height of our beloved homegrown businesses.
Take Sandy’s Frozen Custard, for example. Sandy’s is about as beloved and homegrown as it gets, and it occupies a prime dab of real estate just over the South First Street Bridge on Barton Springs Road.
When some new high-rise development threatened to overtower Sandy’s, along with its shady outdoor picnic tables and its walkup window, our concerned citizens responded creatively: we ran a river through it. As in, the Colorado River really runs right between that new tower just north of the river, and that generations-old local icon (circa 1947 and still serving tasty burgers and root beer floats).
Thus another local institution is saved from our cranked-up downtown building spree, by a simple trick of perspective. ♦