Austin has been one of the fastest growing cities in the country now for the past fifteen years if you can believe it (just in case you were wondering why the traffic was so bad those who just arrived in the past few years) with unprecdented growth that hasn’t slowed coming in again at the number one spot for 2013.

With that has come dramatic growth as well with the recession as other economies were hit harder Texas continued to thrive with Austin having the lowest unemployment of any metropolitan area with over 1,000,000 at 4.7%.

We included slide shows you can can move back and forth on and also the full pictures! Enjoy.

Banger’s – Rainey Street
October 2007 to May 2009 to March 2013

Here’s a street view outside of Rainey Street from April 2009 to 2013. We see a much more cleaned up street, but also coming with it the addition of parking meters as well.

Banger’s opened sometime later in 2012 and as we can see there’s a massive transformation from 2007 to 2007 to 2013.

White Horse – East Austin
October 2007 to May 2009 to April 2013

Rainey Street wasn’t the only place expanding as growth veered off from Red River and the downtown area. The East Side of Austin also also underwent incredibly transformation and growth throughout.

Broken Spoke – South Lamar
May 2011 to April 2014

The honky-tonk club Broken Spoke is full of rich history in town open since 1964, but things have changed drastically in just 3 years on South Lamar and dangered the club.

Emo’s – Red River
Oct 2007 to April 2013

As things began to spread out musically some clubs also changed as well. Emo’s, a landmark of Red River scene and legendary club who’ve hosted artists huge to small such as Johnny Cash, Arcade Fire, and other up and coming bands in their smaller days left Red River and expanded to a new much larger hi-tech venue on Riverside.


Jeff Tom

Jeff Tom

Owner and Editor-in-Chief at The Austin Current I'm a native Austinite. In 1998 I founded one of the first successful blogs on the Internet, and have been writing daily since. I'm a singer-songwriter with my own band, have started multiple successful businesses as an entrepreneur, and have been an avid participant of the music, comedy, technology, and film scene of Austin for over a dozen years.