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Austin is a large fictional city (at least this one is) located somewhere in the Southern United States. It is a center of commerce, culture, transport, industry, and trade with influential connections by land, air, and sea. Austin also has a large presence in local and federal government, with an entire district dedicated to government facilities and buildings. The Central city is located along the river with suburbs and hub cities branching away from it. Many places in Austin are named after one of the city's great politicians, Joseph M. Harrison. Including J.M. International Airport, Harrison (a suburban hub city), Harrison Plaza, and Harrison International Finance Center. Austin is also known for it's park, especially Loring Park, located along the river in Midtown Austin.


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City Overview

Here is a quick overview of Austin and the many neighborhoods throughout.

Here we have the entirety of Central Austin (so far) Downtown Austin is right along the north bank of the Red River (north is the left side of the photo, south is the right). Midtown is directly East of Downtown and surrounds Loring Park, the large green space right along the river. North Austin is across the Loring Memorial Highway from Downtown and encompasses the city of Harrison, Denton, and Orchard Park. North of Orchard park and Denton is the J.M. Harrison International Airport. The Airport is one of the busiest in the United States, serving millions of passengers per year. J.M. Intl was originally focused on domestic flights, connecting to airports such as Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. But after a recent expansion in the 80's, including an addition of two new terminals and 3 new runways. AJM is now servicing over 2 million international passengers a year. 


Downtown by helicopter. Austin's main downtown surrounds Phillips Square, an 8 way interchange that connects the city's major avenues. Directly west of Phillips Square is the Federal District which houses several government and other important buildings. These include the Capitol, Austin City Hall, Harrison County Court House, several federal offices, and the Cathedral of St. John. Past the Capitol building is the New Financial District, which is made up of dozens of tall glass offices, all built within the last 20 years. East of Downtown is Midtown which is mostly mid-rise apartments with the occasional office building. Midtown is suprisingly home to Austin's tallest building, the Pinnacle. The Pinnacle is a 842 foot tall primarily financial and banking building with it's main tenants being Goldman Sachs, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. But the Pinnacle's title may fall within the next few years as many pending projects aim to take it away. 


Here we have North Austin, mostly low density residential and commercial, there are a few commercial hubs that rise above the surrounding homes. This picture includes the cities of Denton (bottom), Orchard Square (Top Left) and Harrison (to the right of Orchard Square)


View from the beginning of the east suburbs, The Pinnacle dominates the skyline with the rest of downtown sitting behind it. To the right of the picture, the newly constructed Harrison International Finance Center can be seen with North Austin in the background.


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