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Most Controversial Addition to the Skyline: The Independent

Austin Monthly | December Edition

When The Independent, a 58-story tower that will be the largest residential building in the city—and west of the Mississippi—was announced in April, it didn’t get the warmest reception. Immediately anointed the “Jenga Tower,” the building was to many residents all that is wrong with the ever-growing Austin. Despite the uproar, 90 percent of the condos were reserved by July. And two big financiers, one from Los Angeles and one from Dubai, have signed on to fund the project. At press time, construction was set to begin any day.