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Austin’s tallest tower spawns tension

Monday, April 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Discontent is growing with the appearance of the tallest tower on the Austin skyline. A new online petition is calling for the developers of The Independent – popularly known as the “Jenga tower” – to make improvements to the top of the residential building that “looks unfinished and is a stunning disappointment.” As of Sunday, the petition from the group known as Fix The Crown had gathered more than 700 signatures, though the campaign can’t exactly cause any local authorities to compel the building’s owners to make any improvements. Austin Business Journal reports that last year the building’s managers explained that the top of the tower would “consist of a box of glimmering steel mesh hanging over a 50,000-gallon water tank at the top that prevents the building from swaying in the wind.”

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