Austin is booming.
From 2000-2006, it was the third-fastest growing city in America. With an estimated 885,000 people, it's now the 11th-largest city in the United States and Austin has roughly doubled its population since 1985.
From 2000-2010, the population grew by 20%. From 2010-2013, it grew by another 12%.
This population explosion is fueled by an annual economic growth rate of 6% - red hot even by emerging market standards.
To give you a sense of what that looks like, I used Google Street View's time lapse feature. It helpfully goes all the way back to 2007 (all images courtesy of Google).
The Intersection of 3rd & Lavaca
South Congress Street - Looking North Toward the Capitol of Texas
South Lamar Boulevard - Looking North-East