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The Poole House is one of many eccentric historical East Austin homes. (Preservation Austin)

Norman Scales Jr. says he doesn't care whether you're "black, white, blue, brown or gray," he wants to get to know you if you live in Rogers Washington Holy Cross Heights—the East Austin neighborhood he lives in, went to school, started to play jazz and learned the meaning of the word 'segregation.'

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The Zilker Park moontower is lit up every year during the holidays. (Mark Scott/CC)

There are many urban legends of how Austins' moonlight towers came to be: some say they were put up to scare off an Austin serial killer—the Servant Girl Annihilator, who terrorized the town—other rumors suggest they were put up to keep crops growing and chickens laying eggs 24 hours a day.

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Between 2000 and 2019, when the last available population estimates were tallied, the population of Texas increased 39% and that of the city of Austin increased 49%, fueling countless headlines referencing boomtown status.

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A 1954 image of IBM's Austin office. (Austin History Center)

Austin is often called a boomtown, but the city's population has been growing at a rapid clip since its founding in 1839, nearly doubling its population every 20 years except for two periods. During the 20th century, major historical events such as World War II gave way to new migration patterns that fueled this growth and set the stage for the birth of Austin's big tech industry.

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