TECH TAKEOVER: Arrival of industry giants remaking downtown Austin

Social media giants, internet companies, the world’s largest retailer and the U.S. military.

That’s just a short list of the players moving into or expanding their operations in downtown Austin in a race to attract tech workers.

The result, experts say, could be a transformation of the city’s core into a technology center similar to San Francisco and Seattle, both of which have seen backlash due to the rising costs and congestion that have ensued.

Downtown Austin’s tech roster includes major players such as Facebook, Google and Indeed, which already have sizable workforces downtown and combined have added, or will add hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space to accommodate their growth.

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