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Austin's residential fences are getting tallerOne morning this spring, I looked out my sliding glass door to see an explosion of purple flowers in my next-door neighbor’s backyard. Her Texas mountain laurel tree had bloomed, seemingly overnight. I carried my sixteen-month-old son outside, reached over, and drew a blossom to his nose. It was his first time smelling that distinct aroma, and it sweetened the rest of our day. We could enjoy my neighbor’s fragrant shrub—and the rest of her recently landscaped lot—because the only thing between us is a dinky chain link fence. Used everywhere from tennis courts to prisons, it’s the unsexy workhorse of fencing, containing balls, dogs, and humans, but not sight lines. Ours stands about four feet tall and also runs along the rear of our…

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