The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Hip to the Future

I flew into Austin in 1991 for a musical vacation and spent the rest of the decade there getting a doctorate at UT-Austin in American Studies. The city was strange, … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Spirits of the Weird

Clean and sober and 66. That’s Eddy Franklin today. He was out of the office for a short errand, heading back to his state job as a paperwork wrangler. He … Continue reading

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Hashtag Why Austin

In the popular imagination, Austin exists somehow separate from large scale geopolitical conflicts and historical trends.  Despite our understandings of this increasingly linked world, things happening on the other side … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Sweaty Gnarled Clumps of Limbs and Torsos

Your walk should be a brief sojourn: Red River to Congress. Ten minutes, tops. But throngs of revelers block your route like a blood clot. Faces and bodies blur into … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

What’s Being Born?

Mourning what’s dying is child’s play.  Seeing what’s being born is a lot harder and more interesting.  See, for example, Billy Joel’s “Allentown.”  At the same time he was crooning … Continue reading

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Filed Away, Forgotten For Now

Some of the other End of Austin pieces will undoubtedly focus on how the city has changed, how it is no longer what it once was, how and when it … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Souls of Austin

TEOA asked Robert Jensen, “How does a rapidly changing city avoid losing its soul?” Here is his response: The question presumes that Austin has a soul. I’m skeptical, for several … Continue reading

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The Beginning, the Middle, and Not the End

In the beginning, when Austin was born, it was named Waterloo. Young, little Waterloo had humble beginnings as a small Texas town in the hill country, but Mirabeau B. Lamar … Continue reading

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Cities Do Not Have Souls

How does a rapidly changing city avoid losing its soul? First by discarding the idea that it has a soul. Cities do not have souls. They have traditions and histories … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Spent A Year There One Knite

Anyone who’s met me has heard me say it; I was born 40 years too late. Film, music, literature, you name it; it seems whatever I am interested in hit … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Welcome to Mediocre, Texas

Only the mediocre are always at their best, someone said, which could be why Austin is so damn proud of itself. Welcome to Mediocre, Texas, the home of the Texas Longhorns, … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Capitol Complex

Austin’s status as the capital city of Texas is both a privilege and a burden. State government employs thousands locally and is a major contributor the local economy. The State … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Neverland

When I first moved to Austin almost seven years ago, the city welcomed me with open arms. Granted, I grew up on the east coast, so it’s possible my bar … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Austin Seen, in progress…

I originally started documenting Austin in 2006 shortly after I relocated here from Boston. Feeling community-less and curious of my new surroundings, I hopped on my bike and started photographing. … Continue reading

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Interview: Imagine Austin

Approved by the city council in summer 2012, “Imagine Austin” is a 30-year plan based on 18,500+ ideas and contributions from Austinites. According to the plan’s authors, “Imagine Austin” provides … Continue reading

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Little Seeds of Special Potential

As a painter, I revel in the idea of gestation and change. My concept of gestation is that it is the first phase of change, when things are growing, fortifying, … Continue reading

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