The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Breakfast Taco Wars: Race, History, and Food in Austin and San Antonio

  When New York-based writer Matthew Sedacca made the claim that Austinites invented the phrase “breakfast taco”, he probably did not expect the level of outrage that he received from … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Gentrification: A Collage Poem

Local artist Julian Johnson offers a collage poem that was inspired by East Austin gentrification. Julian M Johnson is a student at Wesleyan University and lives in Austin, TX. Past works … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The End of Barton Creek?

I begin with a caveat. This abbreviated portfolio of “wildlife” photographs from the seventies does not proclaim or prove THE END OF AUSTIN so much as it poses a question. … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hipster Hate and the Sabotage of Real Social Commentary

We hate hipsters don’t we? It’s probably their detached air of superiority that irks us most, but in reality, we hate it all. We detest star-spangled Toms, imperial mustaches, and … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Documenting Austin with Matt Black

The celebrated documentary photographer Matt Black ran a weeklong photography workshop in Austin during May 2016. A collaboration between Magnum Photos and the Harry Ransom Center (and organized by the HRC Academic … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Borges in Austin

I’ve lived in Austin for almost nine years: four as an undergraduate and then, after a stint in Houston, four and a half more while I’ve worked on my PhD. … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

“The difference between a cocktail waitress and a stripper? Two weeks”

“There’s a joke,” Raven told me during our first meeting back in September 2012. “What’s the difference between a cocktail waitress and a stripper? Two weeks.” She laughed loudly and … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Shadows of a Sunbelt City: An Excerpt

In 2013, popular Texas Monthly magazine published a collection of commentaries on Texas’s major cities, and two of them were about Austin. One, written by John Spong (a Texas Monthly … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

North Lamar: Austin’s Most Cosmopolitan District

Austin’s most cosmopolitan district is growing—not in the heart of downtown—but along a two-mile stretch of North Lamar between Rundberg and Braker Lane at the northern edge of the city. … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Ella: Fighting to Save a Few

Any life spanning seven decades is bound to have its share of twists, turns, and dreams deferred–maybe some that are never realized at all. After I had been meeting for … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Curious Case of Clarksville

It’s no secret that Austin, Texas is a growing town. Residents gripe about the weak infrastructure, how the bustling tech industry has made the city less weird, and the pains … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Austin Became Weird: The Story of a Slogan

Everyday, thousands of Austinites roam our city’s sidewalk-less streets, creep along its concrete highways, and ramble through the corridors of its universities and start-ups with one question burning in their … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Austin Old-Timer and Newcomer

I. Austin is the capital of the American Renaissance of the beginning of the twenty-first century. The explosive construction of bridges, ramps, roads, buildings; the flow of creative, inventive, and … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Interview with Geographer Eliot Tretter

What inspired you to write Shadows of a Sunbelt City?  Two factors inspired me to write Shadows of a Sunbelt City. One was the very practical matter of needing to find … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creative Class Blues

if creativity is the ultimate virtue, then why did god create the earth only to drown it in a flood? I ask as a creator who traffics not in planets but in … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Austin: One Thousand Songs

  AUSTIN When the fuck did I move to this town? I have literally no idea – this dawn, my brain stopped synapses, stripped me senseless. I recall only the … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cactus Rose Trailer Park

Cactus Rose is a trailer park located in the Monotopolis neighborhood of East Austin, an area that has been subjected to heavy changes in the past few years. I spent a few … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Photographer John Pike on Austin Cantinas

If you look carefully you can still find a few remaining dingy, dark, loud and smokey Cantina type bars catering to a mostly Mexican and Central American crowd. These cantinas … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Native Bees and Austin’s Unrelenting Growth

Most of us know by now that Austin is a great place to live.  I’ve been here my entire life and watched the city grow up with me.  A lot … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment
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