The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Category Archives: Built Environment

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

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

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

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

Fighting for Affordable Housing in Austin: A Conversation with Mandy De Mayo, Director of HousingWorks.

Mandy De Mayo is the Executive Director of HousingWorks, a non-profit organization on the front lines of the fight for fair and affordable housing in Austin. We sat down to … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Goodbye to a River?

In May of 2014 I returned to Austin for one last research trip before finally sitting down and completing my book on Austin’s history. Having been gone from Texas for … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 3 Comments

Austin in Available Light

British historian Derek Sayer, author of an important new book on Prague, spent the past year in Austin. At the end of his time here, TEOA asked him for his … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pole Position: Walking Formula One in East Austin

Two local designers have superimposed the new Formula 1 track on East Austin in this creative exploration of the “overlapping conditions of rapid development and stagnant urbanism” in a city divided by … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Austin Disaster

Use of the term “disaster” varies widely across Austin residents – ranging from calls for volunteers to aid those effected by flash flooding to Tweets of woe over traffic congestion … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Photos by Adrian Mesko

TEOA is very pleased to present a selection of Austin photos from Adrian Mesko, a talented young photographer based in New York City. These photos emerged from his Fall 2013 visit … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

La Cuesta: Worlding a Sidewalk

Costa Rica-born filmmaker Álvaro Torres and Guatemalan “researcher-militant” Daniel Perera are two Austin residents with a brilliant idea: “what would happen if we stood with our cameras on an ordinary stretch of … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

North Lamar Bus and other Austin poems

Local writer Monty Jones has shared four new poems with TEOA, including one that that sums up the Austin mindset quite nicely: “When I moved here, people told me I was … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Austin/Life

‘Room 4.202, Garrison Hall, 12am’ flows like blue wispy clouds against a bright morning sun, across the crumpled post-it note that throbs proudly, full of opportunity and hope, in the … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

From KLEEN Wash to Launderette: Signposts of Gentrification or…?

At the corner of Robert T. Martinez, Jr. and Holly Streets, on the wall of KLEEN Wash laundromat, Our Lady of Guadalupe graces her visitors with a loving gaze and … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Austin’s Plaza Saltillo: Place, Practice, and Growth

TEOA enjoys bringing together well-known writers, academics, grad students, and undergrads under one roof. Here UT undergrad Emily Mixon shares a “reflection on the dichotomies between intended and real function … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sing the City of the Rounded Shoulders

For Carl Sandburg and Nelson Algren. O sing this city! a land of unstoppable drive to the self-satisfied middle where it stops to spare its energy for another corporate happy … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Austin Within and Beyond the Dome

As improbable as the metaphor might seem, Austin is a glimmering and warming snow globe. A steadily growing number of tourists behold a beautiful kingdom of sun. Austin is a … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Start Fresh: Never Give Up

TEOA asked Andrew Takano, a video artist, to comment on the relationship between the morphing character of Austin’s graffiti and the city itself as reflected in a recent time-lapse video … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Capital Improvements, 1984

TEOA is very pleased to publish Jeff Meikle’s introduction to Mark Goodman’s Capital Improvements. Written in 1984-85 on a Kaypro 2 computer and then filed away for almost thirty years, this wonderfully evocative essay … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 1 Comment
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