The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Dead Horses

This is a story about Austin’s changing environment  and a terrible episode of how a flood displaced an entire urban neighborhood, but it’s also a story about horses, and so … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

R.I.P. “WEIRD”

TEOA is always attuned to the great Austin lament about weirdness drying up as quickly as our increasingly parched lakes. Native Austinite Riley Triggs adds his voice to the chorus of those worried … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Community Preservation and the “Value” of a Bad Guy

How does a community preserve a threatened treasure? In 2010, Austin citizens and University of Texas students joined forces in a popular uprising that saved the Cactus Cafe, the much-loved … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Familiarity in (Sub)Urban Form: The Death of Highland Mall?

Where do malls go when they die? They go to deadmalls.com, or, alternatively, Facebook. In 2009, deadmalls.com visitor “Susan” warned that Austin’s Highland Mall was one foot in the grave: … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

The End of Education

Oh, Austin. The world has been witnessing your gentrification from all angles. When we look back as recently as Richard Linklater’s early filmography, we see a more desirable city than … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Between the Windshield and the Rearview

  Driving in Austin suggests a metaphor: this town always has one eye on the windshield and one on the rearview. Everywhere you look things are being built, while others … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Memorial Wall

“It started out as something smaller, a Day of the Dead thing,” Henry Gonzalez explains, standing before the Memorial Wall at the South Austin Popular Culture Center on Lamar, “but … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

Ann Richards and the Future of Austin

When Texas Monthly writer Jan Reid published his well-received biography of Gov. Ann Richards in late 2012, TEOA couldn’t help notice some moving passages about her death in 2006 and legacy. We … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Conversation With Thor

About halfway through Thor Harris’s A Post Apocalyptic Tale of Friendship (2010), a mutilated and deformed figure hauls a shark-filled aquarium through a desert populated by wilted flora and equally … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

The End of Oz-Town

Just before the Austin housing bubble went POP! and Code Compliance hassled the Cathedral of Junk into becoming a permitted structure, the Cathedral’s creator, Vince Hannemann, brought me by his … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment
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