The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

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

Shared Services at UT

Austin would not be the city it is without the University of Texas: it is one of the economic, social, and cultural hubs of the city. It employs tens of … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a 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

Making Granite Shake

The state capitol of Texas sits in the center of Austin on the top of a hill. Its sunset red granite looks pink in the sun. Statues dedicated to a … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Most Beautiful City in the World

I do not want to write about leaving Austin. I don’t want to write about it because it feels like generalizing. Because, as someone noted, African Americans are the most … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

Finding Loston

Is this the End of Austin? How presumptuous. Endings and Beginnings are always the same process. Austin has been around for a long time; only it wasn’t always called Austin. … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 9 Comments

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

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

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

An End Both Slow and Urgent: Blackness in Austin

Like many grad students, I always expected a fairly definitive end to Austin, a time when I was called upon to fulfill my life’s work after years of honing my … 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

Photos by Caroline Koebel

Angela Davis and Harriet Tubman street art (and the subsequent absence thereof) on Pedernales between 5th and Santa Rosa, Austin, 78702. November 2012. Caroline Koebel is an Austin-based filmmaker and writer … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Whiny Austin: A Nonfiction Cartoon

“Austin ain’t what it used to be” is the moldiest cliche under the violet crown, yet Austinites can’t stop talking about how the golden age of “real Austin” disappeared five … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment
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