The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

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 · 1 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

Documenting Barton Springs: An Interview with Karen Kocher, Creator of “Living Springs.”

Karen Kocher is one of the foremost documentary chroniclers of the historical, ecological, and cultural importance of Barton Springs to the city of Austin. Her current interactive online documentary project, … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 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

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

Capital Improvements, 2013

If you want to learn something profound about how Austin has transformed itself in the last few decades, one of the best places to look is through the eyes of … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 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 Austin

What is the End of Austin? It is the beginning of a much-needed conversation about the identity of Austin. Bringing together writers, scholars, and artists from Texas and beyond, TEOA is … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

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

I Grew Up in a South Texas Town

I grew up in a South Texas town, a caliche pit of farm equipment yards and suburbs searching for urbs… no core, no history. South Texas stretches across some of the … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment
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