The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Never the Same Again: A Story of SXSW 2010

The year is 2010, a time when Austin isn’t completely overrun with condos, cranes, and “hipsters” just yet, even during the infamous SXSW music festival. My favorite shows are lovingly … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 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

Noctornes

I came to Austin last week to work under the guidance of mentor and Magnum photographer, David Alan Harvey at a workshop and exhibition hosted at the University of Texas. … Continue reading

December 19, 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

Neverland

When I first moved to Austin almost seven years ago, the city welcomed me with open arms. Granted, I grew up on the east coast, so it’s possible my bar … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

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 Ends of Austins

For some Austin ended when the Armadillo became Threadgill’s South. For others, when S X S W started (or when wristbands began to cost three digits). Or when the warehouse … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 11 Comments

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

Downtown Real Estate and the Music Scene

Imagine two performances from the original cosmic cowboy and outlaw country musician, Willie Nelson.  The first takes place in an austere concert hall that holds about 400 hundred people. Nelson … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment
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