Austin, Texas – Growing Pains
Unlike places that have been thrown into a state of crisis by a disaster, Austin, Texas, has been thrown into crisis by success. Its population has skyrocketed, but along with the economic advantages has come a considerable identity crisis. Austin has long prided itself on its funkiness, and many residents have grown worried new development and growth might jeopardize the city’s countercultural “feel.” In this hour, SOTRU looks at the tension between “keeping Austin weird” and its growing success.
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We learn about the explosion of growth in Austin and the evolution of the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ mantra.
Not everything is bigger in Texas. Residents band together and fight back against plans to bring a Walmart to their neighborhood. Then, is Austin music in need of saving?
We take a tasty trip to a restaurant trailer park where they’re serving up some delicious fare. Later, we visit the Cathedral of Junk then learn about the ‘Make Austin Normal’ campaign.
Additional Austin Stories:
Does ‘Weird’ Work?
Article from the Austin Business Journal about how some businesses aren’t crazy about the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ slogan.
Downtown Austin Blog
DAB, the Downtown Austin Blog, focuses on what it’s like to live, work and play in Austin’s downtown neighborhood.
Responsible Growth 4 Northcross Videos
YouTube Channel for neighborhood group Responsible Growth 4 Northcross (RG4N)
WSJ Article about Cathedral of Junk
Article from the Wall Street Journal about the Vince Hanneman’s Cathedral of Junk and its zoning battle.
Article about Torchy’s Tacos
Community Impact writeup about Torchy’s Tacos and the future of the popular trailer eatery.
T Bird and the Breaks – “Take Time”
The Flying Burrito Brothers – “Sin City”
“Music is Happiness”
“Half a Nice Day”
“Hold the Ladder”
“I Saw the Bright Shinies”
This Will Destroy You – “Threads”
“Whiskey River (Live)”
“There’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas”
Doug Sahm – “Groover’s Paradise”
Abandoned Warehouse – “Come Alone”
Explosions in the Sky – “Welcome Ghosts (Adem Mix)”
Balmorhea – “Settler”
Ratatat – “Alps”
Dale Watson – “Drag and Fly”
The Fabulous Thunderbirds – “C-Boy’s Blues”
Harlem – “Friendly Ghost”
Marti Brom – “Unproclaimed Love”
Golden Boys – “Mr. Dickles”
Wendy Colonna – “Is it True”
Nakia – “World of Love”