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Gentrification in Austin Neighborhoods and Elsewhere

Shortly after moving to Austin, I joined the local neighborhood association. Our neighborhood group is not a homeowners’ association (HOA) with governance over architectural design or modifications, and it is not mandatory to join it. My reason for joining the HOA was to meet new neighbors and stay current with local events, ranging from zoning issues and parking restrictions to neighborhood art walks and new building permits.

From Two Different Perspectives: What’s Up in Austin?

When I think of Austin, Texas, I think of music, food, and tech. Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in television, having been broadcast on PBS for 43 years. Twenty years ago, the show spawned the ACL Music Festival, which hosts over 130 artists and 225,000 patrons every year at Zilker Park. SXSW (aka South by Southwest) hosts the annual SXSW Festivals, celebrating the worlds of film, music, and comedy with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases.

Observing the Pandemic Effect on the Restaurant Industry

When the March closure of non-essential businesses occurred, I was splitting my time between Austin, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland, and I happened to be in Maryland. Great friends of mine (Charles and Susan) owned a restaurant in Baltimore and closed it, even though restaurants were allowed to provide food through carryout and delivery. When I asked Charles why he was not providing carryout, he said that he needed to understand how his restaurant could provide carryout and keep his employees and customers safe.