They say that more people move to Austin every month than will move to San Francisco during the whole of this year. The result is a rapidly growing - and, yes, gentrifying - city that is constantly redefining itself.
Taco trucks sit alongside high-end restaurants, sometimes literally. Music is everywhere, but it’s becoming to hear jazz alongside the country, rock and punk that have made the scene here famous. Everywhere, there are people lining the streets, eating and drinking European cafe-style (albeit with a tequila and lime flavor).
Typical wisdom says, yes, Austin is nice, but it’s surrounded by Texas. That’s certainly true. For a die-hard liberal like me, that’s an intimidating proposition, but from a certain angle, Texas becomes a lot more philosophically appealing: a state where people intensely value their individualism and just want to be left alone. No, that doesn’t justify the politics, the violence, the education or the poverty, but that brush doesn’t cover all Texans. For many, a better, fairer version of their State is just within reach.
Much of this is irrelevant when you’re traveling. Me? I love my Californian base, but I’ll take some margaritas, wide open spaces and out-there punk rock any time I can get it.
Z and F running through a sprinkler in the late afternoon of a May day.
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Hibiscus flowers are stunning. But they only look like this for a day or two before they crumple and fall.
On revisiting the things you used to love
Diagram: Artists, Philosophers, Designers, Illustrators, Engineers, Businessfolk, Marketers and Salespeople.
The Journey of Childhood
3 years of learning.
F on a pony at his very late third birthday party. He wore his long hair in a samurai bun.
Wrong place, wrong time, wrong lens. My first time being shot at.