WE’RE A LITTLE CASUAL
As you go about the city I live in, you are going to encounter people who are out in public, dressed in PJs with house slippers, no bra or make-up or brushed hair, and NO DENTURES!!
Welcome to Austin!! But don’t stay.
“Keep Austin Weird!” I think this slogan came about during Leslie Cochran’s era. He was the first to push almost all boundaries. He liked to walk around the sidewalks downtown, talking to people, and hanging outside of businesses. He was always dressed bizarrely, for example, a tight halter top and a tutu that covered almost nothing. I think Leslie must have made a living being paid by businesses to stay away! He became an Icon. He was so popular, he ran for Mayor in 2000 and came in second.
Leslie died from head trauma in 2012. He was born in 1951.
When I first moved to Austin in 1977, the population was approximately 345,000. The major employers were the University of Texas and the Texas Legislature.
Notice how the Capitol is the tallest building. Law required that no building could stand taller than the Capitol.
The law requiring shorter buildings went by the wayside. It only takes one hole in a dam to bring it down. During the late 70s or early 80s, a contractor was given a special provision to build a bank taller than the Capitol. LOL. You can no longer see that bank as it is overshadowed by dozens of taller buildings. LOL again.
Driving was very safe since traffic didn’t move (even though the roads weren’t crowded.) There were three types of drivers: those who were high on pot, those who were drunk, and those who avoided them.
I remember many times sitting through a green light because nobody wanted to honk. It was considered rude, and besides, the police might notice and pull you over. One time I sat through 3 green lights before the front car finally moved.
Traffic wasn’t too bad since the city and state had spent money to keep the roads up-to-date.
As I mentioned earlier, in 1977, the population was approximately 345,000. By 2017, Austin has become a metroplex where the population has reached 2,115,827 according to Census estimates.* Roadways have not kept up. Rumor has it that the Austin City Council did not want to expand roads so the town wouldn’t grow. LOL. People moved here (against the city’s wishes.) Look at the mess of traffic. I’m glad I’m retired and don’t have to drive in it anymore. *https://www.bizjournals.com/
Casual Austin is going away. You now have to get dressed to go to the grocery store.
For more on Austin history in the 1970s: http://specials.mystatesman.
PONDER: If you’re in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn the headlights on?
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