During the presidential election last month, I was surprised to see that there was also a local transit plan called
Project Connect on the ballot. I kind of assumed it would fail since there was a pandemic on, traffic was way down, and people were avoiding crowded spaces. 🤷🏻♂️
So the headline on the latest edition of
Community Impact shocked me.
Historic public transportation expansion on its way to Austin
And it passed by a hefty margin. 💪🏻
I was farther stunned to see that this is not some BS 💩 rail system built on existing freight rail lines (wtf?) but a
actually running through the heart of the city where people can truly ditch their cars forever and hop on the train. This line runs right down South Congress, where I can walk to it to get to downtown, UT, or the airport entirely real urban rail system car-free. 🎊
This project can help make the city more human-oriented, more convenient, reduce the need for all that ugly asphalt, take some pressure off those gridlocked streets, and help the planet. For about $25/month I’m soooo in.
Maybe one day Austin will
look a little bit like Lisbon. 🤷🏻♂️
There’s just something about a hotel pool. 🤩 Here are some wet and sunny spots to enjoy around Austin. This picture is of the
Austin Motel pool, but many more are listed in the post.
Just an Austin photo that I really like!
is Antone’s these days? 😆
Kind of a funny story about the
Lucy’s Fried Chicken neon sign. 😂
You should have seen my grandmother—she was really something.
This is part of a series from
Austin Monthly on Austin’s most famous neon signs.
Hideout Theater and basically everywhere else is closed right now. Looking for something new to do with your Saturday night besides watch Tiger King 🙄?
Maybe try the
Parallelogramophonograph virtual improv show. It live. It’s spontaneous. It’s real. It’s not Tiger King.
👉 PGRAPH VIRTUAL SHOW
And unlike normal Hideout Theater shows, you don’t have to find parking downtown. 🤷🏻♂️
Another local options Ground Floor Theater’s “Covid Canon”
online series of live play readings. 👉 KUT Story
I don’t know how I missed this, but there’s
a podcast called ATXplained, dedicated to some very local Austin questions. For example:
Why Are There No Billboards On MoPac? What’s The Best Way To Get Into The Chilly Waters Of Barton Springs? Is It Bee Cave Or Bee Caves? And Where Are The Bees? Why Does The Top Of Austin’s Tallest Building Look ‘Unfinished’? How Did Texas Become The Only State With Its Own Toast? Why Are There So Few Homes With Basements Around Austin? Why Are You Not Allowed To Swim In Lady Bird Lake? Why Is MoPac Traffic So Much Worse In The Afternoon Than In The Morning? Why Do Lifeguards At Austin’s City Pools Blow Their Whistles At Break Time Like That?
Check it out! And thanks as always,
Some quick facts about Austin’s moonlight towers (constructed 1894–1895) including a map.
👉 Austin’s Iconic Moontowers By The Numbers
Here’s a great site for finding interesting historical sites in your area or when you travel.
👉 Distinctive Destinations
This is from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, so it’s authentic and not some kind of sales pitch or ad-driven site.
Here around Austin, they list the
Elisabet Ney Museum and O. Henry Museum.
You can also get a nation-wide map of more places to explore. Maps + history + real-world sites? For me, that’s heaven. 🤷🏻♂️
That shalt not forget McKinney Falls as a great day hike around Austin.
Here’s some travel inspiration / porn 😆 for ya, compliments of the New York Times.
And look at that, Austin made the list! Ahead of Paris! 🤷🏻♂️