This Week is How Austin Used to Be
The myth of the golden past is absolutely real — and our memories of yesteryear are inevitably flawed and subjective. Within that context, the somewhat relaxed week between Christmas and New Years reminds me a lot of how Austin used to be.
Back then, Austin was a lot easier to navigate. Cross-town traffic wasn’t the monster it is now. As Michael Hall wrote in his March 2016 piece in Texas Monthly, in those days it only took 15 minutes to get anywhere in the city.
Just as getting there was a lot easier, the city was a lot more relaxed back then. In those days, we weren’t so focused on being a top destination for new businesses, as well as tourists. In fact, a lot of us weren’t too focused at all.
I’m glad Austin has changed. Yes, growth has brought its share of challenges and problems, but the city has become a much more exciting place to live and now holds so many more opportunities. All that said, this week is still one of my favorite weeks of the year.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.