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A look back at Austin's eternal arguments

 A horse drawn carriage makes its way down a dirt road in Austin.
Frank Albrecht, via Southwestern Historical Quarterly

This story was originally published on March 16, 2016.

Austin, it seems, is locked in an eternal personality crisis. To some, it’s the greatest city in the world – a wellspring of natural beauty, good food and plenty of live music. To others, it’s an ever-expanding, traffic-plagued, corporate-sponsored city that’s not as good as it used to be.

Whether you moved here three weeks ago or you were born here, both sides of that proverbial coin have been argued to death. So, let’s take a look back at a century-long sample of some of those arguments. 


Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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