They like New Austin and Old Austin

Austin American-Statesman - - NEWS - Michael Barnes

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Turk Pip­kin with the in­sight. “Peo­ple aren’t mov­ing away,” the Austin per­former and bene­fac­tor said re­cently. “They aren’t even threat­en­ing to move.”

He’s right. For three decades af­ter the Ar­madillo World Head­quar­ters closed its doors in 1980, Aus­tinites blus­tered nois­ily about mov­ing to Marfa, Mon­tana or Mex­ico if just one more thing changed about their hal­lowed haven.

No more. Or so rarely that nei­ther Pip­kin nor I could re­mem­ber the last time some­one had made that threat. Has some­thing al­tered sub­tly?

Maybe Aus­tinites ac­tu­ally do like an ac­tive, high-den­sity down­town AND in­ti­mate, care­fully tended neigh­bor­hoods.

Per­haps our ci­ti­zens love live mu­sic AND they will just as likely go out th­ese days for fine food, club danc­ing, the arts and lo­cally crafted movies, and — yes! — par­ties that bring folks closer to­gether in a fast­spin­ning world.

Maybe they cheer big-time col­lege sports AND also mi­nor­league pro teams.

They can trea­sure our funky shops, dives and food trail­ers AND also ap­pre­ci­ate the sleek new ways to live, shop, work and play here.

Per­haps they like a city where peo­ple read­ily speak their minds AND are not re­quired to hate the folks who dis­agree with them.

And given the re­cent cul­tural scare of For­mula One, maybe they like wel­com­ing peo­ple from other coun­tries to our doorstep AND love that, in turn, our artists, ath­letes, thinkers and char­i­ties serve as am­bas­sadors for Austin.

If so, let’s hope they cot­ton to the other fun, fit, smart, open, kind folks that live here AND they want to be re­main a part of that world.

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