Take a trip down mem­ory (half) lane

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - VIEWPOINTS -

Re: March 4 com­men­tary, “Hob­gob­lin con­sis­tency helped name Austin’s ‘half ’ streets.”

Like the Os­car-win­ning song “Re­mem­ber Me,” Michael Barnes once again re­minds read­ers of the value of mem­o­ries. In his re­cent col­umn, he ex­plored the puz­zling ori­gin of Austin’s ½ streets. For me, his fact-find­ing evoked nos­tal­gic scenes.

In 1966, my three Univer­sity of Texas room­mates and I shared a de­light­ful old home at Sal­ado and 28th ½ Street. I drove by to­day, and it’s still stand­ing! Later, in 1969, my hus­band and I shared the joys of early mar­riage and a first­born daugh­ter — now 49 and liv­ing in Tar­ry­town — in a tiny du­plex on 49th ½ Street. Shortly af­ter, we moved to Dal­las and raised four chil­dren there but were blessed to re­turn in 2003.

Thank you, Michael, for help­ing older, wiser cit­i­zens re­cap­ture their ro­man­tic youth and cel­e­brate Austin’s rea­sons for be­ing weird. DOROTHY DE LA GARZA, AUSTIN

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