Austin Then and Now from An Austinite

Having been born somehwere around 1967 at the original Seton Hospital to parents who dated and met at Austin High (once located where Austin Community College is now) I am asked by many clients and friends what I think of the new Austin. The first thing that comes to mind is MoPac and traffic. Yes, people complan about it, as they should, but what is amazing to me is how in the early 1980’s you could maybe find 10 other cars traveling on MoPac at 10:00pm and now as you cross the 35th Street bridge at 3:30pm all I see, both North and South, are the red tailights of cars that seem not to br moving. The other thought is the amount of exercisers on the Ann and Roy Butler Trail or the Hike and Bike Trail or what was once simply known as “the trail” or “the loop.” When I ran track for Austin High we ran the “loop” many times throughout the week. Rarely would you see anyone else on the trail besides your fellow Austin High runners and today you sometimes can barely run the trail without getting runover by a fast moving bike rider or manuvering around 3-4 people who decided to stop and say hello in the middle of the trail. However, what these people have brought with them is a whole set of new experiences and great conversations, I say welcome to Austin and please wave when someone let’s you in on MoPac and to not get injured you might want to move to the left or the right on the trail instread of standing in the middle.

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