Who We Are

28 09 2008

We get all sorts of emails and comments about this blog. Some of them are asking us why we don’t post more of this or why we are posting about that. As residents of East Austin, we have other interest such as music, politics, style and hell… we might even throw in the occasional house that we wish we could buy. So with that being said, we have revised the About section to explain that this is about being an East Austin resident… which encompasses things outside of this zip code.

We moved to Austin about six months ago from New York City. We didn’t know much about it, other than what we had read in the news or in travel magazines, and when we came, we had no idea where we were going to live.  People told us to check out this area or that area, and everyone had different opinions about things — but one thing everyone agreed on was that we should stay WEST of Ih-35. For a while, we listened to them and focused our search in the south-central side of town. Unhappy with our options, finally, our friend and realtor suggested we at least visit the East side. We crossed the much-maligned Ih-35 boundary and immediately felt more comfortable here than we did in any of the other neighborhoods we visited. We saw lots of cyclists out on the streets, different residents from different backgrounds, street art, great restaurants, etc.

We started this blog as a way to get to know our neighborhood and as a way to share with others what is going on here, as it seems to us that most people in Austin still have a certain idea of what “East Austin” is. In living here and writing this blog, we have come to learn much of the history and the problems associated with the way this neighborhood has historically been treated and the changes that are going on here now. We are not social activists, and we are not experts on gentrification, but we are also not ignorant to those issues. We feel that some people have placed certain expectations upon us and upon this humble blog that, frankly, we cannot fulfill. We just want to show that East Austin is a lot of things, and the people who live here are not of the same mold. It is a diverse community, not without its problems, but also a place where we feel there is a great opportunity to share many of the things about this community that make it unique and that make it a place where we wanted to live.

We post about all sorts of things. If we see something going on here in the East side, we’ll most likely post it up. If we go eat at a great restaurant, visit a cool little store or bar, or meet some interesting person on the street, up it goes on the blog. If we spend an afternoon riding around the hood and take a few pictures we think others might enjoy, we’ll post those too. At the same time, we’re also residents of the world, and we feel like it is perfectly acceptable to look outside of our bubble and post about things going on outside that will effect us. So if we post about politics, for instance, which we are and will continue to do, we feel that is perfectly valid because those decisions effect all of us. And if we write about something that is not necessarily on the East side, which we occasionally do and will continue to do if we want to, then it’s because we feel like it is somehow related to our every day lives here.

We’re just nice friendly people living in East Austin and writing about things we do and things that interest us. That’s all. No more, no less. If there’s something you would like to see more of on the blog, you are more then welcome to write something up and send it to us, and we’ll most likely be happy to post it up.

Thanks!

eastaustinite@gmail.com

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6 responses

28 09 2008
Terp

I think you guys are doing a fine job.

29 09 2008
Crystal

You forgot to mention that you are a super-cute couple and are a hoot to hang around with. 🙂

1 10 2008
Tolly

Just wanted to weigh in and say I also think you guys are doing (more than) fine job! I am so impressed with your photos – seriously, are you guys professionals? – as well as the Facebook/MySpace stuff. I give myself major props just for posting. 🙂

2 10 2008
JF

Thanks for the kind words. We have gotten a lot of encouraging emails too and it’s nice to see that people are actually reading this!

Thanks!

6 10 2008
aida

i am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet you both and help you with your home searching process. you are doing an awesome job with this site. its amazing that you are staying so focused with updating it. i am taking notes so i may go visit some of the awesome restaurants you are recommending. i tend to stick to my regulars… by the way check out the latest rare, it has a great story of juan in a million.

aida

8 10 2008
Richard

I like this statment you made to clear up things if there where people question you or your intentions of the blog. I like your blog, and I also argree that East Austin is an interesting part of our community. Keep up the good work.

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