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.




One response

13 06 2008
Jette' Momant

I assist with the media relations for The Peacock, and you’re right. Slim is a female and she’s pretty bad ass!

I love working with her and the owner, Michael Capochiano!

And if you can’t check out the dinner, The Peacock has great happy hour specials Wed-Thursday and amazing old fashion and original cocktails.

FMI: http://www.thepeacockaustin.com


Jette’ Momant

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