What is going on?

What is going on?

A few weeks back a certain resident of our fine neighborhood took to the phone and got the Shady Grove Unplugged event shutdown. One person, not a group of neighbors, decided that the event had no place in this neighborhood, and he was successful - at least for the moment. Well, a shit storm followed, and lo and behold the event was back the next week. Apparently, the story is not over. I was walking around the neighborhood the other evening, and I saw what appeared to be some trash blowing around. I picked it up to throw it away, and I discovered what is apparently that cranky neighbor's next salvo in his war of having fun. It was the flyer above which is attempting to rally other neighbors to march on city hall and proclaim that the fun must end!

I personally will make what effort I can to counteract this movement. I do not profess to know what is best for everyone else, but I do see this city going the way of the dodo bird. What was once alive and exciting is becoming sterile and less unique. The battle cry of "Keep Austin Weird" always seemed a bit lame, but maybe we need to slap a few more of those bumper stickers on cars and scooters in this neighborhood. Zilker either missed that train or instead chose to wait for the light rail to reach our neighborhood.

The city government in Austin has always seemed to be chasing their tail (or a buck) ever since I moved here over 35 years ago, but it does listen to its citizens. Should one person decide what does and does not happen? Call, march, or email and let your voice be heard. If the majority of Zilker wants a Fuddrucker's instead of Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road - so be it, but let's not allow one neighbor that has become grumpy before his time decide for the rest of us.