A ustin’s unofficial slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” rolled off Red Wassenich’s tongue in the spring of 2000 when he called into a local radio station. Slapped onto bumper stickers and T-shirts almost instantaneously, it was a battle cry for old-timers who saw their sleepy college town threatened by a soaring population and tech industry giants (IBM, Dell, Apple, and Samsung all have operations here). Wassenich's website bemoaned “Austin’s descent into rampant commercialism and overdevelopment,” and his slogan spread in support of local businesses and the city’s fierce individuality.
Chicken Shit Bingo at Ginny's Little Longhorn | Flickr/Gary J. Wood
Bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge | Kushal Bose/Shutterstock
Hope Outdoor Gallery | Nagel Photography/Shutterstock
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Daniel Johnson's Jeremiah The Innocent mural | Bloomberg / Getty
The Cathedral of Junk | Fuzzy Gerdes/Flickr
Uncommon Objects on South Congress | Thomas Allison/Thrillist
A moontower in Austin | Ben Rollman/Thrillist
I Luv Video | Thomas Allison/Thrillist
Willie Nelson's statue | Gary Miller / Getty
Elisabet Ney Museum | Flickr/Manda
Avenue B Grocery | Thomas Allison/Thrillist
LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas | Flickr/LBJ Library

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