Thursday, March 29, 2012

East Austin History Walk and Talk (April 15)

Join us for a tour inspired by Jane Jacobs and East Austin's history.

Sunday, April 15, 2012
10 am-2pm

Learn about the history of community, public housing, urban renewal, and neighborhood change. The tour includes mid-century and modern landmarks such as the Victory Grill, Chalmer Courts, and Hutson-Tillotson.

We’ll be going on a walking conversation with Dr. Eliot Tretter of the UT-Geography Department and Dr. Fred McGhee, a historical anthropologist and archaeologist.

Tour begins at Metz Elementary, 84 Robert T. Martinez, Jr. at 10:00 am.
  • Set aside 4 hours for the entire tour.
  • We’ll provide information about some of the sites we’ll see along the way.
  • Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes and bring water.
  • We’ll stop for a no-host lunch along the way (most likely Casa Colombia)
Tour ends at Zavala Elementary, 310 Robert Martinez, Jr., Austin TX at approximately 2 pm.

Please RSVP to Andrea Roberts, e-mail

Tour created by faculty and students at UT-Austin
. More about the national Jane Jacobs 2012 tour

Photo credits: Paul Lowry.
Douglass, Neal. Aerial View of Town Lake, Photograph, May 20, 1968; digital image, ( : accessed March 29, 2012), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Austin, Texas.

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