Moving on, moving out part II

After almost one year of my last visit, I went back to Cactus Rose Trailer Park. According to what I was told, they should be out of the land by the end of 2016, but I was surprised to see the trailers still there every time I passed by. So I arranged a visit on…

Goodbye to The Beauty Parlor.

The Beauty Parlor is a salon that used to operate on the corner of East 12th and Cedar streets, and after six years, on August 22nd, it had to close its doors in Austin because the building was sold. This is not a rare story these days on East Austin, and it is becoming more…

The cats of discord.

The Blue Cat Cafe is a place that opened in late 2015 bringing to east Austin an idea that already existed in NYC. A cafe where you can eat and interact with cats. These cats come from the Austin Humane Society and are available for adoption so as a consequence, the cafe is uniting forces…

The animals of Cactus Rose.

Austin is the biggest no-kill city in the nation, and yet faces the uncertain situations of animals displaced by gentrification. As an animal lover and advocate, I could not ignore all the pets that live in Cactus Rose trailer park and whose destinies remain uncertain. Their owners want to relocate with them, but it all depends on the places…

Moving on, moving out.

Last April, while I was doing my research for a mini documentary project for a Magnum workshop I was attending, I found out about the Cactus Rose Community in the Montópolis area here in Austin. Cactus Rose is a trailer park that is in the verge of dissapearing because of gentrification. The land is being…

Coffee, bikes, and a wall.

One of the most emblematic street art pieces of the Mexican and latino community on the east side of Austin is “La Lotería” mural. It is located on 1619 E Cesar Chavez and was originally painted in 1989. Later, in 2015 it was painted over for SXSW festival and it was finally restored by the community and unveiled in…

Pet grooming arrives to the east side.

Amy Ryan and her husband Kevin are the owners of Clean Critters, the first pet grooming facility on the east side of Austin. They moved to their current location on E Cesar Chavez from their garage in South Austin in April 2015. According to them, it has been a positive change because their impact on…

Bar La Perla

Bar La Perla is one of the oldest original cantinas on the east side of Austin, that has been intact since the 1950’s. It is located in a corner now immersed in new buildings and hip restaurants (Comal and East Sixth Street). I visited the bar with an unclear idea of what I was going…