East Side Story

Among the hipsters, galleries, food trucks, and old-timers in Austin’s trendy enclave.
Heywood Hotel
Photo by Sarah Lim

Day 1  

I live only ten miles from East Austin, but as I cross Interstate 35 and cruise down Cesar Chavez Street, I feel the same whoosh of anticipation I get when arriving in an unfamiliar city. Historically, this side of town has been home to Austin’s largest concentration of minorities as well as a haven for artists who’ve appreciated its low rents and warehouse spaces. Now a steady influx of indie businesses,

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