Austin in the greater world

  • In the February issue of Smart Money, on the newsstands now, there’s yet another interview of John Mackey, this one entitled “Growth Slows, but Mackey Doesn’t,” byline Janet Paskin. The blurb as printed is “Shopping may be down at Whole Foods, yet the company’s controversial CEO is still adding stores and pushing high-priced items” (this issue is not yet on line; start with page 24 in the hard copy). What’s especially entertaining is that the interview is conducted at WF world headquarters, and the reporter seems to be awed by the “monument to abundance.”
  • Not satisfied with revealing all about Lance Armstrong’s local abode, Architectural Digest has returned to Austin. In its February before-and-after issue, we see how a sort-of colonial revival house in Tarrytown is altered quite beyond recognition, floor plan included: “Putting a Fresh Spin on Tradition,” byline Jeff Turrentine. In a way, I think that the floor plan reveals more than the photographs do. The architectural firm credited is Miro Rivera. My favorite quotation from this piece is right at the very beginning: “Austin, Texas, is well known as a city that nurtures free expression and rewards eccentricity.”

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