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Cathedral of Junk, shrine of recycling, target of code-enforcers

“But is it art?,” asks today’s WSJ (“A Junk Pile Grows in Texas,” byline Ana Campoy). Austin’s code-compliance people have been active on a number of fronts lately, and the Cathedral of Junk is one of them. In today’s front-page article for a national readership, accompanied by on-line pix and a video, Austin is described as for decades “a college town with abundant cheap housing” and “a magnet for hippies, slackers, and musicians looking for a care-free existence.” Eeyore’s Birthday (today, by the way) and the Spoke come in for a mention. Some people think that the Cathedral would have continued unmolested were it not for the continuing gentrification of its neighborhood. When it comes to changes in the old-time modest neighborhoods, what I notice are teardowns, “remodeling” that leaves on corner of the old house, paid lawncare, housecleaners, newcomers who don’t ride the bus and so don’t care if century-old transit routes are abolished, and people who pick other people’s flowers.

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