If they live there, they’re probably not admitting it

Some of the promotional material for the just-cancelled ABC television show called “Welcome to the Neighborhood speaks of Austin, but the locale is reported to be Circle C Ranch. At least two of the families seeking to be awarded the house are Austinites. Are they all? The homeowner site reports nothing about the show, but says that the following need to be approved by the Architectural Control Committee: “All improvements, including, but not limited to, storage sheds, home additions, fencing changes, color changes to the exterior paint, play equipment, decks, arbors, gazebos, fence relocation, swimming pools, playhouses, tree houses, walls, hardscape landscape improvements and exterior alterations.” I suppose that clotheslines are not regarded as improvements and are banned altogether. ABC has wiped its site clean of all the information that was up just a couple of days ago. A viewing party for the first episode had been planned for Ruta Maya. Using the appraisal-district database and the names of those willing to be quoted (they’re probably sorry now), it’s fairly easy to tell where the houses are. They’re not exactly the palatial dwellings touted. The “official” material is fast disappearing, but there’s still a guide to the families out there. Just as I see every movie made in Austin, so I would have watched the show, whether good, bad, or indifferent. Not that it would have attracted anyone to the glories of Travis County. But is that bad?

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