Hillbilly Heights in Danger

There’s a little jumble of cottages just south of Oltorf on Wilson Street that I’d been to a few times but never knew was called Hillbilly Heights. The lead singer of the Lucky Strikes lived there and may still, and so did a friend of mine who is a massage therapist. They are basic but comfortable and in a great location, especially if you’re a musician.  Apparently, the place has been and is still home to a large number of Austin (Live Music Capital!) musicians.  And now, will Hillbilly Heights follow Liberty Lunch, Les Amis, and numerous others to merely be a fleeting memory? Apparently, there are condos planned for this little spot, which means that this unique little community will be gone.  That is, unless a group of the current residents and others in the Dawson neighborhood can somehow finagle the place into being a historic property.  Not sure what the chances of that happening are, at this late stage. But if you’d like to support them, you can join them tonight from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Multipurpose Center in Gillis Park near Oltorf and South First.

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