In this article, writer Lawrence Wright describes his journey to finding his ideal community and settling down in Austin, Texas.
Wright recounts his travels around the world, living in many desirable places, but not being able to identify with any of them. He details his search for an ideal community, one that combines qualities he loves from other places, such as intellectual stimulation from Cambridge or Durham, the beauty of Atlanta, and access to nature in Denver or Seattle. Wright eventually settled in Austin, after a brief stint in the city in the 1970s, and fell in love with its music scene and the sense of community among residents. Wright also talks about the history of Austin, from the displacement of freedmen communities to the floods of the 1980s and the community response to Whole Foods Market’s losses. Wright speaks with Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Laura Gottesman, a real estate agent, about the challenges facing the city as it continues to grow, including transportation and affordable housing