Dear Editor, Wow!
I’m a born and raised Austinite … yes, born in Austin – and let me tell you something about that McDonald’s and Taco Cabana on South Lamar [“Postmarks
,” Jan. 11]. I remember going to that McDonald’s after going to Peter Pan’s Putt-Putt as a child. It was also our treat after going to see the Trail of Lights every Christmas. In high school and college, after a night Downtown, Taco Cabana was a life saver. My father used to buy us breakfast there before we spent the day at Zilker Park. Obviously, you don’t have children. Neither do I. But even more obvious is the fact that you didn’t grow up here in Austin, because then you would understand what some of those places mean to the people who have grown up in Austin and who hope to raise their own children here. Don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy every new restaurant and organic local eatery that has opened here in Austin. I love that Austin is in direct competition with big cities on the food level. I, too, shop at the farmers' market, compost, and buy organic. But don’t forget that South Austin was just as cool, vibrant, and cultural without every other restaurant boasting about their all-organic and local food. Austinites were living in South Austin far before any of those restaurants were ever open. About the only thing more annoying is people who aren’t from here and love to throw in other people’s faces how vegan and organic they are, and how insulting it is to use a plastic bag. … Get over yourselves! The people that actually grew up in Austin don’t need to justify themselves, they just live here and try to avoid people like you, Kevin. About the only thing that you and I can agree on is that Austin is a different place.