'Dirty Sixth' No Misnomer

RECEIVED Wed., June 5, 2013

Dear Editor,
    “Austin is the live music capital of the world, and Sixth Street is where it's happening.” That's the message we – tourists from Charleston, S.C. – were getting from tourism promos and T-shirts [“The 'Dirty' Word,” Food, May 24] .
    So, on a trip recently, we hurried over to Sixth Street with high hopes. What a disappointment! It seems to us that Austin needs to improve Sixth Street big-time – or significantly tone down the hype.
    By the way, the city official in Ivy Le's story who said that nobody but reporters calls Sixth Street “Dirty Sixth” is wrong. The next morning we asked the waitress at the Marriott what was going on with Sixth Street. She wrinkled her nose in disgust and said that everyone calls it “Dirty Sixth.” We were relieved: At least Austin locals recognize Sixth Street for what it isn't.
Erik Calonius
Charleston, S.C.
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