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Opening of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Yet another sign we've stopped being a small(ish) town: the exodus of the airport from a central city neighborhood to a spot in the hinterlands. This was the big story for the last year, and the media went all out covering it. While the Statesman's ABIA day-by-day coverage bordered on overkill, the live TV coverage made for a fun weekend of channel-flipping. And why not? This fluffy, feel-good story actually had some teeth. From the quirky public art to the sleek and sexy concourse, the long road in Austin's history that finally lead to Bergstrom shows that public process can amount to something pleasant and even fun.

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