You can count the years of this old Austin neighborhood in the rings of so many shady trees that line the streets. You might not even mind being stuck at a light or stop sign, awaiting the flow of bike traffic or the ducklike waddle of a local nursery-schooler headed for Shipe Park. The original Austin planned community, Hyde Park is respite in the form of neighborhood, a template that so many of these new infills only wish they could emulate but miss by a long shot. And great news: The council is finally looking to fix the sidewalks.
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