If Ginger Man Closes, Shame on Austin

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 16, 2007

Dear Editor,
    The only matching set of drinking glasses that I own came as a gift with purchase from one of Austin’s finest establishments, the Ginger Man. Rumor has it that in a little over a year this place will be turned into yet another high-rise condo that fat cats will get rich off of and those yuppie jerks can infest like lice.
    Shame on Austin if this is true. Once again we take something that everyone enjoys – and I’m assuming they enjoy it, because the Ginger Man is always packed when I go in – and we take away its charm in order to make a fast buck off of it. We forget that the reason most people want to live Downtown is because of places like the Ginger Man. I once thought Will Wynn would do this city well. Now I see that he’s just looking to turn us into another Houston or San Antonio. South Congress has already been ruined; the Eastside is in the full throes of gentrification; so of course, it's the perfect time to muck up Downtown. Pretty soon you won’t even be able to see the Capitol or the UT Tower. They’ll both be blocked from view with condos and banks, signs of the proud tradition of corporatism that Austin is now looking to carry.
    I always thought the saddest day of my life would be Danny Young’s retirement from the restaurant business. I was mistaken. If the Ginger Man is closed, I will have a new dark day to look back on.
Katy Ludlow
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