Austin Losing Its Identity

RECEIVED Mon., June 17, 2019

Dear Editor,
    Historically, Austin has been the center point of many different cultures since the late 1800s. From the Anglicans to the Tejanos, Austin was one of the most diverse places in America. While reading The Austin Chronicle's article "Austin at Large: Money Changes Everything" [News, June 14], I realized Austin is essentially losing its identity. The families that have lived in Austin and surrounding areas are pushed out and rich businessmen and the upper class are flooding Austin. Sales taxes, such as the ones that were experienced by Wally's, are forcing small businesses to be replaced by larger corporations. Austin's history won't be one of a rich, diverse history of intercultural mixtures, rather the wealthy moving Austin like a puppet. However, the businesses do bring in millions of dollars for growth as well as developing Austin into a national powerhouse. The issue is that this rapid development is both not supported by the infrastructure and more importantly, is at the cost of the original Austinites that have been here for generations. I believe that your article best describes this growing issue and I hope that the balance between the upper, middle, and lower class is held and we can all thrive together.
Bhargav Annem
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