You’ve heard the slogan — Keep Austin Weird. The blue college bubble deep in the red-meat heart of Texas (clap! clap!) built its counterculture rep on the backs of patron saints like cross-dressing homeless hero Leslie (RIP) and green-lunged country legend Willie Nelson, who is thankfully immortal. Ask yourself: How fantastically bizarre must a Texas city be to earn a rep as the weird one?
But the times they are a-scaling. Austin’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, which means the price of a taco on Airport Blvd has inflated 900% (from 39 cents!) and it’s nearly impossible to find authentic Madonna pap smears for sale outside music venues anymore, dismaying fans of Richard Linklater’s 1991 proto-Austin city guide Slacker.