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Downtown Austin boards up in preparation for election night protests
(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Downtown Austin businesses are boarding up their doors and windows in preparation for possible protests in response election results.


Boarded up businesses between 8th and 9th streets on Congress Avenue include 7-Eleven, the post office and Total Men's Primary Care, among others.

The Congress Avenue post office boarded up on Nov. 3. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

7-Eleven employee Lora Salinas said the buildings have been boarded up due to fear of rioting in the wake of the election, although the store hasn't experienced any issues with previous downtown protests.

"We are afraid this time around," Salinas said.

Salinas said the boards may stay up after Election Day, depending on how events pan out.

"(Building managers are) going to wait through the election night and see what tomorrow brings," Salinas said.

This is not unique to Austin as major cities like New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and more are seeing plywood popping up on streets.

More on election protests:

Election protests could test new APD policies, but city officials and activists worry they don’t go far enough

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.