The challenge for all of us this Thanksgiving is letting go of what we've lost in this tough year and treasure what we still have.
We at Austonia are thankful for you. Since we launched our site in April, we've done our best to connect you to Austin, with stories ranging from the important to the delightfully superficial. Your response has been strong and we are grateful.
At this time of thanks, we have a variety of stories for you. Laura Figi writes about "a greener holiday," food trends, and Friday shopping. Emma Freer writes about a nearby annual Native American heritage celebration. And Roberto Ontiveros brings us a thoughtful piece that looks at the human toll of Austin's gentrification—the often painful flip side to having shiny new bars, restaurants, and apartments—in this case it's displacement of the Black community on East 11th Street. Finally, we ask you how you're celebrating the holiday this year.
Our best to you and your loved ones!
—The Austonia Team
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A sampling of Austin crime reports from the weekend:
Saturday, 12:40 p.m.: Man steals Chevy Malibu and leads police on a chase. Police give up on the chase. 2201 Willow Creek Dr.
Saturday, 3:17 p.m.: Firefighters report fire on top of an electrical pole. 11824 Harold Green Rd.
Saturday, 5:07 p.m.: Police received report of a fight involving multiple people. 6118 Fairway St.
Saturday, 7:46 p.m.: Vehicle crashed into river. 840 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Saturday, 11:32 p.m.: Butcher shop robbed by man armed with stick. 753 Montopolis Dr.
Sunday, 1:45 a.m.: Man punches passersby. 6300 S. Congress Ave.
Sunday, 2:17 a.m.: Man assaulting patrons at downtown club. 310 Colorado St.
Sunday, 5:14 a.m.: Police respond to call of two men breaking glass with baseball bats. 1291 N I-35.
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A sampling of Austin crime reports since noon Saturday:
7:25 a.m.: Carjacking, person assaulted and robbed of vehicle. 8801 McCann Dr.
2:09 a.m.: A white Lexus hits a police car and leads police on a 100 mph chase until the driver crashes and is arrested at gunpoint. E. Oltorf St. & Pleasant Valley Rd.
11:17 p.m.: Man falls from cliff into Lake Austin, in Tarrytown. A kayaker rescues the man and takes him to a nearby dock, where first responders found him and transported to local hospital. 2200 Scenic Dr.
Waving a crucifix from her car window, a rabid Trump supporter drove between the Biden celebration crowd and the Trump protest crowd in downtown Austin on Saturday, as captured on video by Austonia.