Tribeza Talk June 2017
An Insider’s Guide to Austin’s Hidden Gems
by Nicole Beckley
Mapping the Future
Whether you’re a longtime Austin resident or a new transplant, you’ve probably thought about how the city is growing and changing. Wish you could weigh in on hot topics like affordability, mobility and permitting? Now’s the time to publicly comment, provide feedback, and learn more about the city’s CodeNEXT plan, which will help determine what can be built where. Learn more at CodeTALK June 7 at City Hall.
Best Foot Forward
“I think walking is just the best way to be connected, to people, to be connected to place,” says Katie Deolloz, founder of ATX Walks. Since August 2016 Deolloz has made community walking in Austin a priority, leading organized walks in different neighborhoods. As a current fellow at the national Walking College and a member of the City’s pedestrian advisory council, Deolloz is passionate about bipedalism as a mode of transportation and for its health benefits. “Walking is the most accessible form of physical activity for the largest number of people across the ages,” Deolloz says, “Whether you’re eight or 80, most likely you’re able to go for a walk.”
Her organized walks highlight neighborhood features and bring out a wide variety of community members. “When you’re walking with people, especially in a place like Austin, you’re able to notice things together, some of the funky art work that’s around, the murals, you’re able to discuss it in real time and share that experience,” Deolloz says.
Photo by Marcelo Salinas
Vive la France
If there’s a local politician to get excited about this summer it may be Le Politique (“the politician”), a classic French eatery opening inside the Northshore apartment and office building. Nestled between the second street district and the Green Water redevelopment, the restaurant will serve lunch, brunch and dinner, and feature a patisserie and coffee shop. Consider the tarte f lambée an initiative worth supporting.
“We always look for locations that are walkable and bikeable from the surrounding neighborhood,” says Anthony Sobotik, co-founder of Lick Honest Ice Creams. Their new shop in the Mueller development opened in April, and families are already flocking for signature flavors like Texas Sheet Cake and Too Hot Chocolate.
Since opening Lick’s first location on South Lamar in 2011 (now in Lamar Union), owners Sobotik and Chad Palmatier have emphasized natural local ingredients. Growing up in Hallettsville, Texas, Sobotik calls on his rural roots to work with Texas farmers who supply all the vegetables, herbs, and fruits, including, for the first time, bananas. This summer they’ll offer a limited edition Banana Nut Fudge, with SRSLY chocolate fudge sauce and Texas toasted peanuts. “It was a good way for us to use three super-local ingredients in one flavor,” Sobotik says.
Photo by Annie Ray
Mi Kasita es su Casita
From dumpster dweller to CEO, Jeff Wilson’s fascination with small spaces has taken him on an interesting journey. Perhaps better known as Professor Dumpster, Wilson spent a year living in a 33-square foot dumpster while he was a professor at Huston-Tillotson University. “The dumpster was like a test of the ultimate limits of home and living smaller,” Wilson says, “I spent a lot more time out in the neighborhood and community, it kind of became my living room.” The project also planted the seed for what would become Kasita, his new business which produces and retails small (352 sq. foot.) homes for $139,000. Check out the model at 1304 E. 4th St. on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Like A Good Neighbor
When it comes to going above and beyond in service of a fellow Austinite, Lydia Clay goes boldly. A project manager at Momark Development, Clay was inspired to donate a kidney to a fellow Leadership Austin Essential class member’s child. This year’s recipient of Leadership Austin’s Ascendant Award, Clay will be recognized along with outstanding community members Ron Kessler and Ballet Austin’s Executive Director Cookie Ruiz, during Leadership Austin’s Best Party Ever on June 2 at Brazos Hall.