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Zoning the Eastside: Public Pathos and Distributed Emotion (Essay in progress)

NOTE: This essay is being written online as we speak. It is currently in its developmental stages, so please forgive the mess.

It was late one summer afternoon, many years ago. I sat in an apartment hunter’s office, where he had spread open a large map in order to show me the neighborhoods in Austin where affordable housing could be found. “Of course,” he said, “you don’t want to live east of I-35.” He pointed to the highway on the map, and then to the neighborhoods running east of the thin line representing the massive freeway. “It’s just not a very nice place to live.” The phrase rang in my head immediately: east of I-35. It was such a concrete marker to observe. I would later hear the same kind of warning many other times throughout my life in Austin. Even after I rented a house on the eastside, friends
would take comfort in knowing that I was not living “too far east.”
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