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A little love for Austin City Hall


In these days of persistent and perplexing problems, here’s a little something in which we can take pride: Austin City Hall gets a rave review in an impressive new book.

For its perfect actions in response to the challenges facing our police department? Nope. For its equitable-to-all decisions concerning our rapid growth? Negatory. For its deft handling of the homeless situation? You’re kidding, right?

I said Austin City Hall, not Austin City Council. We’re talking about the downtown building at 301 W. Second Street, an edifice that to some is a monument to good government and to others a monstrosity of creative excess.

Austin City Hall is among 15 U.S. city halls highlighted in

I like Austin City Hall. And, as happens about 71% of the time, turns out I’m right. Says so right there in “City Hall.” It’s a stunningly beautiful words-and-images book in which California writer/photographer Arthur Drooker celebrates 15 U.S. city halls, ours among them. And the section about ours is the only one in the book that includes the word “armadillo.”

In addition to Austin City Hall, an Austin resident is featured in the book. Historian Douglas Brinkley wrote the foreword that captures what many Americans think about city halls.



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