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Best of Austin

Best Urban Development Echo Chamber with Chris Bradford, the Austin Contrarian, and Shawn Shillington from the Austinist (they pulled off the hat trick).

Thanks, Wells. And it was nice to meet you and Richard and the Austinist crew in person. Also congrats to Jason Abels, who I wish I'd have talked to more later, but never had a chance.

And as always, thanks to Baba for hosting this thing, which started after the ISP (I was actually paying!) turned out to not be backing up their mysql database.

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I was there briefly and looked for you, but maybe I shouldn't have been looking for neon blue hair.

Heh. I even put on a nametag after a bit with Mike in big letters and M1EK in parentheses below in case you or Shilli walked by, but no luck.

My wife and I were there from about 6:15 to 8:00. Sorry I missed you.

Congratulations on the award Mike! I kept an eye out for you but managed to miss you after stealing your table. I did get to bump into a couple other names I recognized, that was pretty cool. I tried to do the nametag thing too but I biked down and I think my sweat has anti-adhesive properties.

Same place next year? ;)

In addition to my previously stated congratulations, I pose this question:

Should you put it on your business cards? I say yes.

Oh, yeah, I'm SURE my crackplog would go over REAL well with the right-wingers that run rampant here these days.

Sorry I missed you guys (again). I expect someday we will meet up in the real world. Until then, virtual congratulations!

Congrats!

I'm not sure why they called us an "echo chamber," though. We disagree all the time. Why, we had a disagreement just yesterday: you think the extra infrastructure costs imposed by large lots should be recouped by taxing lot size; I think they should be recouped through impact fees.
It's night and day.

But keep in mind that if you favor either one, it's only because you're being paid by developers to blog that way. Large lots must be subsidized by the tax and regulatory code in order to preserve affordable housing!

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