New "map" highlights Austin’s diversity
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The “Judgmental Austin Map” gives new meaning to neighborhoods like Zilker and Brentwood.
From “Ex-Frat Highrises” in downtown to “Overly Practical Gays” near Allandale, the Judgmental Austin Map takes a tongue-in-cheek look at Austin’s best-known stereotypes with labels like “fake hippies,” “Lance Armstrong types” and “comfy fatties.”
Creator and former Austinite Albert Bui, who has seen thousands of Facebook “shares” and hundreds of online comments, said he is happy people are not taking the map too seriously.
“I’m glad people are taking this light-heartedly — the words are really harsh,” Bui said from his home in Brooklyn. “I’m glad people aren’t getting offended.”
Bui, who graduated from Southwestern University three years ago, said he got the inspiration to create the map after traveling back to Austin this summer.
“I noticed that a lot had changed in such a short amount of time,” Bui said.
Bui said he noticed people in Austin had moved into neighborhoods with similar types of people — much like his current home in New York City, where he is a graphic designer.
“In New York, everyone lives in their own little neighborhood,” Bui said. “Austin has grown so big that there is a lot of diversity… because of many different types of people.”
After creating the map on Friday night, Bui says he is surprised that it became popular so quickly. At first, the map was only shared among his friends, but after it gained popularity with them, he made the photo public. It’s already been featured in a number of local publications.
Bui continues to update the map with feedback. Those who want a high-resolution copy of the map can contact Bui by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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