In October, KUT embarked on a project to tell the story of a neighborhood in transition: the area around 12th and Chicon streets in East Austin. Decades ago, it was a center of black life in the city, but over the past few years, the forces of gentrification have taken hold.
The series was called On My Block.
On Thursday, KUT wrapped up the project with a live broadcast during Morning Edition from the Urban Co-Lab on 12th Street. We opened a bureau there to maintain a presence in the neighborhood and allow residents to see KUT reporters on a daily basis and help us determine the stories that needed to be told.
The broadcast can be heard in its entirety here:
After the broadcast, Morning Edition host Jennifer Stayton led a roundtable discussion with the reporters involved in the series: Syeda Hasan, Audrey McGlinchy, Mose Buchele and Kate McGee. The reporters discussed what they expected going into the project and what surprised them the most, among other things.
Watch the discussion below:
Throughout the live show, Jennifer Stayton talked to a number of people with expertise and insight into the changes affecting the East Austin neighborhood.
Find their interviews below:
- Nefertiti Jackson And Natasha Madison On How East Austin Can Survive The 'Marathon' Of Development
- To Close Achievement Gap, Austin ISD Must 'Pay Attention' To The East Side
- Archivist LaToya Devezin On Preserving African-American History And Culture
- Black Community's Flight From Austin Underscores Need To Deal With Affordability Crisis