What Can Denver Learn From Austin?

Editor's Note: Denver rock band In the Whale is in Austin this week for SXSW. The duo of Nate Valdez (vocals and guitar) and Eric Riley (drums and backing vocals) will be documenting their exploits and observations for Westword Music. 

For more shenanigans, follow In the Whale on FacebookTwitter and/or Instagram. For the most shenanigans, head to the hi-dive on April 3rd, where the band will be celebrating the release of a new album called Full Nelson

Admittedly, we're a couple of squares. We're not party dudes, so four days of non-stop drinking isn't really our thing.

Prior to our show Friday afternoon, we kept far away from the chaos of 6th street.

On the west side of Austin, we came across the Hope Outdoor Gallery and were able to sit back and catch our breath.

Austin, like Denver, is growing like crazy and for a community to put aside such prized real estate for graffiti artists to do what they do best is extremely unique.

West Austin is eerily similar to the Highlands and that makes you think: would this work in Denver? Or are real estate developers too wrapped up with wanting to squeeze in another pre-fabricated rectangle house on an already congested street?

Maybe that's the conversation we should have as a community?

Also a cool note, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers lived in the mansion above the Hope Gallery.

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