It’s Dec. 23, and in the time-honored tradition of Festivus, we’ve polled the Statesman newsroom to air some 2016 grievances (we’ll get to the feats of strength later).
We’ve got a lot of problems with you, Austin, and now you’re gonna hear about it.
- One word: MoPacalypse
- The Great Breakfast Taco War of 2016 with San Antonio (because we all know it was never even a contest)
- The contentious nature of the Prop. 1 campaign, which ultimately resulted in Uber and Lyft leaving Austin (but many companies stepped in to fill the city’s ride-hailing void)
- The cancellation of Levitation Fest
- Yet another disappointing football season from the 5-7 Longhorns
- Having to say goodbye to @ChuckFnStrong (but we’ll always have the fond memories)
- Selena Gomez’s snooze-worthy set at the Erwin Center
- The inaugural Sound on Sound Fest was plagued with long shuttle lines, set time delays & a rain disaster the third day
- Texas queso’s mind-boggling loss to Arkansas cheese dip in a taste test
- A Travis Heights road was blocked for five days when a house got stuck in the middle of the street – apparently Austin rent is getting so high, even the houses are trying to leave
- Creepy clown threats in Central Texas
- The closings of Doc’s Motorworks, Tom’s Tabooley, Opal Divine’s Penn Field and Parts & Labour
- We found something worse than fire ants
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. And hey, remember that it wasn’t all bad: Here are 12 feel-good stories that prove some positivity came out of 2016.