A few days ago, I posted photos from Austin’s East 6th Street, but the many new connections I have might not know my history with this corridor, a short 3-4 block area running east of Capitol Avenue downtown. 44 years ago, there were people hanging out on the street, many of them blue-collar types catching a city bus to or from work. And there were many obviously down on their luck, due to mental health and/or substance abuse issues. But beyond that, many folks just liked to pass their time there. The view I had a few days back was really quite sad. The area has gentrified, becoming a go-to haven for music clubs, but there are far more people in pain there now than back in the day. At least, that’s my impression. I’m presenting a few images tonight from 1973. Again, this is to connect new friends with how this little thing began so many years ago.