I was told back in the 70's/80's Austin was a really perfect size and culture. So everyone running for Council and Mayor ran on a "no roads" platform because they felt if they didn't build any major roads and rejected State/Federal money, Austin could not grow.
Then of course Austin grew without the major roads and now there is really no alternative, no space even.
I hate I35. I cannot get to Georgetown without coming to a complete stop at some point. No matter time of day or day.
That was the pre-Silicon Valley shebang. After the military base closed down Bergstrom AFB, the silicon libs moved in from Cali.
I remember well the roads before then.
That shift forever changed the face of Austin.
*Is my age showing?
I had to make the drive home to Dallas last weekend and was stuck in traffic the whole 4 hours. Typical. It got really bad between Waco and Hillsboro, I wish there was a convenient alternative to the Highway, but there's not.