Day 274

Hello, Austin and happy Labor Day! I can’t believe we're already here. This stop is a pretty big deal for the project, because I can officially count our remaining locations on one hand. We’ve certainly come a long way from the frigid temperatures of Cleveland last December, huh? I thought a great way to kickstart my time here would be to once again share some of websites that have helped me along the way. So, here goes:

Charlotte — A local guide to all things art, music and entertainment; this site kept me in the loop for festivals, restaurant openings and so much more.

CLT Blog — A catch-all of local news, CLT Blog covers everything from the latest development plans to sports scores and beer tastings.

Charlotte’s Got A Lot — The name says it all. This one encompasses the city’s wonderful tourist attractions, events and recreational offerings. 

Memphis — Concerts, clubs, bars and dives—you can read all about it here. They have the latest news, events and happenings in and around the Memphis area.

I Love Memphis — If you want to know why the locals love their city so much, this should be your first stop. You’ll learn about what’s new and what’s great, all from the perspective of those who live there.

Choose 901 — There’s a lot to love about Memphis, from artists and musicians to filmmakers and chefs. Choose 901 brings them all together for your reading pleasure.

St. Louis

Riverfront Times — A standard for citywide news and updates, this site offers everything you could possibly want to know about what’s happening right now. — St. Louis has a lot of great eateries and this is the place to go when you need to impress a date, dine on something different or locate the best prices in town. — This one is all about the artists, who bring the city to life through their colorful murals and eye-popping mosaics.


Red Eye Chicago — Local news with a youthful exuberance, Red Eye brings you a different perspective on what’s going down in the Windy City.

Chicago Reader — From news and politics to arts and culture, you can discover just about everything there is to know about Chicago’s upcoming events and festivities. — If you’re looking for great mix tapes, interviews with local artists or reviews of the latest independent films, look no further than

Minneapolis — Winner of the coolest URL award, is your local guide to food, fashion and festivities around the Twin Cities.

Open Streets MPLS — Every year, Open Streets hosts a variety of events around the city to help people rediscover their neighborhoods and promote healthy transportation alternatives. I was lucky enough to stumble upon one such event during my time in MPLS and they certainly converted me to a believer in the cause.

Mn — From the stage to the canvas, the Twin Cities have a lot to offer when it comes to the arts. This site brings you the latest news and updates on just about every style you can imagine. If it’s happening here, they’ll know about it.

As for my first weekend here in Austin, it was a great one indeed. I already have so many things I want to write about and I'm chomping at the bit just trying to keep it all under wraps for now. We're down to the project's final five months. So, let's keep this party a'rollin!