Clarksville: The Story of One of Central Austin’s Most Prominent Neighborhoods

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Historian Malcolm Greenstein joins me today to discuss the history of Clarksville, one of Central Austin’s most popular neighborhoods.

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Today I’m taking a break from talking about the real estate market to interview historian Malcolm Greenstein about one of Central Austin’s most popular neighborhoods: Clarksville.

For your convenience, I’ve provided timestamps of the interview so you can skip ahead to various sections:

0:05—The origins of Clarksville

0:58—The vision of its founder, Charles Clark, and the Emancipation Proclamation’s role in Clarksville’s creation

1:53—Institutional racism, forced relocation, and Clarksville’s residents’ fight to halt the construction of the crosstown freeway during the early 20th century

3:50—How, over time, real estate developers threatened Clarksville’s existence

4:48—The organization of the Clarksville Community Development Corporation and its establishment of affordable housing

5:25—The current state of the CCDC: Its thriving effort to give back to the community and its ongoing challenges

I hope you enjoyed learning about Clarksville. As always, if you have any real estate questions or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home soon, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

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