Austinites look forward to SXSW headaches disappearing

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by ANDREW HORANSKY / KVUE News

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Posted on March 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 18 at 6:26 PM

The music portion of South by Southwest (SXSW) is well underway, but it is not necessarily music to everyone’s ears. On Facebook, the KVUE Insider asked if there was anyone who was not a fan of SXSW.  A number of people replied.

One person complained about not enough Latin music.  Another said there was too much trash.  One person observed that the quality of cell phone reception seems to have slipped. Then there was the biggest complaint -- traffic.

One driver told KVUE Friday that she is giving herself an extra 30 to 45 minutes to get where she wants to go.

Over at the food trailers on South Congress, the reviews were a mixed bag.  Even though vendors had doubled their business, customers complained about a shortage of bathrooms.

The lot behind the vendors began charging $10 for parking, and one vendor noted that the ATM charges went up.

Tommy Spurlock, owner of Coat and Thai, took it in stride.

“It just comes with the territory. It is South by Southwest,” Spurlock said.  “So it’s part of the deal.”

Just a few blocks away, some homeowners say they are looking forward to getting their streets back.

On Friday a large tour bus filled up the parking spots in front of Marty Peck’s home. Illegally parked cars blocked fire hydrants and restricted the wheelchair access onto sidewalks.

Peck said he had not seen any tickets on cars. He also said he does not rule out renting out his home next year and perhaps leaving Austin altogether during SXSW.

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