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Austin has been changing -- at an ever-increasing rate -- for many years. This week, a carhop-style hamburger joint that had been in business since 1973 was demolished. The landowner decided to raise the rent and the business decided they could not afford to stay.
The place opened in 1973 as "Dan's Hamburgers," owned by a married couple. When they were divorced, the wife took this location and called it by her name, "Fran's."
Fran blames rising property taxes: “It’s a little sad, but I can’t afford it. The real reason is the taxes. In South Austin unless you’ve got a million dollar place and you sell alcohol, you’re not going to make enough money to pay the taxes.”
A local business will build a new restaurant on this prime corner of South Congress Avenue, and it will be neat. But one more piece of Old Austin was crushed and carted away this week.

Foto note: the colors here were pretty catching -- the machine is a bright yellow and the paint on the building a deep red -- but the sky was cloudy that day, the light was very even, and I thought the light and the subject favored the monochrome presentation.

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