Magazine February 24, 2020, Issue

Homelessness in Austin

The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, August 14, 2019 (Tamir Kalifa for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A visit to Camp R.A.T.T.

Camp R.A.T.T., Texas

In the 1990s, when the Great Millennial Tech Boom was really just getting going and the sudden presence of fresh shiny silver and black Volkswagen Jettas announced the arrival of an unexpected new kind of energetic high-momentum young money on the streets of Austin — formerly a sleepy college town famous for the stylishly unambitious young white people captured with anthropological precision in Richard Linklater’s Slacker — Interstate 35 formed the great imposing socioeconomic Berlin Wall between the high-on-irony undergraduate Caucasians eating spinach enchiladas and taking seven years to get a bachelor’s degree over at the University of

This article appears as “The Lost City of Montopolis” in the February 24, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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