Originally Posted by the Genral
While I am looking forward to F1 racing here, it is just one week out of the year and mostly just a weekend event. It will come, create some buzz, and be over. It will never define Austin but may very well be defined by Austin. We have a unique vibe here that visitors pick up on. If this was a one trick pony track I'd be concerned about its future, but as far as the bad start bad finish banter, I predict a multi used, successful venue for years to come. SXSW had a rough start and look at it now.
i generally see it like you do, but what if the race brings in some unwanted rich folks with lots of money who decides.... "hmmmm, i kinda like austin." then moves there, makes some major investment and brings in some huge corporation and starts making big money. then more investors see the successes and decide to move there... and by the time you know it, austin now actually becomes the pretentious city that everyone mistakingly portrays it as of now.
maybe that's not how its gonna work and i'm probably speaking in hyperboles but situations like this one just sounds bad, very bad. i don't know the history of sxsw, but i doubt it involved lots of money like this with lawsuits flying everywhere. money is intrinsically involved here. sxsw was more influenced by the arts and culture and probably had very humble beginnings as opposed to this mighty greedy infested event like f1 tracks. it was probably a far cry from the bad vibes that f1 is bringing.
now i know, i might sound like a NIMBY here, but its something that i feel worth considering. by all means if something this awesome that will most certainly put austin on the map for good comes to austin, i'm all for it. but so long as things are done in a good fashion. it just seems like a mess right now. i sure hope it works out though.