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What UT Looked Like in the 1980s

Kind of the same, actually

Austinites like to talk about how much the city has changed, but a video highlighted in the Austin-American Statesman Tuesday tells a different story.

The promotional video, which touts UT and Austin to prospective students, is part of a larger Kickstarter campaign to produce a film called When We Were Live, about how live local cable television "helped shape the culture of Austin, one of America's weirdest cities," according to its fundraising page. As the video takes viewers on a tour through campus, downtown, and Zilker Park, current Austinites might be surprised at how much remains virtually the same. Fashion, music style, and cuisine are different, of course, but the Texas Union, the Drag, Sixth Street, Barton Springs, and Hole in the Wall are still going strong and look virtually the same. Though some nostalgists might pine for the days when the Union featured a bowling alley, game room, and $2.50 movies every night, most probably won't miss its "famous" Mexican cuisine.