The Hill Country is known for its clear-flowing streams, cedar-choked hills, fields of bluebonnets and, increasingly, tourism centered around vineyards, B&Bs and antique shopping. But the booming I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio is putting the region’s natural treasures and rural character at risk. A new report by University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture looks at some of the threats to the Hill Country, and proposes long-term solutions.
Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering energy and the environment at the Observer. She has a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental and science reporting from New York University.