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CityMetric Advent 10: The mystery of Austin's tree decorations

Near Austin, Texas, there’s a drab stretch of highway known as “Loop 360”. For most of the year, it’s entirely unremarkable – there’s four lanes, some scrubby grass and a few trees lining the side of the road. But from Thanksgiving onwards, something magical happens: the trees become covered in tinsel and decorations.  

We’d like to think this is the work of cheery Texan elves, but we’re old enough now to face the reality that the trees are probably festooned by local families, keen to keep the tradition alive. 

As you can imagine, the spontaneous appearance of Christmas decorations in the wild isn’t popular with a select few local Scrooges, who claim the decorations are, effectively, just litter. But so far, this hasn’t stopped the mysterious decorators. These trees are from this year’s decoration-binge: 

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Let’s just hope the big-heartedness of the festive do-gooders extends to clearing up the tinsel come January. 


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