Faces of East Austin / by Montinique Monroe

Brothers Anthony Cook (left) and Michael Cook (right) sit on the corner of Rosewood Avenue and Chicon Street, where longtime East Austin residents gather daily.

Brothers Anthony Cook (left) and Michael Cook (right) sit on the corner of Rosewood Avenue and Chicon Street, where longtime East Austin residents gather daily.

It isn’t the same. I was living in Houston. I just came back home and everything just look different from the time when I was here before. It’s not the hood like how it used to be back then. Everything has changed. You can see it’s more of a mixture. You see a lot of white people now. You didn’t used see a lot of white people back then. Back then it used to be worse than this. Growing up as a child I used to see a whole bunch of stuff. I just feel like it could have been a better situation than to push all the black people out.” - Michael Cook

It isn’t the same. I was living in Houston. I just came back home and everything just look different from the time when I was here before. It’s not the hood like how it used to be back then. Everything has changed. You can see it’s more of a mixture. You see a lot of white people now. You didn’t used see a lot of white people back then. Back then it used to be worse than this. Growing up as a child I used to see a whole bunch of stuff. I just feel like it could have been a better situation than to push all the black people out.” - Michael Cook

They want to put black people where they want to put them. I don’t think that shit cool.” - Anthony Cook

They want to put black people where they want to put them. I don’t think that shit cool.” - Anthony Cook