Growth of SXSW makes city confront festival's future

March 23, 2015 6:01 AM

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AUSTIN - Former Austin mayor Will Wynn remembers when he became aware of South by Southwest in the early 1990s, when downtown was a veritable ghost town, and the then-music only festival was still "this clumsy thing."

Now, just two years shy of its 30th anniversary, the tech-education-film-music-event has become so large Wynn doesn't even stay in town when it's happening.

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