A Stop at Spider House on a Search for the soul of Austin Every day we are looking. Trying to find out what makes this place different from all the other Sun Belt boom towns of America. I often tell people that I feel like I am living in Los Angeles in the 1950's: a place of incredible opportunity, hyper growth and money. Lots and lots of money. In the midst of all this, we are looking for the funky soul, the underbelly that isn't part of the approved ad campaigns. We are still looking. But we haunt some of those places that don't have a concept, like the Spider House.