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Collin Ballard: Redefining hostel life for Austin

Michael Barnes

Collin Ballard was driving along a Seattle viaduct when he underwent an unusual epiphany.

“I want to open a hostel,” he thought.

After all, Ballard was a natural host who had served as social coordinator for his college fraternity. He was a frequent overseas traveler with a lifelong design sensibility and advanced financial training.

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