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    Austin - The Good - The Bad - The Ugly

    So my job has decided to relocate to Austin. I'm undecided on whether or not to go. Curious to hear your perspective if you've lived there?

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    Oh shit.

    Sorry to hear that, dude.

    How do you feel about Texas culturally? I think that's one of the most significant differences you'd find in moving there. That's pretty subjective as to whether you'd find it attractive or not.
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    It's the best part of Texas, IMO. Which doesn't mean Austin is great, it just means it's the best part of an otherwise pretty unremarkable state.

    Um...you can't throw a rock without hitting someone with an acoustic guitar. Lots of musicians / hipsters / tech and media types. 6th street is (or was) a really fun part of town. It's a pretty youthful town. Crowded. It can get humid, but not unbearably bad like other cities.

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    I like to call Austin a bunch of neighborhoods vaguely connected to a downtown business district that are in denial about being a city.

    I'm pretty excited to leave it in time for the sweltering summer heat. That said, there's a lot of decent people here, and a lot of opportunities for patio day-drinking. There are quirky places still, though things are being developed to look like suburbs. I live in an area north of the UT campus that will look completely different in five years or so. It's strange to encounter so many people who don't see beyond Texas. Someone was excited to discover that the PNW has a big microbrew culture, "it's not just an Austin thing!" The hipsters generally know better- mention living in PNW and you'll have instant cred.

    If the job is decent, it'd be worth being here for a couple years. I'd be willing to stay longer if I was in a more sedentary mood, but I need to move on. I'll miss the breakfast tacos.

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    I can't stand the place -- The highway infrastructure sucks and everything about that whole Austin/San Antonio area just feels depressing and dated.

    Also, the high school anti-conformist in me hates Austin because it was built up to be the promised land for which all young Houstonians embark to after they graduate.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Just in the data gathering phase. Helps to hear from like-minded eccentrics. I'm leaning toward staying in the Bay Area. I haven't had a good unemployment vacation in 5 years or so.

    Quote Originally Posted by Osito Polar View Post
    Oh shit.

    Sorry to hear that, dude.

    How do you feel about Texas culturally? I think that's one of the most significant differences you'd find in moving there. That's pretty subjective as to whether you'd find it attractive or not.
    I've never been to Texas outside the airport. Never had a reason to. I usually end up hating any stereotype I'm surrounded with in my environment.

    Quote Originally Posted by sandwitch View Post
    I like to call Austin a bunch of neighborhoods vaguely connected to a downtown business district that are in denial about being a city.

    I'm pretty excited to leave it in time for the sweltering summer heat. That said, there's a lot of decent people here, and a lot of opportunities for patio day-drinking. There are quirky places still, though things are being developed to look like suburbs. I live in an area north of the UT campus that will look completely different in five years or so. It's strange to encounter so many people who don't see beyond Texas. Someone was excited to discover that the PNW has a big microbrew culture, "it's not just an Austin thing!" The hipsters generally know better- mention living in PNW and you'll have instant cred.

    If the job is decent, it'd be worth being here for a couple years. I'd be willing to stay longer if I was in a more sedentary mood, but I need to move on. I'll miss the breakfast tacos.
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    I am also thinking of relocating to Austin. I consider it preferable to the bay area, but I haven't finished my research.

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    I'd choose the Bay Area over Austin. Austin would just be like college again. I thought San Francisco was awesome, though.

    I think for somewhere like Austin, you have to be a very specific "type" of eccentric person

    I think the city has limits.
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    Austin is going through a record drought right now. It's a real bummer if growing your own vegetables and fruits without consuming your entire life matters to you. Trust me I'm speaking from experience.

    Yet PBS is free, the local culture has a rabid respect for education, and art is considered meaningful. You won't be disappointed if you love indulging in the useless there.
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