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Old 05-01-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Texas
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[quote=Port Pitt Ash;39385292]I figured it was in trouble when a lot of people wanted to move there just because of the hype.

I still do not think it was or is hype bringing people here. It is a deliberate, dedicated greed. Building these expensive condos and houses and deliberately not caring where the middle class, working class and poor go.

Austin changes all the time. I found all the changes positive till about 2-3 years ago.
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Old 05-01-2015, 02:09 PM
 
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I figured it was in trouble when a lot of people wanted to move there just because of the hype.

I still do not think it was or is hype bringing people here. It is a deliberate, dedicated greed. Building these expensive condos and houses and deliberately not caring where the middle class, working class and poor go.

Austin changes all the time. I found all the changes positive till about 2-3 years ago.
Do you feel comfortable telling us how old you turned 2-3 years ago?
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Old 05-01-2015, 02:28 PM
 
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With over 100 people a day moving in and an infrastructure scrambling to keep up how long do you think it'll be before what makes Austin special is lost/greatly diminished?
'til August 18, 2015
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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With over 100 people a day moving in and an infrastructure scrambling to keep up how long do you think it'll be before what makes Austin special is lost/greatly diminished?


It's already there. All the outsiders have ruined it.
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:20 PM
 
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It's already there. All the outsiders have ruined it.
Preaching to the choir.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:59 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels
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I figured it was in trouble when a lot of people wanted to move there just because of the hype.

I still do not think it was or is hype bringing people here. It is a deliberate, dedicated greed. Building these expensive condos and houses and deliberately not caring where the middle class, working class and poor go.

Austin changes all the time. I found all the changes positive till about 2-3 years ago.

Yep, imagine all the fossil fuel burned driving normal people in to sweep the floors and do the chores of the upper crust.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Agreed.

I am a native midwesterner who was born and raised in Ohio (by a Texan mother and grandmother!), but who later moved to Chicago in the 90's and lived there for close to 20 years, before heading to Texas.

I love Chicago and the people have a lot of heart and spirit. They love their city, even with the horrible weather. They are very social people, and that is one of the great things about them. But, the culture there sometimes comes off as oppressive, aggressive, conformist. Pretentiousness beyond what is necessary. Unrealistic expectations. Over-bearing and uptight. Willing to accept tyranny and corruption. You are allowed to think outside the box there, but only outside specific pre-defined boxes. World-class city, but at the same time, provincial and clique-ish. Not very welcoming to people who they didnt grow up with.

I enjoyed living there; I built my career there. I was accepted there, but I always felt like an outsider and never really felt comfortable with being there permanently or starting a family there. I have been told by various people that I have more of a laid-back "West Coast" type of personality, and I think I agree with that, and that is why I choose to go to Texas...it's laid back, warm and friendly, and that is exactly who I am.

Hopefully, as people move there from colder, harsher areas, the people who do move there will learn to relax and ease up a little...my hope is that people who move to Austin dont go there with the idea of re-making it into whatever hell they came from, but instead, become Texans!

Completely agree. I grew up in Chicago with my father and step family in Austin, so before I moved down permanently, I always considered Austin my second home. There are some things I'll always love about Chicago, but I would never, ever want to turn Austin into anything even remotely resembling it. I left Chicago because Austin's culture, attitude, lifestyle, scenery, and weather is IMO superior in every way. I came in with the mind that I should acclimate to Austin rather than the other way around. It's sad that others don't have that mindset.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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I came in with the mind that I should acclimate to Austin rather than the other way around. It's sad that others don't have that mindset.
We can't get enough people like you here!
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Austin is nothing like it was when I lived here 14 years ago. I don't see any of the old Austin anywhere but that's just my opinion. I have to ask, did you guys really expect it to never change? Every place is constantly evolving. It's going to be a completely different breed 14 years from now, too. We can decide to evolve with it without constantly complaining or we can move. There's really no other choice. It will never again be what it was.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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Austin is nothing like it was when I lived here 14 years ago. I don't see any of the old Austin anywhere but that's just my opinion. I have to ask, did you guys really expect it to never change? Every place is constantly evolving. It's going to be a completely different breed 14 years from now, too. We can decide to evolve with it without constantly complaining or we can move. There's really no other choice. It will never again be what it was.
I don't think people expected it to remain frozen in time, but the pace at which it has become a city the size of Dallas has been unsettling to some of us who remember it as a town half that size.

Austinites have had to deal with more change, at a faster rate, than residents of any other city in the U.S. over the past 20 years.
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