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Old 10-12-2015, 10:57 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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Hey guys, apologies if this is a much-hashed topic, but I was back in Austin last week for 5 days, after being away for 20 years (I'm a UT grad). I could not believe the growth, the littered roads, the crowds and the traffic nightmare in my once fave city in America!!!! The building/development seems to be completely out of control and the traffic, well, I feel like I spent five days stuck in traffic! I heard someone say prices of everything have also skyrocketed but i have not looked in to this.

I guess I missed the news articles about Austin being the next Hollywood or Silicon Valley!!!????
I was at one point considering retiring in Austin, but I'm not so sure now. If I never have to drive I-35 again that'll be too soon!!!

Please tell me I am wrong and it was just ACL crowds/traffic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I was not there for ACL, I was in town for work conference)
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:07 AM
 
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What you experienced is the way it is now. ACL would have increased traffic around downtown, but even without a festival, traffic gridlock is the norm, littered roadsides are the norm, and everything you mentioned. A lot of people my age are no longer planning to retire here. It may still be a desirable city for young people, because jobs and bars are available. There's still a lot of natural beauty especially on the west side, but the trails through the greenbelts are often trashed out by people who don't really care about the city.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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My god. My god.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:16 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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I've been here for 25 years, the Austin you remember from the 1990s is long gone. The cheap rents and low cost of living are gone, the ease of moving about the city are gone!

It isn't all bad, Austin was a very insular place for decades and decades. The quality and variety of restaurants is much improved now. Downtown is vibrant instead of a ghost town. People are still pretty friendly but many things are fraying. Austin now has the highest housing market in Texas, add in high property taxes and it doesn't work as a retirement destination for many.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:22 AM
 
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Ya know, I truly think Austin has always had great restaurants, even in the 90s. Most of my beloved eateries from the 90s are still there rockin it. I'm sure there are many more great restaurants now, but what I am saying is that even in the 90s Austin was already ahead of the curve with great great food!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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Hey guys, apologies if this is a much-hashed topic, but I was back in Austin last week for 5 days, after being away for 20 years (I'm a UT grad). I could not believe the growth, the littered roads, the crowds and the traffic nightmare in my once fave city in America!!!! The building/development seems to be completely out of control and the traffic, well, I feel like I spent five days stuck in traffic! I heard someone say prices of everything have also skyrocketed but i have not looked in to this.

I guess I missed the news articles about Austin being the next Hollywood or Silicon Valley!!!????
I was at one point considering retiring in Austin, but I'm not so sure now. If I never have to drive I-35 again that'll be too soon!!!

Please tell me I am wrong and it was just ACL crowds/traffic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I was not there for ACL, I was in town for work conference)
Sadly my friend the news is even worse than you suspect.

20 years you say?

Think about how much better looking, vibrant and less expensive you were 20 years ago.

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Old 10-12-2015, 11:39 AM
 
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I could not believe the growth,
Austin's growth has slowed down, and is slower than it was 20 years ago. Austin's population increased 41% from 90-2000. We're below that trend now.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:50 AM
 
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Austin's growth has slowed down, and is slower than it was 20 years ago. Austin's population increased 41% from 90-2000. We're below that trend now.
Get outta here with your facts and stuff.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:52 PM
 
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I'm thinking about relocating, and Austin is on my short list, although, now that I think about it, the last time I was there was 1991. Back then, it seemed like a nice, laid back place (although it was still in Texas). So now it has been ruined by all the transplants? Too many people, too much traffic, more expensive?
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:56 PM
 
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Too many people, too much traffic, more expensive?
Compared to where?
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