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Old 07-07-2009, 02:31 AM
 
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Default South Austin vs North Austin - which is cooler?

It seems as though most young people either live in and around campus, downtown, or in south Austin. The north and west sides seem to be more mature and family oriented with less young people (twenties to thirties). Do you find this to be true?

In fact, most of my friends actually live in south Austin - what is it about south Austin that's so cool and why does it seem like a disporportionate number of young people choose south Austin over other parts of the city?
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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North Austin is slightly cooler, maybe 1 to 2 degrees, probably due to the hillier terrain...

I would say that demographic assessment is incorrect, but dunno. I lived up in north Austin when I was younger and there was a huge young crowd up there. The south Austin area has gotten more expensive, and there are more and more 'older' people/families there. While it is still considered 'hip' and 'cool', the hipster crowd that lives there is somewhat older.....30 something, probably, or older. What is young, btw?

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Old 07-07-2009, 07:07 AM
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Here's an old article from 2001 that sums up what used to be the difference between North and South Austin but I think those lines have been blurred in the last 10 years.

Features: South Austin Secede!: The Roots of South-of-the-River Bubbadom - The Austin Chronicle
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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It's too difficult to make a broad statement about the differences between "North Austin" and "South Austin". The neighborhoods and areas vary greatly within each of them. Both are cool in my opinion.

Also, UT is not in South Austin, so there are a TON of young people in what could be considered North Austin (North of the river) or Central Austin.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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Plenty of young people in North Austin. That is where the high-tech corridor is, after all.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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first off, south Austin (and SE Austin for that matter) are more hilly than north austin, but that's minor. Affrordability is the key issue here. Also, more "outdoorsy" opportunities are abundant in S. Austin. South Austin is less established than north austin, and has a newer feel to it.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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what could be considered North Austin (North of the river)
so you can be south of downtown, and still be in "north Austin"?

Why do some folks in north Austin try to claim that entire side of the river? That's like saying everything north of the Trinity River is North Dallas.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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Maybe because its the obvious landmark that runs near the center of the city?
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Maybe because its the obvious landmark that runs near the center of the city?
were you the one that voted "north of town lake"?

North Austin
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Honestly posts like this are just to get people all fired up. What side is cooler is a lame question. Its like asking what is beautiful? What you think is beautiful or fun may not be to someone else. I think a better question maybe why do you like South over North Austin?
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