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View Poll Results: Austin vs Kansas City
Austin 163 52.75%
Kansas City 146 47.25%
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:25 PM
 
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Austin officially is the 27th MLS franchise.
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:39 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Who cares? They are two 100% completely independent cities and metro areas.

Why do people constantly try group Austin and San Antonio into one metro area?

Why not just make it the Austin-San Antonio-Houston metro area? Maybe throw in DFW too. Where does it end?
Probably because they are pretty physically close to each other and both are now booming so they're growing into each other. If there was a decent commuter rail transit between the two, then it'd almost certainly become part of the same metro at least on the CSA level though that's still probably a decade or four away.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Probably because they are pretty physically close to each other and both are now booming so they're growing into each other. If there was a decent commuter rail transit between the two, then it'd almost certainly become part of the same metro at least on the CSA level though that's still probably a decade or four away.
Yup! Believe it or not, I know several people that I work with that live in SA and work here in Austin. Even more that live in SA MSA and work in Austin. Although, it doesn't seem there are as many Austinites that commute to SA for work.

It is attractive because housing in SA is much cheaper and salaries are generally higher in Austn. I could only imagine the growth and inter-commute if there were a commuter rail between the two.
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:55 PM
 
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Austin is growing at such a fast pace KC just can't compete.
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Old 01-30-2019, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Austin is growing at such a fast pace KC just can't compete.
Should it?
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Old 01-30-2019, 08:44 PM
 
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[quote=MarketStEl;54300894]Should it?[/QUOT It wants to but can't.
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Old 01-30-2019, 08:46 PM
 
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The Kansas City Star is full of articles comparing KC to Austin.
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:05 AM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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Austin is growing at such a fast pace KC just can't compete.
Is that a bad thing?

Kansas City is doing pretty well with domestic population growth. It’s a city in the Midwest that more Americans are moving to than leaving. It’s a manageable rate of growth that gives policy makers time to make informed decisions on things like infrastructure, etc.

I don’t get the obsession with the fake premise of explosive growth = better city. Unmanageable growth creates its own sets of problems, you know.
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Is that a bad thing?

Kansas City is doing pretty well with domestic population growth. Itís a city in the Midwest that more Americans are moving to than leaving. Itís a manageable rate of growth that gives policy makers time to make informed decisions on things like infrastructure, etc.

I donít get the obsession with the fake premise of explosive growth = better city. Unmanageable growth creates its own sets of problems, you know.


This is exactly what I meant when I asked the question, "Should it?"

Kansas City has been growing steadily if unspectacularly for several decades now. That has enabled the people who live there to enjoy a high quality of life at a reasonable cost of living in a city filled with many amenities other cities would kill for. (And a nightlife scene that's not half bad now, even if Austin's music scene far outpaces it.)

And they don't spend an eternity sitting in traffic to enjoy all this.

Seems to me like it's the "Goldilocks" option: not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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This is exactly what I meant when I asked the question, "Should it?"

Kansas City has been growing steadily if unspectacularly for several decades now. That has enabled the people who live there to enjoy a high quality of life at a reasonable cost of living in a city filled with many amenities other cities would kill for. (And a nightlife scene that's not half bad now, even if Austin's music scene far outpaces it.)

And they don't spend an eternity sitting in traffic to enjoy all this.

Seems to me like it's the "Goldilocks" option: not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
You have said it perfectly. This is the main reason I miss KC. In almost every way, it's just about right. It's not perfect, it's not terrible, but for the most part, it's pretty good and that equals are solid quality of life.

KC has an incredible amount of amenities that cities like Austin can't match no matter how many new towers they build.

Austin is just okay to me. I like watching the city change and grow and it's been fun watching the city build a skyline overnight, but the city just does very little for me. KC just feels more like a legit and established big city. Austin to me is just an over-sized college town with terrible traffic and some nice riverfront parks.
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