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Old 12-17-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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Default We don't want to be another Austin.

And then one day you wake up to a nightmare.

Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle : NPR
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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Columbia was, thankfully, blessed with a more centralized location than Austin, which put it at what would become the intersection of 3 interstate highways. Austin, neat as it is, just wasn't planned out to handle the kind of growth that would happen.

I lived in Austin 10-11 years ago. Traffic was bad enough back then, and it seems like every time I go back to visit, it just gets worse. What the article doesn't even mention is that in addition to the bottleneck that is I-35, there are NO east-west routes across Austin that don't carry you either through downtown or a busy stop-and-go commercial area.

Columbia's got it all over Austin in the quality of its road system. And it's not even close.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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I wouldn't say no to an 85 mph speed limit on 20, though.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Columbia is blessed with wide roads in town and 3 interstate highways. We could accommodate a lot of growth with the highways we have, other than malfunction junction.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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Catchy thread title. Has there been other Austin similarity references before?
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:08 AM
 
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Catchy thread title. Has there been other Austin similarity references before?
I think people like to make comparisons between Columbia and Austin. At minimum, people like to talk about Columbia transforming into a city like Austin.

I think the comparisons are unfair, but I think these are some of the similarities people like to touch on:
  • Capital City
  • College Town (young, educated, lively)
  • "More" Liberal part of the state (possibly?)
  • River
That's all I got.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:16 AM
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I think people like to make comparisons between Columbia and Austin. At minimum, people like to talk about Columbia transforming into a city like Austin.

I think the comparisons are unfair, but I think these are some of the similarities people like to touch on:

  • Capital City
  • College Town (young, educated, lively)
  • "More" Liberal part of the state (possibly?)
  • River
That's all I got.
sounds much like the reasons we compared Columbia to Madison WI (our previous residence) when we relocated here, except plug in "between 2 lakes" instead of 'river' lol.

Seriously, i know Austin is regarded highly for it's music scene; while Cola has a local presence with clubs and performers not sure it's near the range that Austin has. just an opinion of course.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:41 PM
 
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"music scene" is pretty lame reason to prefer one city to another, in my view. Austin's "music scene" is probably a bunch of bands most people don't even like that much
I don't want to sound arrogant, but apparently, Austin has a world renowned live music scene.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:45 PM
 
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sounds much like the reasons we compared Columbia to Madison WI (our previous residence) when we relocated here, except plug in "between 2 lakes" instead of 'river' lol.

Seriously, i know Austin is regarded highly for it's music scene; while Cola has a local presence with clubs and performers not sure it's near the range that Austin has. just an opinion of course.
I've never been to Madison, but I would think that would be a better comparison. I've always got the impression that Austin was like a large Asheville. I did spend the holidays in Des Moines and that is a great city. It's sad when a Midwest city has more greenways than a southern one.
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:15 PM
 
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I've never been to Madison, but I would think that would be a better comparison. I've always got the impression that Austin was like a large Asheville. I did spend the holidays in Des Moines and that is a great city. It's sad when a Midwest city has more greenways than a southern one.
I would agree that a comparison to Madison is better than Austin. I just really do not get the Austin comparison, as I do not see Columbia as being anything like it. Madison, albeit much more liberal than Columbia, seems to be at least more in the ball park.
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