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View Poll Results: Austin - Overrated or Underrated?
Austin is overrated 51 70.83%
Austin is underrated 7 9.72%
Austin is just right... 14 19.44%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 72. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-27-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I'm curious to find out what you all think of Austin. I lived there in the early 90's and have been back quite a few times since then. I feel that Austin has become more "watered down" in recent years and doesn't seem to be as unique as it used to be. Sure, it has some great qualities, but many people swear by Austin and believe it is the "it" town now, when I thought it was the "it" town back then. So, Austin...yeah or nay?

 
Old 11-27-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Both.

I'm an outsider who's just started visiting a few eyars back. But I can see where all the charm and kooky little joints that made Austin special are beginning to be overshadowed by growth. I love Austin due to its modern feel and all of the little things, like Shady Grove, funny business signs, and Barton Springs being right next to downtown. I wish I could have saw it back in the 70s though. But to people who can appreciate the little quirks and the fact that it's essentially an overgrown college town with a skyline, Austin is amazing. For those looking to compare it to Dallas/NYC/LA or whatever...it's a total letdown, but then again it's not supposed to be like those cities anyway and I feel that those people are sort of missing the point. Austin is just a fun, youthful city with its own feel and shouldn't be viewed as much more than that.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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The media and people who live there overrate it ,but its a pretty cool city to me.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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I say both too. It's overrated because of the hype and things like that, but it really is nice because, like telecaster said, it has a unique, modern feel and it's just fun. Don't go comparing to every big,major city because it's not going to work. It's just what it is.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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I voted just right. I don't want to say Austin is underrated because it gets a lot of hype. But I don't want to say Austin is overrated because it's a nice city and deserves the hype.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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^Exactly it is so complicated!
 
Old 11-27-2009, 03:02 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I spent 3 days in Austin about 4 years ago while traveling from Houston to Dallas. My usual haunt is the Northeast (NY, Philly, DC) with some time in Florida and Southern California. I came to Austin to see what all the hype was about and spent all my time exploring the city and suburbs. I found Austin to be one of the most nothing places I have ever seen with absolutly nothing to recomend it. It is a typical state capital back water, no better than Sacramento, Albany, Harrisburg, Trenton or Tallahasse.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I'd have to say overrated.

Austin's a nice city and all but I can't help cringe every time I hear it hyped as the new "san francisco" for the liberals to flock to.

The city is liberal but nowhere near as liberal as SF, the surrounding areas are solid red and Texas is and always will be a conservative state.
 
Old 11-27-2009, 03:29 PM
 
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I'd have to say overrated.

Austin's a nice city and all but I can't help cringe every time I hear it hyped as the new "san francisco" for the liberals to flock to.

The city is liberal but nowhere near as liberal as SF, the surrounding areas are solid red and Texas is and always will be a conservative state.
Don't be so sure
 
Old 11-27-2009, 03:31 PM
 
Location: St Louis
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I spent a weekend here over the summer and it felt like a flavor of the month city. A rather boring city with a good marketing scheme.
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