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Old 01-29-2015, 09:22 PM
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I like the beaches because of the huge waves and the ability to surf.
This seems like a good time to mention that "huge waves" don't exist in the Gulf, unless a hurricane is on the way.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:31 PM
 
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As to the anon post on my rep
I would like Houston to be better no just bigger stop the shootings and stabbings at the galleria and then we can talk some more
make montrose safe to walk once more
Stop the denial it's not working in Memphis Detroit New Orleans nor St. Louis either
Let's fix it

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Old 01-29-2015, 09:37 PM
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As to the anon post on my rep
I would like Houston to be better no just bigger stop the shootings and stabbings at the galleria and then we can talk some more
make montrose safe to walk once more
Stop the denial it's not working in Memphis Detroit nor St. Louis either
Let's fix it
I'm not the guy who left you the rep. I sign mine. Katrina is kind of history now though. Montrose is OK.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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This Houston Austin rivalry is interesting. I thought people in texas are fond of the entire state? They were very united? As an outsider, I did not have the best experience in Austin though. The people I met seemed to believe that Austin is heaven and everywhere else is hell! I found that arrogant. I actually like San Diego way better! Too bad I am not finding job opportunities there! Austin down town was pretty but the lack of beach was very unattractive. Also, the freeways in Austin looked ugly. Like they were not planned well or something! The airport was too small too but its a small city I guess!
The Houston-Austin rivalry is a relatively new phenomenon. There really wasn't much of a rivalry or any kind of mutual animosity prior to roughly the early to mid-90's between the two cities. And it has been my observation that most of the animosity is one-sided, coming mainly from Austinites towards Houston.

It (the "rivalry") all seemed to begin once Austin started getting hyped up as this big "liberal" mecca with all kinds of (supposed) "kooky" culture that other large Texas cities are supposed to lack, according to the rules of the hype. The advent and rise of SXSW as an Austin cultural icon and the expansion of the tech industry both factored heavily into the hype. At some point they decided it would be best for the city's image to somehow distance themselves from the rest of Texas.

In reality, Austin is no more "weird" or liberal than inner-loop Houston is. In fact, when I was growing up in Houston during the 70's and early 80's, Austin's brand of "weird", or bohemian culture as it were... seemed pretty tame compared to the Montrose area of inner-loop Houston. Montrose has since been heavily gentrified, but I'd say it's still on par with Austin's most liberal/Bohemian areas, which are hardly a majority of Austin as a whole. Houston just doesn't toot it's horn constantly about these things, the way Austin does.

You have to understand, a good chunk of Austin's population is made up of people who moved there from the mostly white suburban areas of Houston and DFW, mostly through attending UT and then staying on as full-time Austinites. Many of these people lived very sheltered lives as kids, and never really took the time to explore what their core cities had to offer. They just stayed safely within their suburban bubbles until it was time for college. They got to Austin and discovered all these new (to them) things, decided these things MUST only exist in Austin (within the state of Texas, that is), and stayed there.

Most actual Austin natives generally don't engage in all this anti-Houston or anti-Dallas b.s.

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Old 01-29-2015, 10:17 PM
 
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First off, I've lived in my life in: Chicago, Milwaukee, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma (briefly), Utah, Wyoming, Shreveport, and within the state of Texas Houston (roughly 30 years), San Antonio and Dallas (roughly a year each), Midland/Odessa (2+ years) and now Austin (3 years). I love Dallas and San Antonio. There are even things I like about Houston - great dinning, to me Houston has the best theater in the south, some of the best outside of New York period. I worked downtown, still keep season tickets to TUTS.

I don't blindly hate everything Houston, nor do I think that Austin is some perfect wonderland with no issues or supperior in all ways to Houston. That said, yes I do find life in Austin vastly superior to life in Houston, and there is absolutely nothing that could ever convince me to move back. Houston has awful weather, is one of the ugliest big cities I've ever been to, has horrible traffic ...

However, to act like Austin has some chip on our shoulder and blindly hate on other cities, when Houston has the biggest inferiority complex ever is very funny to me. The Dallas-hate and rivalry within Houston is so strong that it's not even funny. Everyone seems to talk crap about Dallas and look down on them, and have this complex about why Dallas has a better/higher national immage than Houston. Hell, as a kid growing up it became ingrained in me - until I actually moved to Dallas, and likewise found Dallas to be 1. also supperior to Houston and 2. not to give a crap about Houston, or any other city.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:08 PM
 
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I don't blindly hate everything Houston, nor do I think that Austin is some perfect wonderland with no issues or supperior in all ways to Houston. That said, yes I do find life in Austin vastly superior to life in Houston, and there is absolutely nothing that could ever convince me to move back. Houston has awful weather, is one of the ugliest big cities I've ever been to, has horrible traffic ...
Again with the traffic, when you live in Austin of all places. Too funny. Now, I must have missed the part where people were trying to convince you to move back. With your attitude I highly doubt anybody would want you back.

I agree the weather is horrible. It's not much different or better in Austin though. Both Houston and Austin are in the same climate zone, but Houston is slightly more humid due to it's being coastal. Austin gets slightly higher summer temps, slightly colder winter temps, and is FAR from being dry... unless there's a drought.

The whole Eastern 3/4 of Texas has awful weather. That's why I now live in the Northwest. To people up here, Houston and Austin have equally awful weather. I love it when people in any Texas city NOT named El Paso bicker about how their city has "better weather" than other Texas cities. Always good for a laugh.

Houston may not be easy on the eyes overall, but there are plenty of absolutely gorgeous neighborhoods, like Boulevard Oaks, Southampton, Museum Park, MacGregor, and much of the Heights and Montrose. Austin is pretty by Texas standards, but it's not even a fraction as pretty as many claim it is. Only the older neighborhoods near the lakes could really be considered anything special. The rest of Austin is pretty ho-hum in the looks department. North Austin is especially bland, sterile, and unappealing.

If you prefer Austin over Houston, that's fine. I doubt anyone here really cares one way or the other. Still, why are you posting about it in the Houston forum? Has it not occurred to you that perhaps you might get some flak here when you talk smack on Houston as opposed to say... oh I dunno... Talking smack on Houston in the Austin forum?

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However, to act like Austin has some chip on our shoulder and blindly hate on other cities, when Houston has the biggest inferiority complex ever is very funny to me.
How do you figure Houston has the biggest inferiority complex ever? Now that's funny. It's you guys who have your heads in the clouds and your noses in the air. More like Austin has a superority complex, and the most over-inflated opinion of itself ever. Most Houstonians are very humble and modest about where they live. If you interpret that as some kind of "inferiority complex", then you have a lot to learn about human psychology.

Inferiority complex? Good grief, what a stretch.

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The Dallas-hate and rivalry within Houston is so strong that it's not even funny. Everyone seems to talk crap about Dallas and look down on them, and have this complex about why Dallas has a better/higher national immage than Houston. Hell, as a kid growing up it became ingrained in me - until I actually moved to Dallas, and likewise found Dallas to be 1. also supperior to Houston and 2. not to give a crap about Houston, or any other city.
Good for you. I know I could personally care less about Dallas. Lived there for a couple of years, and I neither loved it nor hated it. Most Houstonians I know don't even think much about Dallas at all. If you're referencing the neverending "Houston vs Dallas" thread in the state forum, well, that's basically just the same two obsessive homers from either city keeping that thing going. Besides, this isn't about Dallas. I think you just threw that last part/paragraph in there in some kind of sad attempt to rile up Houstonians. If you hate Houston so much, then might I suggest not posting in the Houston forum? Unless of course you're just trolling.

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Old 01-30-2015, 09:03 AM
 
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Not sure when. Or else you haven't been here in awhile.
All of my in-laws live in Austin, and I go there for business as well. I also have some friends from my UT days that still live there.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:05 AM
 
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Lots of cons in Houston forgive the pun
The pro's????? Good junior colleges and vocational training in the area and an opportunity to learn a trade if u want to work and then go someplace that will pay u like Dubai
A former resident
So, you don't believe we have good restaurants, museums and performing arts?
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:09 AM
 
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This seems like a good time to mention that "huge waves" don't exist in the Gulf, unless a hurricane is on the way.
I believe he was referring to the California beaches.

The gulf is quite surfable, but the days of good surf are pretty limited. If you want to surf in Houston, it's best to wakesurf. You always have surf and the conditions are consistent.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:17 AM
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I believe he was referring to the California beaches.
Right, so I figured. Just wanted to make clear that since he's got these visions of air-conditioned garages everywhere where people can park their unicorns and Batmobiles that I let him in on the fact that the Gulf is not the Pacific.

No need to disappoint anyone.
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