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Old 07-10-2007, 10:00 AM
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So, I walked down 2nd street, just west of congress, looking for an art/toy store, Gomi.

Awesome place, cool art, shirts and toys.

Anyhow - I was DUMBFOUNDED by how amazingly hip/tendy that little stretch of 2nd street is. That block easily rivals any of the trendiest blocks in NYC(SoHo) or SF(North beach or haight) with tons of cool little boutique style shops.

Now, the prices match the cool level (a 585 dollar mens shirt, for instance) but hey, window shopping is always free.

I think I prefer congress, 1st st and lamar shops... a little more elbow room, and much lower prices, but I'm glad to see 2nd street as an ubercool microcosm of austin's ever more cosmo evolution.

Check it out if you're in the area... awesome stuff.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:33 PM
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I like the little pasta/risotto place on the corner. It's veryyy self consciously trendy and 'hip' kind of neighborhood. My favorite street/area in austin is burnet from 45th to Anderson...always get whiplash looking from side to side!
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Old 07-11-2007, 04:48 PM
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Ah a little bit of Dallas in Austin. Great.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:37 PM
Location: Austin
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I have to say that I'm happy that high density, vertical mixed use development is coming to downtown Austin and that we are slowly becoming a "real" city, but I would much rather see downtown as a dense array of Austin diversity and homegrown slacker weirdness than uber-hip and expensive trendiness.
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