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Old 07-13-2016, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The reason they say that is because from a statistical standpoint, Austin is the most socioeconomically segregated city in the nation.
That isn't a statistical standpoint. It's a political standpoint.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:25 AM
 
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I looked at an apartment in the Crestview area and liked thinking about how different the area must've been when a freight train ran through it and not a MetroRail.
Oh, the freight train still runs through there. Just later at night now.

I'm a block or so from the line, and it's not bad, but it's definitely something to be aware of if any buys there (especially those that directly back up to the rail).
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:42 AM
 
Location: home
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The OP has some harsh criticism, and has received some back. He has a point though. Austin needs to look in the mirror every once in a while.


Does central Austin need to look ticky-tacky like the suburbs? No.


Can central Austin do SOMETHING to improve? Yes!


Plant trees, tighten up on the code enforcement. Tell the light-industrial zoned properties (and some peoples' houses) that they have no excuse to look like effin junk-yards when they aren't.


Mow the freakin' medians every once in a while. And when the city spends a $100,000 to landscape a spot - don't let it languish, and have it revert into an overgrown garbage-strewn mess. Mow it! mulch it, clean it up. remove the tree stakes. It's disgraceful.


There is nothing "weird" about parts of Austin looking like Flint, Michigan.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Austin
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"Fugly" is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Are we like the emperor with no clothes on? Can we not see Austin for what it is? How can 150 people a day be moving in for this?
It's looking like this because 150 people a day keep moving here - and have been for decades. That's what happens with "boom" towns.

The quaint towns up north and European cities & villages have had centuries more to spruce up their areas. Not to mention the lack of rapid growth Austin has experienced.

Plus Austin city planners have sucked for decades.
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Old 07-13-2016, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Just go to Google Images and type in "San Francisco wires". Here's one example of many:


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Old 07-13-2016, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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That isn't a statistical standpoint. It's a political standpoint.
Just because statistics have political implications doesn't mean they are opinions. At least they're an attempt to introduce more objectivity rather than throwing around anecdotes and logical fallacies.

Last edited by Westerner92; 07-13-2016 at 12:23 PM..
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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Welcome to Austin, enjoy our architecture, cool summers, world class museums and mediterranean cuisine.




Was never, ever, uttered by anyone.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Warrior Country
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The OP has some harsh criticism, and has received some back. He has a point though. Austin needs to look in the mirror every once in a while.


Does central Austin need to look ticky-tacky like the suburbs? No.


Can central Austin do SOMETHING to improve? Yes!


Plant trees, tighten up on the code enforcement. Tell the light-industrial zoned properties (and some peoples' houses) that they have no excuse to look like effin junk-yards when they aren't.


Mow the freakin' medians every once in a while. And when the city spends a $100,000 to landscape a spot - don't let it languish, and have it revert into an overgrown garbage-strewn mess. Mow it! mulch it, clean it up. remove the tree stakes. It's disgraceful.


There is nothing "weird" about parts of Austin looking like Flint, Michigan.
Exactly!

City of Austin doesn't need to aspire to be the Woodlands....or have all neighborhoods resemble Steiner.

But this isn't a black & white topic. Neighborhoods & highways don't have to look junky with un-mowed medians (the few we have) and random junk yards. Four foot weeds aren't "wildflowers" (I bet Lady Bird would agree.)

It doesn't happen often, but I 100% agree with the OP and Sojourner.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Warrior Country
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welcome to austin, enjoy our architecture, cool summers, world class museums and mediterranean cuisine.




Was never, ever, uttered by anyone.
Ha!
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