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Old 01-27-2007, 04:39 PM
 
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I thought it would be informative if those familiar with Austin, would list their top 5 positives and 5 negatives about the Austin Metro area. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: N.W. Austin.
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If Austin was closer to, or by the gulf, I'd never leave....Only con I can think of. I'm a saltwater kind of guy. I won't bother with the Pros...Too many to mention and they've all been written about on this forum and elsewhere...
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Old 01-27-2007, 04:56 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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For me...

Pros
- outdoor recreation
- scenery... hills, lakes, trees
- youthful population
- weather... sorry, I like hot weather
- laid-back atmosphere... who cares what designer you wear or what you drive (i.e. Dallas)

Cons
- traffic is terrible for a city this size
- big city amenities lacking... culture/arts mostly tied to the University, no pro sports, restaurant scene is so-so
- have to fly to larger airports (Houston, Dallas) to get most flights overseas and elsewhere
- even with zoning there are still too many billboards and ugliness along some freeways... this is a problem in many TX cities though

Can't think of a 5th con right now.
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:05 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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If Austin was closer to, or by the gulf, I'd never leave....Only con I can think of. I'm a saltwater kind of guy. I won't bother with the Pros...Too many to mention and they've all been written about on this forum and elsewhere...
Good point!

If there was an Austin/Houston hybrid city (Austin's pros like hills and concern with keeping scenery combined with Houston's pros like big-city amenities), and that city was right on the Gulf (Houston's still an hour's drive to beaches)... I would never, ever leave that city!!
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:12 PM
 
Location: N.W. Austin.
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I'm still seeking that perfect opportunity in Corpus Christi. When it comes along... Greased lightning will have nothing on me!
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:49 PM
 
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I've been here a little less than a year and my biggest con is the traffic. The only other one I can think of is that housing prices are high.

There are way too many pros to list! But here are a few: people, hills, sites, restaurants, relaxed, safe, diversity, quirkiness....
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Old 01-27-2007, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I've been here a little less than a year and my biggest con is the traffic. The only other one I can think of is that housing prices are high.
Not saying your wrong, but that's all relative. For instance, coming from Houston, the traffic's not so bad. Coming from CA, the housing prices are a steal! It's all about what you're used to!
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Old 01-27-2007, 11:19 PM
 
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Pros:
- Decent weather most of the year except during the extreme heat months
- Relatively affordable housing
- Lots of tech jobs
- Great texmex restaurants
- Laid back attitude. Dressing up here is dressing down.
- Nice scenery for Texas. Lakes, river, rolling hills to the West.
- Great downtown for a city this size: lots of stuff going on, safe, doesn't shutdown at 5pm.
- Outdoor oriented city. A good % of residents are into staying fit and enjoying outdoor activities.
- Great BBQ nearby
- Alamo Drafthouse
- Whole Foods @ 5th & Lamar
- Breakfast tacos



Cons:
- Property taxes
- Poor road infrastructure: the traffic in Austin seems like it is mostly due to lack of proper government planning.
- Weather during late July-October
- Too many texmex restaurants/not enough variety & quality in other restaurant choices
- Lack of direct flights
- Lack of nice movie theaters (Alamo drafthouse is great, but why can't we have an Arclight?). Regal stinks.
- No ocean
- No mountains/no skiing
- Panhandling problem has gotten much worse here since 2000.
- More zoning in some areas would be nice. Austin isn't Houston but some areas do look like it.
- Peet's coffee closed up shop and left. :^(
- Too much hype which is impossible for Austin to live up to.
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Old 02-08-2007, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Pros:
-Friendly and outgoing people, youthful and optimistic
-Great barbecue/Tex Mex
-American Dream is possible (house, car, job)
-Safe and mostly free of tension, laid back and casual
-Lots of great bars

Cons:
-A day's drive from anywhere else worthwhile
-Terrible suburban sprawl development and clueless drivers
-Hellfire weather in the summer
-"Beautiful" Hill Country consists of ugly scrublands and drying-up lakes
-Located in Texas
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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Pros:
Scenery
Lakes
Housing prices are low
Overall cost of living is low
people
food!
people
nightlife
family life
people (did I already say that)
weather (I don't mind the 3 months in the summer)
airport (easy in and out)
No state tax (my paycheck is 10% larger!)
employment opportunities
toll roads

Cons:
I35 freeway
road system in general...always repairing
lack of ocean
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