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Old 02-20-2007, 01:20 AM
 
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i've heard there's a ton of homeless in austin. is this true? also, any gangs? ...how many months does the humidity last? thanks
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Old 02-20-2007, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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That is a variety of questions .

Regarding homeless - yes, Austin has quite a few homeless people. There is hardly a highway intersection during rush hour that doesn't have one or more panhandlers (which are usually, although not always, homeless). The 'conventional wisdom' is that the weather is relatively mild and the citizens are relatively tolerant. In college, they use to say they were all the liberal arts graduates . I don't know how many homeless are in, say, Houston or Dallas, though, and I don't think there is some huge difference in homeless population in one place or the other.

Gangs are very rare and very inoccuous, for the most part. Yes, I suppose there are a few at any given time, but they come and go and rarely make the news (so you assume they are not a serious problem). It is nothing like LA.

Humidity last from about Jan 1st through Dec 31st . Actually, the humidity and temperature kind of run parallel. The weather is usually much more pleasant from October through about April or May (depending on your comfort zone). June through September are usually hot and can be very humid.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Being originally from DC - and living in Seattle a long time - I would say from my perspective, Austin has less homeless than the other areas.

Again, though - it's all about what you are used to.
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:45 AM
 
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i've heard there's a ton of homeless in austin. is this true?
The Austin panhandler problem has gotten much, much worse since I originally moved to Austin in the late 90s. A few years ago the city council considered an ordinance to ban panhandling at intersections for safety reasons, but they didn't approve it. Unfortunately, the panhandling has gotten even worse since that time.

Unlike in San Francisco or LA, in Austin you don't see too many homeless people sleeping on the streets, and most of the panhandling seems to happen at major intersections instead of along the streets of downtown.
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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I just visited Austin this weekend and there are FAR less homeless people there than in most cities. I did see this one homeless lady that had a sign "im not an actress but I play one on TV". Totally fits in with all that is Austin.
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:42 PM
 
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I just visited Austin this weekend and there are FAR less homeless people there than in most cities. I did see this one homeless lady that had a sign "im not an actress but I play one on TV". Totally fits in with all that is Austin.
Sorry, but I'll have to disagree with you on that one. I've lived all over the place, and I travel all the time for work, and I would say Austin has a much worse panhandling problem at stoplights than most other cities I visit. Austin definitely doesn't have the visible homeless population (like SF & Los Angeles) along the downtown streets but non-aggressive panhandling at major intersections throughout the city is becoming a serious issue here.
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I would say Austin has a much worse panhandling problem at stoplights than most other cities I visit.
I have to agree with AustinGuy. Although some of the panhandlers in Austin are definately more creative than most. Like the guy I always see on Parmer with the busted out teeth and smart-ass smile. My favorite sign of his is "Wife and kids murdered by ninja's. Need money for Karate lessons."
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Old 02-20-2007, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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Well since I was only there 2 days it is very hard to get a good look at all the interections, etc. But as far as a downtown goes, it has a very small population. Check out Orlando, FL sometime or even Savannah GA and see ho many people are there.....sad.

I did see 4 homeless people at 71 and 290, but they were holding Albertsons signs so I thought they might be actually working.
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