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Old 01-01-2009, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Looking for some balanced opinions on Austin. Job market, city, people, good neighborhoods, cost of living, nightlife, diversity? I am 22 and graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in Communications and Political Science, I also speak Spanish fluently. Any opinions are appreciated, thanks!
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Hi Gary,
Since you are in Seattle, I thought you might be interested in the following threads:
A Seattle to Austin question
Austin vibe vs. Seattle vibe - compare, contrast
Seattle To Austin

I'll let others weigh in with the pros and cons. Good luck with your decision!
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:45 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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Pros (Of City of Austin)
Affordable
Educated Population
Friendly
Good Tex Mex and BBQ
Live Music Scene
Weird Can Be Fun
Short, Mild Winter
City is generally tolorant

Cons (Some of these may apply to Texas vs. Austin itself... but Austin IS in Texas)
Hot, oppressive summers
No Pro Sports
Terrible Public Transportation and never ending rush hour and construction
Bad pizza, bagels and Chinese food
Very conservative/Christian (When you leave the city)
Poor local radio/news media
Not many places outside city for recreation within 1-2 hour drive
The city's infatuation with itself (And peoples tendency to overrate it)

Last edited by mlassoff; 01-01-2009 at 11:48 PM.. Reason: grammar
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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radio is awesome in Austin .... 90.5 case in point unless you want commercial junk
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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"Not many places outside city for recreation within 1-2 hour drive"

ok, this one I don't get? The entire Hill Country and Highland chain of lakes is with a 2 hour drive, as are numerous state parks, not to mention the city of San Antonio (tourist paradise) and the city of Houston! Which is full of big city fun -- pro sports, great museums, fabulous ethnic and high end dining. I live in south central Austin and can be in SA in one hour 10 minutes and in Houston in 2 hours 20 minutes.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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"Not many places outside city for recreation within 1-2 hour drive"

ok, this one I don't get? The entire Hill Country and Highland chain of lakes is with a 2 hour drive, as are numerous state parks, not to mention the city of San Antonio (tourist paradise) and the city of Houston! Which is full of big city fun -- pro sports, great museums, fabulous ethnic and high end dining. I live in south central Austin and can be in SA in one hour 10 minutes and in Houston in 2 hours 20 minutes.
Yeah, I was wondering about this one, myself. What do you define as "recreation" if you can't find many places within a 1 to 2 hour drive?
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Yeah, I had to disagree with the radio and recreation one too. Waco has a better zoo and it's under 2 hours away. Innerspace Caverns in Georgetown is under an hour. Many lakes (boating, skiing, other water sports) are either under an hour up to 2 hours away. Two major cities about 2 hours away with everything a big city usually has. New Braunfels is about an hour or so away. There's good radio here too.
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Cons (Some of these may apply to Texas vs. Austin itself... but Austin IS in Texas)
Hot, oppressive summers: True
No Pro Sports: A disadvantage to some, but not me.
Terrible Public Transportation and never ending rush hour and construction: It's bad, but maybe not as bad as Seattle (the traffic, that is. Public transit is pretty pitiful.)
Bad pizza, bagels and Chinese food: Bad bagels, some decent pizza (East Side Pies), great Chinese (Asia Cafe, First Chinese BBQ, Din Ho)
Very conservative/Christian (When you leave the city): True
Poor local radio/news media: 90.5 and KGSR are usually pretty good
Not many places outside city for recreation within 1-2 hour drive: Relatively true, if you are from a beautiful place like Seattle or a dense place like the urban Northeast.
The city's infatuation with itself (And peoples tendency to overrate it): I see your point, but civic pride is a good thing.

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Old 01-02-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Cons(Of City of Austin)

The city's infatuation with itself (And peoples tendency to overrate it)
The OP lives in Seattle right now, this is something he is surely used to
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Old 01-02-2009, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Very conservative/Christian (When you leave the city): True

To clarify: SOME very conservative/Christian, but a whole lot that aren't. I say this as someone who has not only traveled outside the city, but has lived in the country in varying areas of the state. Mostly, I hear this from people who either are passing on stereotypes they've heard from someone else, or who like to be confrontational and then call people too conservative or religious when actually the said people are just annoyed by someone being confrontational.

Not many places outside city for recreation within 1-2 hour drive: Relatively true, if you are from a beautiful place like Seattle or a dense place like the urban Northeast.

Once again, PLEASE clarify this. Given all the things available to do within a 2 hour drive of Austin, I'm trying to figure out exactly what it is that is not available that is the problem. (Oh, and I lived in Seattle, albeit briefly.)
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