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Old 11-27-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Looks like even people in the great city of New York acknowledge how awesome Austin is.

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THE city’s unofficial motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” blares from bumper stickers on BMWs and jalopies alike, on T-shirts worn by joggers along Lady Bird Lake and in the windows of independently owned shops and restaurants. It’s an exhortation for a city that clings to eccentricity, even in the face of rapid development — downtown Austin, for one, is being transformed with a fleet of high-rise condos and a W Hotel, scheduled to open late next year. But this funky college town, known for its liberal leanings and rich music scene, has little to worry about — at least as long as its openhearted citizens, with their colorful bungalows and tattoos, do their part to keep the city endearingly odd. As one local put it: “As long as Austinites keep decorating their bodies and cars, we’re going to be fine.”
Read the article at: 36 Hours in Austin, Tex. - NYTimes.com

Stay weird Austin.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Austin
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But they reiterate the same thing over and over again.....misleading people into thinking the entire metro is like that, while the vast majority is as suburban looking as any sunbelt metro.

If anything NYC would be the weird capital of the world. Just one walk down manhattan will overwhelm you with far more "weird" people than a year in Austin. Also, there is a negligible ethnic diversity in Austin, while NYC has been the melting pot of the nation for several hundred years.

Sounds like the typical PR fluff you see in any major newspapers' travel section. My Chicago Tribune did a similar fluff piece last march during SXSW.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: 78747
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...and of the 23 destinations mentioned in the article, 19 were south of the river and the other 4 were on the southern end of downtown.. Maybe they should have gone further north to visit the Senator Bob Bullock Museum, then hit up the nearby Luby's afterwards....

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Old 11-27-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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I thought it was a decent and accurate article about taking a vacation here. I'm waiting for THL to jump in with the "Keep Austin Weird" being co-opted rant.
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Austin
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...and of the 23 destinations mentioned in the article, 19 were south of the river and the other 4 were on the southern end of downtown.. Maybe they should have gone further north to visit the Senator Bob Bullock Museum, then hit up the nearby Luby's afterwards....
I mentioned once that I thought Guadalupe was the most authentic "weird" area, as it has been around the longest, was never even close to gentrified, and has many businesses that have been around for decades, along with the fact that no one mentions it in any travel pieces like the above
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:11 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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I think it's a decent article, though it treats a journey to Austin somewhat as a "disney-esque" vacation. I don't think anyone needs to don western-wear to enjoy Austin. I think the "keep Austin weird" was laddled on too thick. I don't have one of those bumper stickers or shirts, do you?

Nonetheless, I think the reader of a vacation recommendation article is in search of an escape and so I think the article, in that context, rightly points out some of the available activities. I also like how it provides an actual sample itinerary of things to do, or checklist of thinks to see, though I agree that the list is incomplete and focuses on South Austin. The Bob Bullock History museum would be a "must do" on my list and I always recommend it to clients.

But I did feel somewhat like I was reading a characterization of Austin that was a bit cartoonish.

Steve
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I actually think that "Keep Austin Weird' was treated a bit more legitimately in this piece than I usually see on this board, and, yes, it was a decent article, albeit not perfect or comprehensive by any means (but what newspaper article could be?).

I do have a "Keep Austin Weird" bumper sticker around here somewhere, but it's one of the original, free, non-trademarked ones from the original batch Red made up on his own dime.

Bob Bullock didn't ever hold the position of Senator, I don't believe, by the way.
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Old 11-28-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: 78747
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I know he was a VP candidate with George Bush Sr. the second go around (I think). My comment about him and Luby's was dripping with sarcasm. I spent about 5 minutes in the place before contemplating the taking of my own life out of sheer boredom. I should have been more direct in my previous post, sarcasm does not translate well in the written word.. . I go to the capitol or on the campus if my grandparents are in town, and I can't expose them to anything strenuous or too exciting lest they have a heart-attack...

anyone here from Aggieland? It's just like the George Bush Library in College Station (take a pillow with you).
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I think you are thinking of Lloyd Bentsen, and he was the democratic VP candidate against Bush Sr. / Quayle. The democratic presidential candidate that year is scarcely worth mentioning.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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I know he was a VP candidate with George Bush Sr. the second go around (I think). My comment about him and Luby's was dripping with sarcasm. I spent about 5 minutes in the place before contemplating the taking of my own life out of sheer boredom. I should have been more direct in my previous post, sarcasm does not translate well in the written word.. . I go to the capitol or on the campus if my grandparents are in town, and I can't expose them to anything strenuous or too exciting lest they have a heart-attack...

anyone here from Aggieland? It's just like the George Bush Library in College Station (take a pillow with you).
Really? We went to the Bob Bullock a few months back for the Galveston exhibit and found it fascinating. I guess to each his own. Have never been to Luby's though.

BTW, he was Texas Lieutenant Governor from 1991–1999.
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