Austin Texas - the new IT town?

  • Aleco_Graves

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    Oct 31, 2014 12:12 AM GMT
    Watching shows that are centred around pop culture or make fun of it - eg the simpsons - ive noticed quite a few of them discussing Austin and how its so "fresh and hip" and so "authentic" as well as "underrated". Usually they somehow pull in some reference to hipsters and how theyre always in search for the next original not to popular thing to ruin and how theres an influx of them in Austin. Just finished watching Jon Stewart and he confirmed these statements. He stated that the Austin borders are being flooded.

    I dont even live on the same continent but i'm curious as to why? Why are people flooding into Austin and what makes it so "authentic"
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    Oct 31, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    Aren't hipsters from Seattle?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 31, 2014 12:48 AM GMT

    They really don't know what they are getting into because the truth of the matter is that Austin is horribly overrated and it is nothing but hideous, suburban sprawl around a state capitol/state government complex. It is an extremely unfriendly, cold hearted place and it is overpriced as well. It is architecturally ugly and it has third world urban infrastructure. Nothing hip or cool about this arrogant, sprawled out mess of a town. A place where going to a pawnshop is considered high end shopping. A place where billboards, overhead power lines, strip plazas are considered things of architectural and aesthetic beauty. A town where you say a friendly hello to someone either in the mall or on the street and they turn their head, put their nose in the air and ignore you. Austin is not an IT town, it is a shit town with miserable, nasty people known as Austinites. The worst state capital city in the US located next to a series of scrub covered mole hills dubbed the Texas hill country. The nightlife both gay and straight is mediocre to fucking lousy and like everything else, horrendously overpriced. A warning to all hipsters and the cool crowd, all this positive, wonderful talk about Austin is all hyperbole. This shitty, miserable town on I-35 between San Antonio and Waco is best avoided.
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    Oct 31, 2014 1:43 AM GMT
    Big strapping cowboys; what's not to like?
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    Oct 31, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    i read the "it" as I.T.
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    Oct 31, 2014 1:53 AM GMT
    leafgreen saidi read the "it" as I.T.

    Same here until I read your post.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 31, 2014 1:54 AM GMT
    I'm not surprised in the least. Austin has a great reputation all the way around.... progressive (in a state full of right wingers), open, accepting, has a great gay reputation.

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 31, 2014 1:57 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    roadbikeRob said
    They really don't know what they are getting into because the truth of the matter is that Austin is horribly overrated and it is nothing but hideous, suburban sprawl around a state capitol/state government complex. It is an extremely unfriendly, cold hearted place and it is overpriced as well. It is architecturally ugly and it has third world urban infrastructure. Nothing hip or cool about this arrogant, sprawled out mess of a town. A place where going to a pawnshop is considered high end shopping. A place where billboards, overhead power lines, strip plazas are considered things of architectural and aesthetic beauty. A town where you say a friendly hello to someone either in the mall or on the street and they turn their head, put their nose in the air and ignore you. Austin is not an IT town, it is a shit town with miserable, nasty people known as Austinites. The worst state capital city in the US located next to a series of scrub covered mole hills dubbed the Texas hill country. The nightlife both gay and straight is mediocre to fucking lousy and like everything else, horrendously overpriced. A warning to all hipsters and the cool crowd, all this positive, wonderful talk about Austin is all hyperbole. This shitty, miserable town on I-35 between San Antonio and Waco is best avoided.


    I've not had that experience at all in Austin. Also, there's the wonderful Salt Lick BBQ just outside of town. How can you NOT like that!
    Its not American, its Texan and its third world as far as I am concerned. I don't care for BBQ. I don't understand how you can love an architecturally ugly, horribly unfriendly, suburban style, shit town like Austin. I lived in that horrible place for ten years and it sucked big time.
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    Oct 31, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
    I have only heard good things about Austin.
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    Oct 31, 2014 3:26 AM GMT
    Austin, Charlotte, and Portland are (were?) supposed to be the "youth magnet" towns. If Portland gets legalized pot next week, foregetaboutit. icon_rolleyes.gif

    BTW: The characters names in The Simpsons come from street names in Portland. And when I was a little brat, one year on my birthday, I was actually on the Krusty Rusty the Clown Show.
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    Oct 31, 2014 3:47 AM GMT
    Don't listen to Roadrage Rob. He's from a desolate hell hole known as Buffalo. While industries and people are fleeing Buffalo, Austin is experiencing quite the opposite.

    Austin is an ultra liberal bastion in an other wise conservative region. It has a very young, professional population and is growing fast.

    What Roadrage Rob is saying is extremely off the mark. Take whatever that lard ass says with a grain of salt. Though not too close to Rob, he might eat it....icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 31, 2014 3:49 AM GMT
    __morphic__ said
    leafgreen saidi read the "it" as I.T.

    Same here until I read your post.


    Me too. And I'm an I.T. guy. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 31, 2014 3:58 AM GMT
    AUSTIN >
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    Oct 31, 2014 4:03 AM GMT
    Heard the traffic sucks though ;). Seems like lot of the companies are moving from Cali area to Texas though, and engineers hitting up Austin. I might have to look into it if I decide to switch companies, there doesn't seem to be many good software companies in Dallas.
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    Oct 31, 2014 5:24 AM GMT
    Austin has been experiencing exponential growth for the past 5 - 7 years. That's mostly due to the tech companies setting up shop there. They have a "Silicon Hills" where all the major computer and tech companies are headquartered.

    Plus, factor in the creative/arts/music/food culture, lower cost of living, and progressive beliefs(compared to the rest of Texas).. it really is a happening place to be.

    There are some drawbacks. Housing prices are starting to increase. But if you're coming from a city/state that has a high cost of living, then Austin is still a bargain in comparison. Traffic is horrible. Unfortunately, the infrastructure couldn't/can't keep up with the growth. Public transportation is a joke. More sprawl than LA. The further you're away from downtown, the more spread out things are. You have to make some effort to go out for food/entertainment/errands.

    Anyways, I think Austin is beyond the hip and authentic phase. Maybe in the late 90s and early 2000s. But now, it's just another option for those looking for a change of scenery.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 01, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    willular saidI have only heard good things about Austin.
    You are just hearing hyperbole and propaganda about Austin. The town sucks big time.
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    Nov 01, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    xrichx saidprogressive beliefs



    HndsmKansan said progressive (in a state full of right wingers),


    Its one unattractive quality.




    HndsmKansan saidopen, accepting,

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    Just like the rest of Texas.
    Whereicon_question.gifTexans are openly hostile to most outsiders. That is one miserable, hellhole state which is best avoided.