Austin vs Houston vs Dallas

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    Apr 02, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidSo, I won't repeat all that has been said about Austin. I love my home, but I do with it were a little more metropolitan/cosmopolitan. The flip side it I love the character of the city and the people who live here. It is a constantly shifting city and is growing rapidly.

    the gay scene needs some work. It is very bar oriented and as a fellow aspiring DJ, the lack of club influence bothers me. There are tons of gays, but I have no idea where they all go or how to meet new ones ourside of the limited bar scene. I assume this will change as downtown grows.

    It is a very young city. I think the average age is 29. The people here are generally in really good shape. There is tons to do, especially outdoors. and people are friendly and wake up almost ever morning loving their city.

    when I think of mocing to a larger city, I consider the things I would be missing if I left Austin.

    Before I moved to Austin in 2000, I swore I'd never end up in Texas. All of these laters, I really do consider Austin to be 'home'. Yes, my current hometown of Houston is more cosmopolitan, but it really has more of an east-coast, big-city feeling. I just hope that Austin never gets as big as Houston. Several years ago, there was an article in Discover that talked about the conversion rate of agricultural or natural spaces to urban uses, and Austin was at the top of that list -- above even Las Vegas.
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    Apr 02, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    ruck_us said[quote][cite]DJBens77 said[/cite]So, I won't repeat all that has been said about Austin. I love my home, but I do with it were a little more metropolitan/cosmopolitan. The flip side it I love the character of the city and the people who live here. It is a constantly shifting city and is growing rapidly.

    the gay scene needs some work. It is very bar oriented and as a fellow aspiring DJ, the lack of club influence bothers me. There are tons of gays, but I have no idea where they all go or how to meet new ones ourside of the limited bar scene. I assume this will change as downtown grows.

    It is a very young city. I think the average age is 29. The people here are generally in really good shape. There is tons to do, especially outdoors. and people are friendly and wake up almost ever morning loving their city.

    when I think of mocing to a larger city, I consider the things I would be missing if I left Austin.

    Before I moved to Austin in 2000, I swore I'd never end up in Texas. All of these years later, I really do consider Austin to be 'home'. Yes, my current hometown of Houston is more cosmopolitan, but it really has more of an east-coast, big-city feeling. I just hope that Austin never gets as big as Houston. Several years ago, there was an article in Discover that talked about the conversion rate of agricultural or natural spaces to urban uses, and Austin was at the top of that list -- above even Las Vegas.[/quote]
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    Apr 02, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    A local Austin bar has a saying "Don't move here.".

    It is selfish, but that is my advice. We have to many people
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    Apr 02, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    Rugger said:

    "Dallas is fake fake fake in every way imaginable. This comes from (and further results in) having no identity whatsoever as a city.

    I didn't have the balls to say it, thanks for speaking truth to power. I've always hated Dallas because of all that pretense and condescension...
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    Apr 02, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    I really like Austin. I'm a Chicago-to-Dallas transplant who now goes to school in San Antonio, and take every opportunity imagineable to drive the hour or so it takes to get there.

    It's progressive, liberal, has a huge gay scene, and HOT guys. My parents live in Dallas, and while I admit the straight men there seem to be hotter, the gay men at the clubs when I went out were anything but - and, really stuck up!

    I've never been to Houston, but I hear great things about it. For me though, it's too large, too smoggy, and has too much of a southern US culture.

    I go to school in San Antonio now and can't stand it. It's like the uncle you're embarrassed of at Thanksgiving. Horrible!

    Dallas seems to have a reputation in Texas for being "pretentious", and honestly I never got it until I came to live in San Antonio and go back to visit. People in Dallas generally are good looking, in shape, and like to shop, eat, and be seen at trendy places. I don't think it's fair to label it like that though - just because you see a lot of nice cars doesn't make it pretentious. Maybe those people just like nice things?

    Although I love Austin, I just think Dallas offers the best amenities and real big city vibe that I'm looking for.