I ran into the following blog – “Austin, Texas: Not Weird, Just Mediocre” and was really, really hurt. Could it be true that my beloved Austin is not as great as I believe it is? Her points are:
Public Transportation Sucks – yes
Fashion – ???
Cost of Living is High – this is relative. I do agree that it is much more expensive than it used to be and it has always been more expensive than Dallas / Houston. At least that’s what has been my experience when I spoke with my friends in those places.
Live Music is not all that it is advertised – her specific issue was that there is a lot of live music and most of it is not “great”.
Weather – yes, it’s hot here in Austin / Texas. Surprise!!!
But we have many positive things going for it – the prove is in the number of people who are moving to it. Have been for some time and seems like they will continue to do so for the near future.
But the reason I started this article was not to criticize the author or her article, it was more for me to reflect on my own views – which were in such stark contrast to her’s. And I think I realize why my views are in such contrast.
- I came to Austin because I was going to go to school here (UT)
- After School I was lucky enough to find a career in Software
- At the next stage of my life, once I was married (here in Austin) and we had our daughter’s (here in Austin) – I realized that without really thinking or trying Austin had become a part of me and in my own way I had become a part of her
I guess my point is, unlike the author of the article (or many other’s like her) – I didn’t really move to Austin. I never really compared (or had to compare) Austin to another place and decide if I wanted to stay here or move somewhere else. Is Austin the best place to live? To me that is not really a question. To me Austin is simply the most awesome place to be and be a part of. But the reasons why it is awesome to me are not the same as they are for the next person. Are there things wrong with it or things that could be better if they were different. Sure. For started – traffic – it sucks.