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post #16 of 35
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Traffic is much better than Houston or Dallas.

As for Houston, I live very close to inner loop/near Galleria Westheimer, have had a work route passing through Galleria-area 610/59, and have done the dreaded I-10 rush hour drive on many occasions. With the exception of when serious construction occurs, they pale in comparison to the traffic I've dealt with every time I've driven down Austin's stretch of 35, this not counting the really narrow, short, and dangerous on-ramp approaches. Traffic isn't too horrible otherwise, but 35 in Austin is hands down the worst I've driven through in the state.
post #17 of 35
Yes, you can get a pretty baller loft for 1k near campus. But you can be like me and get a two-story loft that's completely ballin' out of control for the same price if you choose to live farther out. Living near campus is a good idea if you want to get involved in the social scene there, though. If you choose to live outside of the campus area, only consider Far West or the Arboretum area. Do not live on Riverside. Shoot me a PM if you got any other specific questions.
post #18 of 35
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Originally Posted by aybojs
As for Houston, I live very close to inner loop/near Galleria Westheimer, have had a work route passing through Galleria-area 610/59, and have done the dreaded I-10 rush hour drive on many occasions. With the exception of when serious construction occurs, they pale in comparison to the traffic I've dealt with every time I've driven down Austin's stretch of 35, this not counting the really narrow, short, and dangerous on-ramp approaches. Traffic isn't too horrible otherwise, but 35 in Austin is hands down the worst I've driven through in the state.
Yes, it's insane. It is congested from 5am to 11pm. Mopac is the insider's highway, rarely any congestion, which I usually drive on. This is also the reason why you do not want to live on Riverside as it is stuck in the worst part of I-35 traffic.
post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
It's the most liberal city in Texas, and really the only tolerable one. Austin bills itself as the live music capital of the world. Lots of indie rock shows, decent hip hop and electronic scenes. Night life is not as good as in Dallas or Houston, but they are much bigger cities. If you consider quality of night life per capita then Austin is definitely the best in Texas. Cost of living is fairly low. Weather gets pretty hot.

I graduated UT last December. I had an enjoyable time and I think I much prefer the broad diversity of classes offered by a large university (second largest in the nation).

Overall, I think there are only a handful of other cities in America that I'd rather live in: San Francisco, Seattle and NY. The cost of living in those cities are much higher though.
Having lived in Austin and Dallas along with a few other Texas cities, I'd have the opposite view. Austin is the least tolerable. Night life in Dallas is better as you point out although what kind of metric is "quality of night life per capita??" The cost of living is significantly lower in Dallas. Dallas traffic is not as bad as Austin traffic. Dallas has some really good restaurants and Austin is severely lacking in that department. Austin is also a tailored clothing wasteland whereas Dallas has Korshak among other respectable retailers. As for the live music in Austin, an awful lot of those acts are playing small venues in Austin because they're not good enough to play anywhere better.

That said, the list of places that are worse than Austin is quite long.
post #20 of 35
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Originally Posted by aybojs
As for Houston, I live very close to inner loop/near Galleria Westheimer, have had a work route passing through Galleria-area 610/59, and have done the dreaded I-10 rush hour drive on many occasions. With the exception of when serious construction occurs, they pale in comparison to the traffic I've dealt with every time I've driven down Austin's stretch of 35, this not counting the really narrow, short, and dangerous on-ramp approaches. Traffic isn't too horrible otherwise, but 35 in Austin is hands down the worst I've driven through in the state.

I hear that! I come in on 35. I'm at a standstill and I'm looking around going, what is the deal?! it's eastcoast bad, but i'm in Texas for crying out loud!
post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by Violinist
I do look forward though to never having to wear a fucking winter coat for 2 years, that is if I go there.

Those Blue Northers Texas gets at least a few times each winter--viciously cold Canadian air barreling down the plains--will convince you otherwise.
post #22 of 35
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Having lived in Austin and Dallas along with a few other Texas cities, I'd have the opposite view. Austin is the least tolerable. Night life in Dallas is better as you point out although what kind of metric is "quality of night life per capita??" The cost of living is significantly lower in Dallas. Dallas traffic is not as bad as Austin traffic. Dallas has some really good restaurants and Austin is severely lacking in that department. Austin is also a tailored clothing wasteland whereas Dallas has Korshak among other respectable retailers. As for the live music in Austin, an awful lot of those acts are playing small venues in Austin because they're not good enough to play anywhere better.

That said, the list of places that are worse than Austin is quite long.

You mean people still wear tailored clothing in TX?

Austin has just as many good specialty stores as Dallas, especially considering the per-capita difference.

I-35 reminds me of 10 or 405 in LA.

Austin also has some pretty good restaurants that aren't as expensive as the ones in Dallas. If that's how you define good food.

Nevertheless, Dallas or Austin could be worse. They could be San Antonio...
post #23 of 35
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
Those Blue Northers Texas gets at least a few times each winter--viciously cold Canadian air barreling down the plains--will convince you otherwise.

seriously?







this ruins a lot things... I was also thinking, I'll finally be able to wear nice shoes again, because I won't have to worry about constant rain, snow and ice. I know that won't be a problem.
post #24 of 35
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Originally Posted by Violinist
seriously?







this ruins a lot things... I was also thinking, I'll finally be able to wear nice shoes again, because I won't have to worry about constant rain, snow and ice. I know that won't be a problem.

I'm sure my Houston bias is creeping in, but it rains like hell here in Texas. There's a loud thunderstorm going on outside as we speak. You won't have to worry about constant flooding like we do, but every time I've been to Austin for a weekend or more it's rained at least once per trip.
post #25 of 35
Hardly ever rains here. Can't believe all the flooding in Houston when it's only 200 miles away...
post #26 of 35
Thread Starter 
jesus I wonder... is there a place on earth where the weather is usually fairly comfortable, there ISN'T precipitation on an old testament scale weekly?

I thought austin could be great... dry heat etc...
post #27 of 35
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Originally Posted by Violinist
seriously?

this ruins a lot things... I was also thinking, I'll finally be able to wear nice shoes again, because I won't have to worry about constant rain, snow and ice. I know that won't be a problem.

Seriously cold at times in the winter, yes. Rain, snow and ice--not so much of a concern. So wear those snazzy shoes with impunity.
post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
Seriously cold at times in the winter, yes. Rain, snow and ice--not so much of a concern. So wear those snazzy shoes with impunity.

how cold are we talking?
post #29 of 35
It's not really that cold. I've lived four years here without anything more than a sportcoat. I've also only used my umbrella four times last year. The heat is not dry, it's pretty wet.
post #30 of 35
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
It's not really that cold. I've lived four years here without anything more than a sportcoat. I've also only used my umbrella four times last year. The heat is not dry, it's pretty wet.

Like, balls sticking to side of leg humid or just, wear a polo humid?
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