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View the documentDiscussion -- Austin
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A discussion thread has dealt with life in Austin, TX. It's a college town, with definite advantages over larger cities. (And corresponding disadvantages, of course.) The trees are green, the air clear, and the weather pleasant. People are very friendly on the surface, quick to shake hands and to chat with strangers. (Some visitors enjoy the pleasantries, others consider them insincere and at times treacherous.) There are a lot of good ol' boys in pickup trucks, and some of the frat boys like to shoot cats on the street. Drivers are pretty good, except for the few that run bicyclists off the roads. Racial predjudice and ultra-conservative politics are sometimes evident. The stores offer a generous selection of beef, with other meats considered exotic, although that may vary with the part of town you're in. Student population is about 100,000, or up to 1/8 of the adult population. Housing is available, and the public schools are very good. One person said that Easterners tended to love Austin, but people from the West Coast hated it.

On the other hand, David M. Geary (dmg@ssc-vax.uucp) implied that people in Seattle are rude, offensive, and apathetic. Clerks throw your change on the counter without a word. Drivers are abusive. Maybe the West isn't so great. Or maybe it's just cities. Or the recession. [, 8/28.]