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Liked: Social services, lots of dive spots to the point you can live off trash, legal panhandling, decriminalized weed, easy to get around, lots of stuff to do, things are almost always open
Disliked: NOISE to the point it drives you batshit (horns, ambulances and police sirens) , dirty as fuck (when I was on the street, I would wash my hair 2 days in a row and the water would be black both times), huge tourist swarm, lots of closet republicans, lots of pigs, mostly uniform streets with no alleys, hipsters, bourgeoisie gentrification, almost all punk historical sites have been destroyed, cold dry winters and wet hot summers, nearly no green outside of parks
Good to visit, sucks to live here for an extended time. I may be really jaded because of how restless this city has made me. Living on a main road next to a hospital has really worn me down.
Good point on cops that I forgot to mention. They're everywhere here. And it's super noisy as well but is nice and quiet post-covid
Living next to a hospital is annoying, all I hear is sirens, regardless of covid. Everywhere else is nice though, I've been able to jaywalk a street I've NEVER been able to jaywalk before
Liked: Infinite activities, fast pace, good infrastructure, no need for a car ever, relatively safe, photogenic
Disliked: Loud, brusque, expensive, dirty, tourists and transplants, not always progressive
I'm very biased, having lived here for over two decades. I'm under no delusion that this place is magical, but I think there is a lot more good than bad here. New York has outgrown its reputation as the bankrupt burning city in the 70s and has become the safest big city in the U.S. The trade-off is that a lot of grit that was originally here has disappeared, but it still exists if you know where to look.
Liked: The abundance of bars, musical events, and warm climate, friendly young people
Disliked: Sprawling, lack of good public transit
America's fastest growing city for several years in a row. I had a great time in Austin. Tons of super friendly young people, constant events, especially music related - I heard genres and sounds that I didn't even know existed! The only issue is that if you venture beyond downtown and the college area, you might have a hard time getting around without a car. Luckily, there are abundant Lime scooters, which are very fun to ride. I'm sure in the summer it gets hot as balls, and with a rising population of transplants, people seem like they may become less friendly over time. Plus, I'm sure the rent has increased as well. Give it a shot if you like to party, want to play music and be surrounded by musicians, and enjoy warm/hot places. In 5-10 years, the place will either be a megalopolis or ruined.
Liked: Great place to find work and save money for your next leg of travel.
Disliked: Gentrification is wrecking the city, there's twice as many skyscrapers as there were just a few years ago and shit is getting expensive.
I want to write my own review here just because while I do think Austin is worth visiting, it has a lot of similarities with Portland, Oregon and that's both good and bad.

It's bad because while I've had a good time here in Austin, one of the reasons for that was because it was much like what Portland, Oregon was 10-15 years ago. Now that the 'secret is out' so to speak, there's just too many people, too much automobile traffic, and rent has skyrocketed. There's practically no where to rent except shady landlords and high rise shoebox condos, and there doesn't seem to be any end to that in sight.

This happened to Portland a while ago and ever since it's just not been as great of a city. I can definitely see Austin going the same direction, so I encourage people to come check it out while it's still 'cool', because it's probably not going to last. Give it another 10 years and it'll probably be a slightly nicer Houston.

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