DPatel304 wrote:I'm quite shocked. About a year or so ago, I was convinced that development in Austin was nearing its peak and that DFW will emerge as the true Texas powerhouse.
I do still think that 'tipping point' will occur, but I underestimated how much steam Austin would have left in its local economy.
I45Tex wrote:Keep chanting it man. Its (and every place’s) boosters act like momentary high percentage growth is going to lead to taking over the world, but it always turns out to be the low hanging fruit that gets harder to grab in a mature metro economy — those are built not for the population trend of the moment, but to better weather the obsolescence of the trend.
tamtagon wrote:I45Tex wrote:Keep chanting it man. Its (and every place’s) boosters act like momentary high percentage growth is going to lead to taking over the world, but it always turns out to be the low hanging fruit that gets harder to grab in a mature metro economy — those are built not for the population trend of the moment, but to better weather the obsolescence of the trend.
Is my math correct here: the North Texas GDP increase so far this century has been a little more than 25% greater than the total Austin GDP? Or, another way to say it, so far this century North Texas has added Portland and Austin has added OKCity. I love that Austin is flourishing, but I hate that Austin might be losing what makes it special.
Matt777 wrote:Losing? It's already lost. Everything about today's Austin culture is so contrived. It feels manufactured. There's no denying the massive hype around it, especially among millennials, but as a millennial I feel it represents the worst of our generation.... "If it ain't instagrammable, it ain't worth it." Not to mention the quick and merciless gentrification that the millennials will fight elsewhere but didn't make a peep about in their precious Austin.
Not to mention the insane smugness that immediately consumes every person who moves there.
Any Austinite will criticize Dallas' culture and say that Austin is more authentic, but I find that to be false. Anyone that does not fit the new wealthy, millennial, hippie on the weekends only, instagram life mold is not welcome in Austin. Dallas may have it's problems, but there's a place for everyone here and nobody is going to tell you who you have to be. Sure we have historical segregation problems, but at least South Dallas hasn't been completely emptied out and sold to the highest bidder. Yet, at least.
ContriveDallasite wrote:Pretty soon it will become just like Dallas or Houston with a nice river and a large urban University campus.
Tivo_Kenevil wrote:tamtagon wrote:Among it's peers, Dallas is unusual in the absence of a large university in/near the downtown area.
Seattle doesn't have one. They're doing just fine. Dallas will be okay.
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