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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/22/2013 5:10:05 PM
User Rank Staff
NYC
I think I'll give my precious New York a shout out here. Perhaps it won't make it to the final list, but we're doing some great things with IT, including rolling out interactive touch-screen kiosks in subway stations to help people with their commutes (more on that this week). We're doing a good job with open data as well.

bulk
bulk  
4/22/2013 4:48:19 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Hot spots
That is very true Mary, its shocking how much a simple lunch can cost in NYC. When I lived in the North East I would head to NYC a lot and would offten be shocked just how much it can cost to eat there. Same thing when I have been to SF, and most other major cities. Though for cost of food no one tops Tokyo you can go bust just trying to get a quick lunch there. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/22/2013 2:43:04 PM
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Re: Hot spots
Indeed, bulk, cost of everyday living is a huge factor anywhere. NYC and San Francisco are enormously costly places to live in. I can't see how young families afford it unless they are very well off.

Even when I am in NYC I find that when I spend what I normally would on lunch and snacks, I quickly go broke.

bulk
bulk  
4/22/2013 2:29:22 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Hot spots
Mary,  

Something else I think Austin has going for it is cost of living over other high tech areas. My friends who live there often talk about the reaction people who relocate from either NYC or San Fran have at how much more affordable city life is in Austin. That can be a big draw, more so for a young family. I know that is part of what brought me from the north east to Cleveland. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/22/2013 2:19:54 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Hot spots
I have heard the same comments, bulk. Indeed, Austin, seemed to get this reputation for being "not like the rest of Texas" long ago -- I'd say as long as 20 year back. That doesn't say a lot about the perception some folk have of this state, does it? Perhaps that too needs to be re-examined.

Nonetheless, Austin continues to enjoy a great reputation for urban quality of life. That's an example not just for other cities in the state of Texas, but for cities throughout the US and the rest of the world.

bulk
bulk  
4/22/2013 10:55:33 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Hot spots
After college I had more than a few friends take jobs in Austin and they all fell in love with the city for all the reasons you mention. Granted all my friends are tech people and enjoy the large tech community there, but they all say the city has so much to offer and is very cutting edge with a lot of things. I dont think Texas would be my cup of tea, but Austin might just be an exception

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