Austin Very Unfriendly and Unjust


 Karen Pawson
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Star Rating 2/23/2010
Stereotypes are often incorrect. When people hear I am from NYC, they say, "ooh- a lot of crime happens there" and "people there are unfriendly." According to the 2009 City Crime Rate Rankings, more crime happens in Austin than other cities while in NYC, there is less crime than the national average. People here in Austin are very unfriendly. It is rare that people will ask you about your life or be interested/friendly unless they want something from you (or they are trying to sell you something). The management of the first apartment complex I lived in is trying to extort money from me for rent that I've already paid. Tenants are not protected here in Texas like in other states. If I want to maintain my excellent credit, I have to pay to bring THEM to court even though my rent checks cleared several months ago and I followed the lease exactly. Burglars knocked down the front door of my friend's home about a month ago while I was in it! And the police officer who got back to me said it is "low priority" compared to rapes and murders. I don't have a problem with the summer heat like most do but air conditioners are high everywhere and utility costs are very high. Teachers' salaries barely reach above 40k, even if you have a Master's Degree and over ten years of experience. Substitute teaching pays $9 an hour, as do most part-time jobs, and work is hard to find. Everyone says "the market is saturated with teachers" and there has been a teacher hiring freeze because of the economy. Unless you work in technology and your job is secure, you will probably find this city to be expensive, overrated and snobby. I have met some very racist and sexist individuals as well. The parks are nice though.
 

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Franki R.

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"too cool for school", would definitely sum up my observation of what so many people i know, in Austin, seem to think of themselves. the natives, who've never lived anywhere else(at least, outside of the state of Texas), are like small-minded, settlers everywhere. it's like a tiny Texas "L.A." where everyone loves the smell of their own farts (referring to a 'South Park' episode). it is my least favorite city, in the U.S.
 

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Brittany R.

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You are correct that stereotypes are incorrect, but I still beg to differ on some things you have said. It's not that people in NYC are unfriendly, it's that it is so fast paced that most people there do not take time to stop, breath, look around, and smile and say hello to the people walking past them. It's a different life style than Austin, or most of TX. However, IMHO because so many people from the north have moved to TX, it has changed what TX stood for. There are a lot of rude people, and they are not from here! I think you have a biased exaggeration in the area dealing with crime and your apartment. The teachers salaries vary depending on district. Do your research, TX has some of the highest paying teacher salaries. Most first year teachers start between $40 and $46 with a bachelors. BTW where in Austin did you live? Every PART of the city differs.
 

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Austin C.

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Good points Karen, especially about the unfriendly part and "It is rare that people will ask you about your life or be interested/friendly unless they want something from you." I've been here for over 10 years and I certainly miss the comraderie and friendliness of the people from the East. Each time I travel to California (Orange County, San Francisco) it's like turning on a light switch, people are genuinely friendly and want to get to know you. And I'm talking about California! Anyway, the vibe in Austin is definitely bizarre.
 

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Karen P.

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Brittany- I HAVE done the research. Starting salary is not the problem- you don't raise much higher if you have 1 year, 10 years 30 years experience or have a masters degree or not. Its not like the east coast where degree, experience and intellectualism has a greater value. Which might account for Texas' low high school graduation rate. And Austin 1st year teachers are definitely not making $46K. The salary is better in Westlake Hills- which is NOT Austin- and don't get me started with the people around there. NOT very nice people AT ALL as a culture, but I have met some very nice people who moved there from California. My experience with newbies in Austin is that they are generally more travelled and nicer than others. The rudeness I experience is with lots of natives. If you want to better Austin society in any way or try to talk about the problems, natives will often say, "go back to where you came from." Austinites are resistant to change and not at all friendly to transplants.
 

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Laura V.

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I agree! I've lived here 2 years, giving it a fair chance. I was born in TX, lived in Colorado for a few years (where everyone was SO friendly and happy), and came back and settled in Austin. I've never met more snobby, rude people in my life. My child has had the worst time, coming from an environment where everyone was friends with everyone else, only to find in Austin that even the kids are ultimate snobs and unbelievably cruel. The longer we stay (due to husband's job only), the more I can't believe a town so talked about as great is so disappointingly unfriendly. Natives and transplants alike pick up the "hip, cool, we are better than everyone else" vibe...VERY disappointed!
 

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