Dallas's city politicians are bringing the city down, however, I disagree with the comment that it "is dangerous within the loop"! As with ANY large older city there will be a pocket or2 of the city that are best not visited at ANY time of the day or night unless you have a group of people with you! It's always best to do your research of the city itself by checking police reports, real estate reports, news paper accounts, historical accounts, and not base it on hearsay! Once it becomes similar to gossip it leaves you open for participating in slanderous comments!
I grew up in the city of Dallas, my mother was an executive secretary for the City of Dallas & my father ran his own business in the western sector of downtown Dallas across the Trinity river known as Oak Cliff. Even though we lived in northeast Dallas I attended a private high school in Oak Cliff and could even walk several miles to my father's business in my school uniform without fear. I lived in Austin during my college years & swore I'd return as an adult, but I never did because the cost of living was too high in our state capitol for the average person. There are 3 classes of residents in Austin: the very poor, the very rich, and the politicians! Oh yes, & the college student making that 4 classes! The newer incoming residents were attracted by technology like Dell Corporation that is not even based in Austin proper but north of Austin!
As far as Houston is concerned, I have many relatives in, around, & just outside of Houston. I would classify Houston as about the same as Dallas. Your native Texans are the friendliest bunch of people. The unfriendlies come from either the "nouveau riche" or newly transplanted in Austin, Houston, and Dallas. I would not classify Austin as friendly unless you're frequenting the trendier places or 6th St. in downtown Austin! As for down-to-earth daily living...friendly is not the word for Austin. The collegians are friendly, the native Texans are friendly, the politicians at election time are friendly ...AND that's it!Elisabeth
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