The University of Texas at Austin
  • Keeping Austin weird, and No. 1

    Published: June 3, 2010

    With more than 90 research units and annual research funding of more than $500 million, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public institutions in the nation, and here in Austin, residents try to keep it weird.

    Combining the university’s intellectual capital and the eclectic vibe of the city, Austin ranks among the top places in the nation to live and do business.

    In its latest ratings, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Austin No. 1 in its “10 Best Cities for the Next Decade.” It cited venture-capital funds, the abundance of business associations, incubators, educational opportunities and networking events as vital factors in the city’s optimistic outlook.

    Austin also has been touted the No. 2 most innovative city by Forbes magazine in its “America’s Most Innovative Cities” ranking. Forbes pointed out Austin’s impressive number of patents, and even cited the Cockrell School of Engineering as one of the city’s “secret weapons in the innovation race.”

    With these accolades, we’re proud to call Austin home.

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      Paris said on May 9, 2011 at 7:49 a.m.
      I must add that Austin is a must destination for those who choose to spend their vacation in US. The city is amazing, and if you happen to get there in time for South by Southwest (SXSW) festival you'll see how colorful that city can be. Media moguls, reporters, artists, celebrities, agents, record execs, distributors share the same space. Everyone that is and will ever be has probably played at this festival.
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      justagamergirl said on Sept. 10, 2010 at 1:36 a.m.
      I have not been to Austin yet, but it seems like a great place to live. To the above the article says keeping Austin weird. It is being praised for being a good city. Texas is a state with no income tax, so it would make sense that the anti-tax crowd would have praise for the city.
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      Mars Bonfire said on June 18, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.
      I'm with Anytown USA... "That's the biggest problem facing Austin. Dumb Growth. The Anti-Tax / Anti-Government Crowd. Which comes from being surrounded by a 900 mile 'cultural wasteland'. This is spot-on. And Chad... since Austinites in general are not willing to tolerate bigotry in trade for 'bidniss', please do boycott us. "This ain't the same town it houston be." -Unknown
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      Greg said on June 16, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.
      Austin is the best city in Texas! Sadly it has experienced rapid growth which has diminished the quality of life some for those who have been here a while, especially small business being replaced with corporate options like Starbucks in place of Quackenbush's and traffic, but this is evolution. People will continue to come to Austin or return to Austin as long as the quality of life remains better than other options, which is assured for the time being. All of Texas is growing and Austin is the location of choice so its growth will be accelerated.
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      David Fozdar said on June 15, 2010 at 10:37 p.m.
      I don't understand some of the complaining here. Yes, the city is growing very quickly, and things are changing, but that's because people want to live here. If Austin sucked, nobody would come. There's a reason why the population in a small town is small, i.e., because nobody wants to live there. That's just the way things are. Where there are jobs, things to do, people naturally flock to. The same reason why people immigrate to our great country (like my Father). So when exactly was the heyday of Austin, the 60s?, 70s?, 80s?, 90s? Those people are all grown up, so the culture has changed and evolved. I say we need to quit trying to be hippies, quit trying to preserve Austin's utopian past, quit expecting things to always be perfect, and evolve, knowing that change is happening that there is nothing we can do about it. At least this is my opinion. I love Austin, but I have come to terms that things are changing and I will do my part to make my city better. David, Ph.D. (UT)
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      Guillermo said on June 13, 2010 at 8:46 p.m.
      Austin is a fantastic place, I lived there for 15 years, the University in my opinion the heart of the town - having worked in industry with peers from other institutions which are perceived of equal or higher quality - the education you can get at UT leaves nothing to be desired. Mix that combination with high tech industry, the live music, south by south west, and lets not forget hippie hollow, a place where any newly arriving graduate student should visit and get some "rays", and you have a great city. It was flip flops and shorts when I arrived in Austin, when I left it was still flip flops and short - living now in the northeast (and loving it) I can see how some one can make that comment; however, my experiences in Austin were one of a highly educated (one of the most read cities in the nation) hippie. G
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      Neal Burns said on June 12, 2010 at 8:06 a.m.
      And it is -- as the French say -- that 'terroir' that's the reason 'What starts here changes the world". Hook 'em
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      AnytownUSA said on June 9, 2010 at 5:51 p.m.
      "This city will never stop growing." That's the biggest problem facing Austin. Dumb Growth. The Anti-Tax / Anti-Government Crowd. Which comes from being surrounded by a 900 mile 'cultural wasteland'. And I say that as someone born and raised in Texas.
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      MANUEL said on June 9, 2010 at 5:19 p.m.
      Consciousness (ConCiencia) has a nice sense of Humor and always gives birth to nothing less than its very best. Austin is not a city it is an evolutionary dream which has and does change the world. Everything that is occurring even in the most powerful secret places within (UT,GreenBelt,Artists,SXSW,etc) takes any conscious person to a multi-universal place. Amazing that such a dream exists Now. Your home at any now you choose, Our fantasy realized as we compute beyond quantum reality. A dance concert between traffic lights and you love it! Gods, Hippies, Artistic engineering, True-LOVE... This city/you will lead the world beyond Light speed! I am very happy to have fallen in love here, and so humbled to have share this existence with you, for this and more.. GRA!! CIAS!!!
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      Laura Havlick said on June 9, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.
      If you really love something, you want to protect it. Touting Austin as one of the best places to live, etc. - by ourselves even - ultimately undermines the quality of the environment when all those companies and transplants come running. Why boast about how "great" we are? So we can feel good temporarily, but then have to explain to our children how it used to be - before all the highways, traffic, ozone days, climbing murder rate, high-rise condominiums, MacMansions and expensive development along the lakes...... Where are your eyes to see and your heart to feel?
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      Deana said on June 7, 2010 at 1:43 p.m.
      Being from Austin, I am saddened to see too many people, but at the same time, I still love it here, the trails, the hill country nearby. I just hope that because everyone knows about Austin and how great it is, that that won't necessarily mean they have to move here. Too crowded is too crowded and will surely start to spoil our wonderful natural resources if we are not careful.
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      Jeff said on June 7, 2010 at 10:52 a.m.
      Now if they can just do something about the high crime rate....
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      Chad said on June 5, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.
      "Mix all these elements in what many call a classless society, where hippie communalism coexists with no-nonsense capitalism"...I thought this excerpt from the Kiplinger article accurately reflects the national reputation of Austin..."classless society" and "hippie communalism". Furthermore, with the recent nosensical boycott of Arizona by Austonians, perhaps the rest of the State of Texas and country will initiate a rightful boycott of Austin.
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      Alex said on June 4, 2010 at 3:40 p.m.
      What an achievement! So proud to call Austin home!
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      brad said on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 p.m.
      Austin rightfully deserves to be high on these two lists. It's an incredible place. People moan about the good ol' days of Austin. They are gone forever. This city will never stop growing.
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