well if you want to be in a huge punk scene Austin is it, plus there's lots of crusty punks and train hopping traveling punks that go though Austin every year. like me,great punk rock festivals at emo's, every body is in a band, wednesday throw sunday 6th street it packed, 5 out of a week partying ,its pretty much a collage town/music town/ for whites/ if you don't mind living in a white cool world Austin is for you.. but their are more cooler blacks in Houston and more alternative blacks in Houston as well and more jobs and reasonable rent, not a lot of jobs in Austin. it sound weird to say it but i bet after the whole afro punk film came out there mite be more black punks in Houston and plus the other flavorer of the new Orleans people, Houston the 4 largest city in the U.S.A.and plus you can all ways go to shows in Austin only 3 hour away
I've been in Austin for 20 years. I may have had cool people in the 90's, but the city has sold itself so much that all the "weird" is surface. People I work with still marvel at guaged ears or pierced lips.
Don't get me wrong, it's MUCH better than the rest of Texas, but if a place is really "weird" then why does it need a slogan like "Keep Austin Weird"? There's no "Keep San Francisco Gay" slogan!
Austin is weird in comparison to the rest of Texas. If you come here you will find people trying to pay high rent from their low-paying jobs, Wal-Marts and gentrification just like everywhere else.
Your best bet is to hook up with a good crew of friends. If you can find that then Austin can be pretty cool.
Austin is okay, I mean compared to the rest of Texas it's an oasis but it's small, really, really small and can become boring fairly quickly. There is a lot of music but to me it's pretty homogenous and the venues around here are kind of sad even compared to a Hell-hole like Dallas. Oh and its really hard to get a job if you don't have friends already working at the place. I don't want to be too negative though, it's a relaxed place, clean, lots of woods to explore, artsy (sort of), a couple of good schools, lots of friendly people and its very safe. I just don't think it's a place to really grow in,it's just a nice place to settle before moving to a 'real' city (pref outside of Texas).
Oh and dirty 6th is awful. Drunks, stupid drunks, drunk whores, drunks in costume, drunks on a pole, drunks in a window....terrible place. East 6th is much more chill and "integrated". Oh and speaking of, yeah you have to get a magnifying glass to find minorities here. We are very, very outnumbered lol