Friday, April 01, 2011

Austin, Tex., keeping it weird

IACP member and The Washington Post Food Editor, Joe Yonan, shares some of his favorite spots in Austin, Texas, a city known for its quirky, independent spirit.  

This weirdness is directly tied to the city’s two major employers, the University of Texas and the state government.  According to Red Wassenich, 60, the Austin Community College professor who ten years ago coined the phrase Keep Austin Weird, “You've got underpaid, highly educated people, and that makes for a breeding ground for weirdos."

Weirdness requires cheapness: The kind of folks who can produce the city's unique culture - all the live music, the oddball art - need to be able to afford to live there. "Now we have the highest cost of living in Texas," he says. "Most weirdos don't have a lot of money."

Austin’s cost of living may be high, but Joe’s article shows that it’s still possible to have a lot of fun there without breaking your budget.

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