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2013-12-17 08:39:33 AM  
But they have Fred's Restaurant, so all is well.

Best chicken and waffle on the planet
 
2013-12-17 09:00:46 AM  
What a lame-ass troll headline.
 
2013-12-17 09:06:54 AM  
It's a horrible place that everyone wants to move to, apparently.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-12-17 09:15:03 AM  

Relatively Obscure: It's a horrible place that everyone wants to move to, apparently.


It's a blue oasis in a cesspool of red.
 
2013-12-17 09:21:43 AM  
They have the Alamo Drafthouse.  Of course everyone wants to go there.
 
2013-12-17 09:24:11 AM  
Cars are like gases: they will expand to fit the container given to them.
 
2013-12-17 09:47:29 AM  
I love Austin. We go a few times a year...usually for a concert and always for ACL. That being said, when we get there, we park the ride and stroll downtown or take a cab if we're going any distance. (We usually stay in the downtown area)

The closest I'd live to it is Lampassas or Llano...I prefer Llano but to get to Austin from there you have to come down 71 which turns into a complete and total abortion at 290.
 
2013-12-17 10:08:19 AM  
I used to hate hate hate getting to work in Austin traffic, but then they built the commuter rail and I became happy happy happy.

That said,

ALL THESE TEXAS CITIES ARE YOURS EXCEPT FOR AUSTIN. ATTEMPT NO MOVING THERE.
 
2013-12-17 10:17:48 AM  
Subby, I would suggest a seat cushion, you seem to have hurt your butt while sitting in traffic.
 
2013-12-17 10:21:55 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: The closest I'd live to it is Lampassas or Llano...I prefer Llano but to get to Austin from there you have to come down 71 which turns into a complete and total abortion at 290.


Depending on what part of Austin going to, 1431 through Marble Falls is a beautiful, albeit windy, alternate route in from the West.
 
2013-12-17 10:26:41 AM  
people flock there and create congestion?
 
2013-12-17 10:26:41 AM  

mactobain: Depending on what part of Austin going to, 1431 through Marble Falls is a beautiful, albeit windy, alternate route in from the West.


So noted. Thanks! When we went down for ACL this year my nav was trying to send us through Marble Falls to avoid the traffic. We stayed at Ben White and 35 and thought that it was going to be longer going around. Should have listened to her.

Staying downtown in 2014. We'll come down 183.

BTW, any suggestions for lodging near Austin 360?
 
2013-12-17 10:28:33 AM  

vpb: Relatively Obscure: It's a horrible place that everyone wants to move to, apparently.

It's a blue oasis in a cesspool of red.


Houston voted for Obama twice and has a lesbian mayor
 
j4x
2013-12-17 10:31:06 AM  
We should have a SXSW Fark Party.

And driving to work via MoPac every day sucksssssss
 
2013-12-17 10:31:10 AM  

vpb: Relatively Obscure: It's a horrible place that everyone wants to move to, apparently.

It's a blue oasis in a cesspool of red.


yeah but it's very hypocritical shade of blue, you have to put up with a lot of very wealthy, heavily close minded, and stupid "blue". The food is good though and the Hill Country is very pretty.
 
2013-12-17 10:31:21 AM  
Fixie jam?
 
2013-12-17 10:32:04 AM  
Man, I loved that random Irish pub down there. Also do they still do Star Trek improv?
 
2013-12-17 10:32:06 AM  
The failure of Austin's liberal policies: Everyone wants to move there.

Austin's problem: People opposed to change (known in other places as conservatives) don't want to build infrastructure.
 
2013-12-17 10:33:15 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: vpb: Relatively Obscure: It's a horrible place that everyone wants to move to, apparently.

It's a blue oasis in a cesspool of red.

Houston voted for Obama twice and has a lesbian mayor


Dallas is pretty blue as well (county anyway, not the burbs), and Denton (which is about 45 min north) is like a mini-Austin. Surprisingly liberal college town.
 
2013-12-17 10:33:54 AM  
"Austin Traffic"  LULZ

come to DC if you want to see real traffic
 
2013-12-17 10:34:17 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: Houston voted for Obama twice and has a lesbian mayor


Speaking of a farked up traffic situation.
 
2013-12-17 10:34:33 AM  
Population grows from 250k to 1.8 million because so many people love the area and want to live there.

It's a failure!!!

/visit at least once a year
 
2013-12-17 10:36:14 AM  

Pick13: "Austin Traffic"  LULZ

come to DC if you want to see real traffic


I've lived in DC and the Bay Area. I visit Austin regularly. The traffic there is bad, but nothing close to either the Bay Area or DC.
 
2013-12-17 10:36:28 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: HaywoodJablonski: Houston voted for Obama twice and has a lesbian mayor

Speaking of a farked up traffic situation.


It's not that bad. When's the last time you were here?
 
2013-12-17 10:36:56 AM  
I'm guessing the pic is not representitive of the traffic issue.
 
2013-12-17 10:37:01 AM  
a.abcnews.com

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh BACKDROP OFF!!

blog.chron.com

IF THEY WERE SMART, THEY'D MOVE TO THE CAPITAL CITY OF TEXAS, HOUSTON.

a.abcnews.com

RICE UNIVERSITY. INDIE ROCK AND PAPADEAUX'S.  F*ck Yeah. I skate at Galleria.
 
2013-12-17 10:37:15 AM  
Ahh I see the "slow/smart growth" people aren't just in Northern Virginia.   Welcome to traffic hell Austin!
 
2013-12-17 10:38:15 AM  
So, refusing to expand state-maintained public infrastructure correspondingly when demand increases is a liberal policy?
 
2013-12-17 10:38:16 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: Houston voted for Obama twice and has a lesbian mayor


In her third term, no less...
 
2013-12-17 10:38:36 AM  
Ah, the Louisville conundrum: according to the yokels surrounding you, you're just the worst durn buncha lib'rul hippy communists; yet without you and your city, they would surely die within 2 weeks.

Oh, but please, sing "Country Boy Can Survive" and convince me otherwise, one-foot diabetic in the "THESE COLORS DON'T RUN" XXXL sweatshirt.
 
2013-12-17 10:41:12 AM  

DoBeDoBeDo: Ahh I see the "slow/smart growth" people aren't just in Northern Virginia.   Welcome to traffic hell Austin!


Seriously, I have never seen such easily avoidable traffic turned into a such a quagmire as I've seen here in Northern Virginia.
 
2013-12-17 10:41:31 AM  
Yeah the traffic sucks but hey, it is Austin.  Then again I take the 360 N in the morning and S going home so it's not too bad.  Week-ends are hell though.
 
2013-12-17 10:41:44 AM  
and this is what happens when you sell your highways to spain..
 
2013-12-17 10:42:36 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: When's the last time you were here?


About a year ago. I still can't believe that they tore out the Katy in favor of 18 (+?) lanes of concrete. Talk about a missed opportunity. Is the SW Freeway still a parking lot from 7-9 am and 4-7pm?

Grew up driving in the KLOL Traffic and Bondage days.

TREAT IT AS A FOUR WAY STOP UGH!
 
2013-12-17 10:43:39 AM  

thamike: DoBeDoBeDo: Ahh I see the "slow/smart growth" people aren't just in Northern Virginia.   Welcome to traffic hell Austin!

Seriously, I have never seen such easily avoidable traffic turned into a such a quagmire as I've seen here in Northern Virginia.


Look if you don't build the roads no one will want to live on the other side of them.   Pay no attention to the 5000 unit neighborhood going in down there, no one will want to buy those houses or commute on these roads!

It's pretty simple, no roads, no growth, we can simply avoid being the fastest growing area in the nation.

WHAT DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
 
2013-12-17 10:43:51 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Cars are like gases: they will expand to fit the container given to them.


Not around Austin at prime traffic times.  They're much closer to an incompressible liquid or even a solid.

I'm saying that the only place with worse regular traffic jams is LA.

// Not a matter of liberal or conservative, it's a matter of having the resources of a medium-small city and sitting on the route between two  large cities where the people need to drive between on a regular basis.  That knocks out our highways for general use, and then the local roads are farked because the highways are out of commission for local use twice a day and everyone uses them instead.
 
2013-12-17 10:44:04 AM  
www.onlineworldofwrestling.com

BAH GAWD! AUSTIN! AUSTIN! AUSTIN! STUNNER! A STONE COLD STUNNER! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!
 
2013-12-17 10:46:00 AM  
Dancin_In_Anson: BTW, any suggestions for lodging near Austin 360?

There are quite a few options around 360/183 depending on your budget. Keyword search 'Arboretum' or 'Domain' should give you a pretty good list. Kramer Station is the nearest rail stop.
 
2013-12-17 10:46:12 AM  

mediablitz: Pick13: "Austin Traffic"  LULZ

come to DC if you want to see real traffic

I've lived in DC and the Bay Area. I visit Austin regularly. The traffic there is bad, but nothing close to either the Bay Area or DC.


Meanwhile, in Brooklyn and Manhattan....
 
2013-12-17 10:46:33 AM  
US City Planning:

Step 1: Don't build for mass transit because 'there isn't demand'
Step 2: Build car-centric developments, because there is no other way for people to get around
Step 3: Car-centric developments further discourage mass transit due to sprawl.
Step 4: Watch as one day the population grows slightly too large and the highways seize up and then wonder if there was some other way.
 
2013-12-17 10:46:41 AM  
Austin traffic shows failure of four decades of liberal policies

Quite true.  If they would just follow conservative policies, there would be massive unemployment, resulting in lots less traffic.
 
2013-12-17 10:46:58 AM  

derpy: The failure of Austin's liberal policies: Everyone wants to move there.

Austin's problem: People opposed to change (known in other places as conservatives) don't want to build infrastructure.


See also: Santa Cruz, California ... They are very 'conservative' about planning as well as being famous for "liberal" on social issues. My sister is in the building industry and found San Francisco to be surprisingly favorable toward development than Santa Cruz. The permitting process in S.F. was a breeze.

Berkeley, CA is also developmentally conservative.
 
2013-12-17 10:47:16 AM  

King Something: mediablitz: Pick13: "Austin Traffic"  LULZ

come to DC if you want to see real traffic

I've lived in DC and the Bay Area. I visit Austin regularly. The traffic there is bad, but nothing close to either the Bay Area or DC.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn and Manhattan....


Objections! Sane people don't drive there.
 
2013-12-17 10:47:58 AM  

UrukHaiGuyz: King Something: mediablitz: Pick13: "Austin Traffic"  LULZ

come to DC if you want to see real traffic

I've lived in DC and the Bay Area. I visit Austin regularly. The traffic there is bad, but nothing close to either the Bay Area or DC.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn and Manhattan....

Objections! Sane people don't drive there.


oops, maybe just the one.
 
2013-12-17 10:48:06 AM  

flynn80: I'm guessing the pic is not representitive of the traffic issue.


That's the new toll road that nobody's using.
 
2013-12-17 10:48:32 AM  

mactobain: here are quite a few options around 360/183 depending on your budget.


It's mamarita's birthday. Got her Arcade Fire tickets. If she has any say in the matter* it will be The Driskil or nothing.


*she has ALL the say
 
2013-12-17 10:49:45 AM  

thamike: DoBeDoBeDo: Ahh I see the "slow/smart growth" people aren't just in Northern Virginia.   Welcome to traffic hell Austin!

Seriously, I have never seen such easily avoidable traffic turned into a such a quagmire as I've seen here in Northern Virginia.


Used to take me 10 minutes to get from my house in Reston to Dulles, back in 2000. When I was back visiting last spring, it was a 30 minute slog in the early afternoon. What a farkfest.
 
2013-12-17 10:51:10 AM  
So...a liberal city is such a popular place for business and residence that grows 8 fold in 40 years.

How is that a  failureof liberal policies?

Just because it has a traffic problem?  Give me a break.
 
2013-12-17 10:51:32 AM  
The politicians of Austin decide on how to build State and Federal highways now?

/good troll subby, +1
 
2013-12-17 10:58:23 AM  

Target Builder: US City Planning:

Step 1: Don't build for mass transit because 'there isn't demand'
Step 2: Build car-centric developments, because there is no other way for people to get around
Step 3: Car-centric developments further discourage mass transit due to sprawl.
Step 4: Watch as one day the population grows slightly too large and the highways seize up and then wonder if there was some other way.


Step 5: "There is still no demand"
 
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