10 Things You'll Miss About Dallas If You Move to Austin

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Austin's skyline never looked this good from a DC9 at night.

The time has come for you to break up with Dallas. You've felt trapped in this relationship for years, and it's not getting any better. We understand. There's no need to tell us that it's not Dallas, it's you. We know better. You're leaving Dallas for Austin, the younger, edgier girl you met at a rock concert. It's whatever, man.

Austin is a beautiful place with a gorgeous lake, kickass coffee shops, awesome bike paths and some of the best experimental theater in the state. But the city also has terrible traffic, a bat infestation, and overcrowded music festivals that turn the entire city into a tourist trap several times a year. Just so you don't think it's going to be rainbows and butterflies, we've complied this list of things you'll miss about Dallas.

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Art Deco Wonderland
Fair Park and the State Fair of Texas
Fair Park is the sister-in-law you won't miss until you're divorced. Then, you'll look back and maybe you won't miss your neighborhood, the restaurants or the general culture of Dallas, but you'll wish you would've befriended Fair Park. One of the country's largest collections of Art Deco architecture, Fair Park was named one of the Top 10 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association. It's home to the Dallas Summer Musicals, Margo Jones Theatre, the African-American Museum, a gorgeous butterfly garden and for few weeks each year, it's the world capital of fried food.

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Ochre House Theater
Never again will you be the first person who knew about something ...
Being More Hipster than Your Friends
That avant garde theater troupe or the off-the-beaten path taco joint you found? Yeah, your Austin friends already know about them, plus about 14 others. If Expo Park were in Austin, you wouldn't be able to find a seat on the Amsterdam Bar's patio and It'll Do would be overrun with ironic mustaches.

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Gallery Hopping
Sure, there are art galleries in Austin, but the Dallas visual arts scene has never been so vibrant and inviting. There are gallery walks almost every month in the Design District and Deep Ellum with both experimental and traditional art exhibitions. From Oliver Francis Gallery in East Dallas to downtown's RO2 Art or the brand new Zhulong Gallery in Design District, artists and gallerists across the city are changing the artistic landscape.

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Dallas Cowboys
I've heard talk of a time when people watched the Cowboys for football...
Real Sports
We've got the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars. Sure, the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers are technically in Arlington, but we're counting them. And now that both SMU's basketball and football teams are improving, you can even get your college sports fix. Also, you will miss Dirk.

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Young, dumb and full of college students.
Avoiding Uptown
Sixth Street just became your uptown, but even younger, and somehow, drunker. Never forget that it was Austin that gave us the sleazy chaos of Kung Fu Saloon.


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41 comments
rubbbrduky
rubbbrduky

Moving to Austin not so bad, but PLEASE, PLEASE don't move to Houston. I ran as fast as I could from that shit hole, I was born and raised there and it's a nightmare unlike any other.

crc0
crc0

i truly believe that all of these things are very good reasons for you to not move to Austin. We're a mess already!

ShugAveryPee
ShugAveryPee

Oh, and you won't find decent mass transit in Austin, either. The only reason they have Lyft  is because their fleet of cars sport awesome pink hipster porn 'staches.

ShugAveryPee
ShugAveryPee

More things you won't find anywhere in Austin: A good ballet, a big museum, and lipstick on women.

Things you WILL find in spades: Meth, homeless 20-somethings, and eyeliner on men.

x97sfinest
x97sfinest

As a high school senior who will most likely be going to UT this hits way, WAY too close to home. I was not ready for the torrent of feels.

jamesjodi
jamesjodi

you had me at bat infestation.  good stuff. 

mdd0124
mdd0124

I guess people don't understand sarcasm.


I should have skipped right to the comments before reading the article, because LOL.

DeanGreens
DeanGreens

Everyone is friendly in warren park? HAH more like everyone is either homeless, in a hurry somewhere, or a tourist. Northpark? Seriously? A bunch of uptight pricks.. and i mean a BUNCH.. Denton? You mean the town with like 10 other towns in between it and Dallas? Thats a reason to stay in Dallas? Psh.  Ive lived in dallas my whole life, and i hate this place. Everyones in a hurry, drivers run you off the road, and its boring as hell here.

HughJass
HughJass

Isn't it great how all the douchey self proclaimed Austinites that most likely are transplants from some other TX city or out of state think they have license to bash Dallas b/c everyone in Austin has told them it's the coolest city in TX. Then they troll the message board of the Dallas Observer and leave long rants about how cool Austin is. Perhaps they need to reassure themselves that moving to a town b/c it's so cool wasn't the biggest mistake of their lives.

rmoreno2002
rmoreno2002

What a stupid damn article. I guess the person that wrote it has nothing better to do.

eyesdown
eyesdown

I grew up in Austin. It's not the same anymore. If I'd stayed there, maybe I'd feel differently, but pretty much, it's the same as Dallas now anyway, but with worse traffic. Austin has now become pretentious just like Dallas, but in a different way. Meh. I'll stay here. It's cheaper to live and there's public transit.

rb1044
rb1044

Thanks for reminding me why i left Dallas. 

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

This article is pretty funny- so are the commenters.  Thank God I am now too old to bother trying to be cool.

carlwilliams
carlwilliams

northpark? f'ing northpark?


if i was in austin i'd be shooting almond milk out my nose rt now.


things you wont miss from observer dallas


1. bad observer articles. like this one.


Daniel
Daniel

Why was the Kessler not on this list?

schnerk
schnerk

This is the dumbest list ever! 

1. How many times do you go to the State Fair vs getting ticked off by the traffic and "Tourists" that it brings. 

2. Do you really want to be more "Hipster?" (Pretty sure that this statement alone nulifies the validity of the list.) 

3. Do you go to Galleries often? That's kind of like saying that you go to the theatre "All The Time" when you went once 3 years ago.

4. We have The Longhorns and can watch the "Real" Sports on TV, just like you do now. 

5. No one actually goes to sixth street except tourists and under aged people. We have so many cooler hang outs. 

6. I am not even going to justify a claim that Dallas has a better park with a true respoinse. 

7. Denton is another town. Justifying the claims that Dallas is better  by using another city is just lame. Hey, Austin has Round Rock. If you want to escape the awesome, feel free to hop on I-35 north and escape...

8. Plenty of people in Austin are tattoo-less, but how is this even a selling point? 

9. Are Malls still a thing? What next, check out our library? 

10. Ummm... Did Dallas forget that Austin is the mecca of BBQ? I believe that Franklin's LA BBQ and the Mueller family would take exception to this claim. The last time I checked, Dallas only had 1 BBQ joint make it into Texas Monthly's top 10.  

Seriously! Dallas Observer, you used to be better than this...

SurlyZ
SurlyZ

Thank you for reminding me to conduct my weekly search for jobs outside of Dallas.

nd68
nd68

"Not Being the Only Tattoo-less Person You Know." If I move to a place where every single person has a tattoo, how would I miss being the only tattoo-less person? Wouldn't moving to a place where everyone has ink increase the chances I'm the only one without it? Makes no sense. 

hatefuel66
hatefuel66

This list blows, To say a failing bar that's almost empty all the time and which has no locks on the toilets is one reason you'll miss Dallas is darn retarded. Northpark? I hate malls let alone up market ones. The words sport and hipster is used in the same article and I hate both. I like Fair Park but have never been to the state fair so I guess that's a plus and walking around down town and getting lost is another plus.


HughJankles
HughJankles

This list is horrendus & made me glad to get out of Dallas. However I went to the North East, not Austin.

paulanthonygomez
paulanthonygomez

@HughJass Hugh, I work for an airline and when I work flights to Austin from NYC and Northern Cali..I see whats relocating to Austin. I love Dallas and will take it any day over Austin..and I was raised outside of Houston but we won't go there :P


DeanGreens
DeanGreens

dafaq are you talking about? no one is doing what you are saying.. maybe actually read the comments? the only people talking about austin are people saying its changed and not as great..


Isnt it great how "all" the douchey insecure Dallasites think people from Austin constantly bash Dallas when they're just clearly automatically defensive because they know their city blows? By the way i was born and raised in dallas, still live here, and ive never met someone from austin that bashed dallas.

x97sfinest
x97sfinest

@rmoreno2002 Actually, I thought it was a great article and if you'd take 2 seconds to research before you comment you'd see Lauren is extremely active in posting articles and around town.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@rmoreno2002  



ah hhahh hhhahhha!  Did you read every article in this thing today; apparently nothing is happening. 

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

@eyesdown Yeah, back when I was in college it was the greatest.  But I bet a big part of that is because I was in college and drinking beer and smoking weed were pretty much my greatest priorities.  Now going to work and paying bills have taken over- so it really doesn't matter what cool bands have a residency at midnight on Wednesdays.

cwi4691
cwi4691

@schnerk Dude, BBQ is BBQ. It's just burnt meat. Nothing to stand in line for. Certainly not for an hour or more when there are so many other treats to enjoy here. And, I agree, the writer is clueless. Dallas doesn't need Denton, it's kind of the other way around, but you are forgiven for not knowing something as simple as that, being as you are from Austin. All that blue smoke and hipness has obviously also rendered you mindless and lost in permanent childhood.This is a serious town for adults to live in and nurture careers and families that still offers plenty of diversion for all those willing to take part. I think you are obviously in the right place. Please stay there.

Daniel
Daniel

@schnerk  I hate malls, too, but here's the thing: Dallas has better art in a mall than Austin has in its "museum." 

untitled
untitled

@nd68 The list is about things you'd miss about Dallas, and it says NOT being the only tattoo-less person you know.  In Dallas, you currently know other people without tattoos, but you wouldn't in Austin.  You would miss the tattoo-less camaraderie, apparently.

cwi4691
cwi4691

@hatefuel66 Dude, please do us all a favor and move to Austin. fast! Like, yesterday. Austin can't stand to live without your coolness another day and Dallas won't miss you one small bit.I frankly don't understand why this is even an issue. If you don't appreciate everything Dallas has to offer, please don't bore us with your faux hipness and ignorance another day. Just don't expect us to care.

hatefuel66
hatefuel66

@cwi4691 appreciate everything Dallas has to offer! Did you just say that? I frankly don't understand why this is even an issue? Abbreviate on that a little bit bud. When did I say I had an issue? A fucking lock on a toilet is common courtesy to people who frequent your bars. I'm not naming the bar but I had a chat with the owner and the reason the toilets do not have locks on the door is because they'll get vandalized - we'll your catering to the wrong clientele then. Sure your boyfriend just looooooves people walking in on him when he is sitting down to take a pee. I kind of dont like people walking in on my chick. Frankly your soooooo cool! Name a 10 places that cannot be criticized! Hipness and ignorance another day? Really, Because someone has a different opinion then yours. Dude! Get a life seriously. Why the hell would anyone write a top ten list in defense if everyone already knows how COOL Dallas is. Lol a mall, come on! When were malls cool, oh wait when you were thirteen. lol Appreciate everything! Lol Sure you appreciate bums. Does your mom know you are up this late. Twat.

Daniel
Daniel

@schnerk-jerk @schnerk  And don't forget that great Frank Stella. If that Frank Stella were in the Blanton, it would be the most important piece there by a long, long shot. If Austin did funded arts and mass transit, and if it had more ethnic diversity, it would be one of the coolest cities in America. (Plus most people would say sports -- no, the Longhorns don't count any more than the Blanton counts as a real museum -- but I could give a shit.)

But it doesn't have these things and so instead is merely the prettiest city in Texas. Which, I mean, hey, that ain't bad. You're still the one everybody wants to boink, so you can stop preening now!

schnerk-jerk
schnerk-jerk

@schnerk Why? Because Raymond Nasher bought the art and put it in his mall.  Have you ever been there?  Shopping amid Warhol paintings and modern sculpture is kind of nice.  No Sbarro's to be found.

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