Once upon a time, Austin was a sleepy little college town that had a state capital and a lot of burnouts from the 1960s. The town was always pretty casual. Over time, it nurtured a vibrant music scene, launching a few music acts.
Fast forward to today, Austin is in flux with visitors deciding to move here in record numbers to enjoy that casual environment. People that wander into town are seduced by breakfast tacos, the live music and balmy nights. It hits a hundred degrees in the afternoon a time or two in the summer, but that's not an insurmountable problem. Traffic is a bit tedious, but it's not at California-levels yet. The real issue is the rent.
Like any boom town, there is a premium on privacy. Old-timey Austin businesses are getting squeezed out and not just because the owners invested in weed futures. Those hippie run shops are replaced by corporate weird shops which are not that odd at all. And apartment rents are doubling.
If this keeps up, we'll all move to Portland.