Is Austin a great city?
Austin is a great place to live, we say, but is it a great city like New York, San Francisco, Seattle, et al? Derek Woodgate and I have been discussing this off and on for the last year or two, and I think we agree that Austin falls short despite all the buzz about the city’s creative talent and our links to music, film, and online media industries. True, we have creative people, but are they invested in the community, and does the community invest in them? And as far as music, film, and media industries go, Austin is more of a farm community, as Alex Cavalli of the Central Texas Digital Convergence Initiative often points out. Which is to say, major studios may make films here and leverage our talent, but how many of them are located here?
But rather than try to make the case, I’d like to hear comments, and there’s a whole range of possible responses – Austin is great, and here’s why. Or Austin doesn’t need to be great. Or Austin could be great, here’s what we have to do. Thoughts?