Safer than Miami? Check.
Don’t bust out the flashlight and canned food just yet- Austin is ranked as (just) the 20th least-susceptible-to-natural-disaster city, according to SustainLanes study of Cities in Harms Way. Yes, we are now scientifically proven to be safer than cities like New Orleans (no way, really?) and our good friend (ha!) and close neighbor Houston.
While being wedged between Kansas City and Omaha as one of the least likely cities to be destroyed by hurricanes, earthquakes and other catastrophic disasters is a relatively comforting thought, our rank on the Sustainability list is somewhat sobering.
Coming in at number 14, Austin is considered marginally more sustainable (sustainability being defined as commitments to public health, strong local economies, and good citizens and public officials who work their asses off to make the city a great place) than Honolulu, Milwaukee and San Diego.
Its no surprise that Portland, the land of recycled everything and more hybrid cars than you can shake your all-natural organic stick at, ranked as Numero Uno…but Austin was still out-sustained by major US players like Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia.
Come on Austin, bust out your reusable Whole Foods canvas shopping bags, ride your bike a bit more, pick up the empty chicken McNugget box on the side of the road, show up to city council meetings and lets top the charts next go around.