Austin suffers status demotion

Will the C of C or the city council fire off letters of protest? No longer “live music capital of the world,” according to the NYT, Austin is described as “live music capital of the South.” The front-page article (“Cities Compete In Hipness Battle To Attract Young,” byline Shaila Dewan) says that loser cities are those failing to attract college-educated 25- to 34-year-olds, placing us behind Las Vegas and Charlotte. The on-line version of the piece (on pages A1 and A10 in the hard copy) does include the little box with the city descriptors and some actual statistics, in which, for instance, besides the live-music fall in status for Austin, “Frisbee golf” is named as a leading factor luring younger people to Charlotte (click on “Graphic” under the map to the left to see it). It’s really Atlanta in the spotlight, with Vegas, Charlotte, Portland, and our own, dear, unrecognizable Austin as supporting players. Isn’t “hipness” one of those long-discarded terms remaining in use only by those without a clue?

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