Job: 04/17/23 | April 17, 2023
I first visited Austin in 2013, got hooked and started coming back so much that I decided to move here in 2015. I was only halfway here the first two years. I split my time a little in New York, I traveled a lot and lived a little in Paris.
But, in 2019, it became my only home.
However, over the past year, it has become clear that the city and I have drifted apart. The weird little town that drew me here as a respite from the hustle and bustle of New York is no longer a weird little town but a big city lacking in big city infrastructure. The traffic is terrible, my food truck fleets are gone, it’s more expensive, and quirky Rainey Street is now made up of skyscrapers and hotels. The character of the city has just changed a lot because Austin has become “the place to be”.
Now, I’m not trying to be one of those people who “walks off my lawn.” I’m sure people lamented that people like me come and change their city. Just like the people before them and the people before them.
Change is a constant in life and trying to stop change is like trying to hold back the tide. Austin can change anything he wants. Not all changes have been bad. There’s a lot more to do in the city, there’s more jazz and comedy, better food, and the airport now has more direct flights.
But if Austin wants to be a city — and its local leaders seem to want it that way even as they lament the rising cost of housing — then be a city. Give us better infrastructure, more housing, bike paths and public transport. Austin has become a city but without any of the benefits that come with cities.
Last year, roaming from NYC to Paris For Berlin For London, I started noticing that the things I love about big cities aren’t present in Austin. I missed walking everywhere, museums, jazz clubs, public transport, hearty art museums and the diversity of people, ideas and food. I missed the bustle that comes with places like New York, Boston, London and other metropolises.
I spent much of the last year in Austin and starting in October due to my allergy shots, I didn’t leave for 6 months. All the while, I went to social clubs, joined social clubs, and built my life there.
But my heart kept whispering, “This is not the place.
Austin doesn’t feel like home anymore. NYC has always had a piece of my heart. I want to go back and see how it goes. Will I spend 8 years there? I don’t know. By then, I’ll be fifty!
But now I’m ready to say goodbye to Austin. After eight years, this chapter has come to an end.
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