Austin Wishes It Had a Light-Rail System Like Portland's

Except for the employee pensions, reduced bus service and political backlash.

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News
Look on our light-rail system, ye Austinites, and despair. The city council of Austin, Texas, is trying to persuade city voters to fund a $600 million light-rail line. So the local newspaper, The Austin American-Statesman, came to Oregon to conduct an in-depth examination of the rail system that's given Texan transit wonks a case of "Portland envy."Their findings? Portland's transit system is ...   More
 
Monday, August 11, 2014 AARON MESH

Top Five Ways Portland is Different From Austin, Texas.

by Ben Kweller


Top 5
Teahouses [WIN: PORTLAND]Portland has the best teahouse in the world: the Tao of Tea. We don’t have anything like that in Austin yet. We have great coffee shops, but to really be a tea connoisse   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Tex Mix

What Austin food trucks have that Portland food carts don’t.


Food Cart Reviews
The Austin food-cart scene is not all steak, tacos and steak tacos. In fact, on my visit to what’s often considered the nation’s No. 2 food-cart town (Portland is tops, natch), I even found a    More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits Day Three: Popsicles and that Canadian Mega-Band

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Music
“You guys want us to play," asks Josh Epstein, half of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. "Or do you want us to keep throwing you popsicles?" Perhaps it was a mistake to toss frozen treats into the crowd so early in the set, but it is 95 degrees and the masses are desperate for refreshment. It’s a bit like pigeons fighting over bread crumbs. Darwin’s survival of the fittest is on full display, as the strong ...   More
 
Friday, September 23, 2011 MARK STOCK

Last Gasps from SXSW: Animal Farm's SXSW Tour Diary


Music
Erik Abel of Animal Farm and Focused Noise kept notes on his journey to SXSW last week. It's a bit of a bumpy ride... Wednesday, March 17th After a sleepless night, we boarded a 6:15 am plane to Austin, overflowing with members of Portland's Hip-Hop community, including Serge Severe, Mic Crenshaw, Cool Nutz, Fury from Animal Farm, DJ Fatboy, Double 00, and myself. We stopped at our hotel and redecorated ...   More
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

LocalCut at South By Southwest: Wednesday and Thursday


Music
It's that time of year again: Time for tacos, sunburns, deafness and lots of beers they don't sell back home. That's right, it's SXSW, America's zaniest music festival! And your WW music staff—Casey Jarman and Michael Mannheimer—are right in the shit-storm middle of it, trying to find time to blog between the free drinks and loud bands. Boo-hoo, we know. So without further ado, here's what ...   More
 
Friday, March 19, 2010 Local Cut

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