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Ross Posted at 2012/05/21 12:57am reply to

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This is for all, but especially mr. Pete-

Which neighborhoods do you think are worth designating with descriptions in our moving to Austin guide?

So far I've included these areas, but tell me what you think about which ones should be separated/added/lumped together for folks new to town:

Hyde Park
South Central (Bouldin, Travis Heights, SoCo, etc.)
North University
Barton Hills
N. Loop
West Campus
North Central (Allandale, Crestview, etc.)
Far West

Round Rock, Pflugerville, Westlake, Sunset Valley, Cedar Park, Buda/Kyle
peter Posted at 2012/05/21 2:43am reply to

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Good question. I'll have to think about it and get back to you. In the meantime, I'm interested in hearing what others have to say.

Preliminary thoughts: Focus on the urban core. Don't really talk about the suburbs or the western part of town much, since veg-friendliness is disproportionately an urban thing. If there's something noteworthy, then sure, give it a shout-out, but almost everything is east of Mopac and between 183 and William Cannon.

What do you guys think?
UTexasMark Posted at 2012/05/21 9:20am reply to

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That's a lot of areas.  Is someone going to have to look at each one separately to find vegan places on the map?  I think so many areas could be confusing to someone trying to learn the city.  Especially when things like University and West Campus are small areas right next to each other.

I think of the city in just a few regions like North Central (everything from the river to 183 between Mopac and I35), South Central (the whole 78704), and everything else as suburbs (Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest, North, and South).

I guess it depends on how/why you're using the information.
Ross Posted at 2012/05/21 10:06am reply to

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I think I'm perhaps going to give the most prominence to the most veg-friendly areas and just give short summaries of additional areas after that. I think still giving detailed information is good for folks trying to find out where would be a good place to live when they move here.
UTexasMark Posted at 2012/05/21 10:18am reply to

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I can picture that.  A list of areas with places in each and a map showing where each area is.
KatieB Posted at 2012/05/22 5:22pm reply to

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I'm moving to the area near 45 and Parmer...anything noteworthy in that area?
peter Posted at 2012/05/22 6:22pm reply to

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>I'm moving to the area near 45 and Parmer...anything noteworthy in that area?

You'll be in the far northwestern part of town, so much so that you'll almost be in Cedar Park, and definitely within Williamson County. (Most of Austin is in Travis County, of which it is the county seat, but some parts extend into Williamson and Hays.) It's pretty far out there, so a lot of the places that are popular among VRA folks (Counter Culture, Conscious Cravings, Sweet Ritual, Capital City Bakery, Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse, etc.) will be a significant driving distance away.

However, there's still some stuff out in your neck of the woods. There are four all-veg Indian joints north of 183, as well as a Whole Foods location. Promise Pizza is up there as well.

There may be some others, but I'm not very familiar with that area. What else am I neglecting, gang?
Ross Posted at 2012/05/22 6:25pm reply to

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Actually right next to there is this place Momiji(next to IHOP) that has this vegetables and tofu hibachi lunch that you can, which comes with home-fried tofu and vegetable stir-fry with dipping sauces, as well as vegan miso soup. It's actually one of my new favorite places.

Also there's Dimassi's mediterranean buffet on 183 by mcneil happy
weigand Posted at 2012/05/23 3:20pm reply to

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Curry in a Hurry / Gandhi Bazaar is pretty close by.

- Steve
KatieB Posted at 2012/05/23 6:00pm reply to

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Thanks!  I'm so excited happy
Packing up the truck and heading in on Saturday!
carrie Posted at 2012/05/25 11:30am reply to

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What about Clarksville for that list of neighborhoods?
Jacob Posted at 2012/05/25 1:16pm reply to

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>What about Clarksville for that list of neighborhoods?

Clarksville is a super small neighborhood (smaller than mine even!).  Old West Austin History District (which Clarsville is a small part of) (not to be confused with Old West Austin Neighborhood Association which is just south of it, would be better.  I would recommend using zip codes and then listing the largest neighborhood and neighborhood planning areas in those zipcodes.  

This map shows a lot of the neighborhood planning areas in Austin:,-95.677068&sspn=51.089971,79.013672&ie=UTF8&z=11

What are the goals of the "moving to Austin guide"?  Are we going to have resale values, schools, crime statistics?
Vegan friendly restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses?  Parks and recreation?  Bicycle routes?  Scatter plot map of where the other vegans are?

Once I finish some more work on the restaurants editing, it should be easy to add all the locations to the map.  Then, the map would be very useful for people moving to Austin.  As well as people relocating within Austin.... and people just hungry for dinner.

PS:  Wheatsville Coop South Lamar... OH YEAH!
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