Sister Cities

I have heard many people say, “This city is like … Austin’s sister city.” 

Move over, Ann Arbor and Madison.  State universities does not a sister city make.

Seattle is Austin’s sister city.  Allow me to make my case.

Music: Music history has come from both places. Nirvana?  Austin City Limits?  Wud up.

Techie Tech Industries: Michael Dell and Bill Gates.  Hardware and Software.  Ying and Yang.  This just got weird … I mean, computer moguls Dell and Microsoft lie in suburbs of Austin and Seattle.  

Token “Homeless” Men: Both cities have their token homeless guys.  Although we don’t actually know if Austin’s “Leslie” or Seattle’s “Tuba Man” are technically homeless, they are still people known for photo opps and outlandish behaviour. (R.I.P. Tuba Man)

Liberal: Austin and Seattle are liberal cities in their conservative states.  Both cities are blue, hippy dots in a sea of evangelical red.  They feel different from the rest of their respective states in most elections.

Border States: You need a passport to get out of these cities’ states if you go in one direction long enough.

Whole Foods: Loved passionately and intimately in both cities.

Achilles’ heel: Rainy nine months out of the year in Seattle, hot-as-ass nine months out of the year in Austin.  Weather is the flaw for both locations.  Both sisters are jealous of Northern Cali weather.

Who do you think Austin’s sister city is?

Thanks to Weslie and Ryan for their research assistance for this post.
  1. #1 by Lacy on May 28, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    As I was leaving the Austin airport for my honeymoon to San Francisco, the guy at the Amy’s ice cream counter told me I was headed to Austin’s sister city. Any argument for San Francisco? Do we have a curvy, Lombard-esque street? A mass security prison on an island? Sea Lions frolicking around a fisherman’s wharf? Find out for me HilStreet! 😉

  2. #2 by Kelly on May 28, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    I concur (about Seattle not that so-not-our-sister-city San Fran suggestion).

    I haven’t ever confirmed this, but I once heard that Austin & Seattle get about the same amount of rain each year. It’s just that Austin gets hers all in a few torrential downpours, whereas Seattle spreads hers out over a drizzly few months.

    Can you find out if that’s true for us? 🙂

  3. #3 by Erin on May 28, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    I’ve heard the argument for Minneapolis. Perhaps Austin is akin to all likable cities?

  4. #4 by hilstreet on May 29, 2009 - 3:03 am

    Good points ladies!

    Lacy – I think San Fran is a city all its own, with no sister. It’s just that fantastic. A fantastic only child of the west coast.

    Kelly – According to Wikipedia, Seattle gets 37.1 in. of rain per year, less than neighboring Portland who gets 45 in. per year. Austin? Austin’s average annual rainfall is 32 inches per year according to which may or may not be as credible as wikipedia. If wikipedia is credible or not … is another blog post.

    Erin – I’ve heard that argument for Minn/St. Paul as well from Miss Rachel Posey.

  5. #5 by Weslie Moore on May 30, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    I love it! If we could figure out some sort of sister city snowbird arrangement (summers in Seattle, winters in Austin) we’d be SET!

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