People of Austin: Tell Us About Your City

A couple of weeks ago, we had a post titled: "People of Portland: Tell Us About Your City", the first in our City Series. In it, we asked you, the reader, to tell us the good and the bad of that city; "What is the general level of eco-consciousness in population? How is it for cyclists? How's public transportation? Suburban sprawl? Air quality? Recycling/composting? As time passes, are things getting better or worse? Anything you think we might find interesting, please share it with us in the comments of this post." The response to the Portland post was amazing, and so this week we're doing Austin, Texas (USA). Please share your experience about that city in the comments, and if you haven't already, check out the reader comments in the Portland post. ::Wikipedia Entry on Austin
Oh, and can someone please tell us more about the Engine 2 Fire Station in Austin? Seems like a really cool firehouse that decided to turn vegan when they realized that it helped them do their job well, that it was a liability to have some high-cholesterol out-of-shape people on the team and that over half of their calls are health-related (they even have recipes on the site, among all the goofy photos). You can read a NY Time article about it (registration required, via Meat Facts blog).

Update: A good resource for all things Austin is The Austinist, "a website about Austin and everything that happens in it."