"We look for geeks with a great bedside manner, and there are a disproportionate number in San Antonio," Weston says. "One reason, I think, is that we've long had a thriving hospitality industry and a big military sector. People here, through their family upbringing and experience, tend to be polite and helpful."
Meanwhile, Long notes that it remains to be seen how the area's quality of life, if not its "weirdness," can be maintained in the face of continued growth. Traffic congestion is an issue, compounded by heavy trucks carrying Mexican imports down Interstate 35. And affordable housing is becoming scarce in Austin because of gentrification and the construction of luxury homes, he notes.
Regardless, "Austin is the creative center between the coasts," says Patoski. "Young people continue to flock here."
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