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It’s not an accident that three of the five fastest growing cities are in Texas. It’s more like destiny.

They say the Lone Star State has four seasons: drought, flood, blizzard and twister. This summer 97% of the state was in a persistent drought; in 2011 the Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced 40 straight days in July and August of temperatures of 100° or higher. The state’s social services are thin. Welfare benefits are skimpy. Roughly a quarter of residents have no health insurance. Many of its schools are less than stellar. Property-crime rates are high. Rates of murder and other violent crimes are hardly sterling either. So why are more Americans moving to Texas than to any other state? Texas is America’s fastest-growing large state, with three of the top five fastest-growing cities in the country: Austin, Dallas and Houston. In 2012 alone, total migration to Texas from the other 49 states in the Union was 106,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2000, 1 million more people have moved to Texas from other states than have left.

As an economist and a libertarian, I have become convinced that whether they know it or not, these migrants are being pushed (and pulled) by the major economic forces that are reshaping the American economy as a whole: the hollowing out of the middle class, the increased costs of living in the U.S.’s established population centers and the resulting search by many Americans for a radically cheaper way to live and do business.

To a lot of Americans, Texas feels like the future. And I would argue that more than any other state, Texas looks like the future as well — offering us a glimpse of what’s to come for the country at large in the decades ahead. America is experiencing ever greater economic inequality and the thinning of its middle class; Texas is already one of our most unequal states. America’s safety net is fraying under the weight of ballooning Social Security and Medicare costs; Texas’ safety net was built frayed. Americans are seeking out a cheaper cost of living and a less regulated climate in which to do business; Texas has that in spades. And did we mention there’s no state income tax?

There’s a bumper sticker sometimes seen around the state that proclaims, I WASN’T BORN IN TEXAS, BUT I GOT HERE AS FAST AS I COULD. As the U.S. heads toward Texas, literally and metaphorically, it’s worth understanding why we’re headed there — both to see the pitfalls ahead and to catch a glimpse of the opportunities that await us if we make the journey in an intelligent fashion.

Orginal article by: Tyler Cowen with Time Magazine

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Compliments of: Martha Small | Austin Portfolio Real Estate | 512.587.0308

 

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Nov. 20th-“Winter Wonderland”

Presented by the Junior League of Austin, A Christmas Affair 2013

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin- www.jlaustin.com

 

Nove 21st, 6pm-9pm: Santa’s Grand Arrival and Tree Lighting at the Galleria

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

www.hillcountrygalleria.com/go/mallEvents.cfm

 

Nov 22nd-Jan 1st, 6pm-10pm: Marble Falls Walkway of Lights

Lakeside Park, Marble Falls- www.marblefalls.org/calendar

 

Nov. 27th-Dec 29th: A Christmas Story (Live Theatre Production)

Zach Scott Theatre, 202 South Lamar, Austin –www.zachtheatre.org/on-stage

 

Nov. 29th-Dec 24th, 10am: Blue Genic Art Bazaar

Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin – www.bluegenieartbazzar.com

 

Nov. 30th– Jan 5th, 10am- 9pm: Whole Foods Market Ice Skating on the Plaza

525 N. Lamar, Austin- http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lamar/

 

Nov. 30th-Dec 31st, 6 PM: Emily Ann Theatre & Gardens Holiday Trail of Lights

The Emily Ann Theatre, 1101 Fm 2325, Wimberley- www.emilyann.org/tol.cfm

 

Throughout December: The 27th Street Neighborhood Lights

Nightly on 37th St. at Guadalupe, Austin- www.texaslesstraveled.com/37thstreet.htm

 

Dec 1st, 7am: Jingle Bell 5k and Kids’ K Benefiting MADD

The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Ter, Austin- www.mad.org/local-offices/tx/events.html

 

Dec 1st, 6pm: Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting

Zilker Park, Austin- http://austintrailoflights.org/

 

Dec. 2nd, 8pm: Holiday Concert: “ Christmas Sing-Along”

Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin- www.austinsymphony.org/events

 

Dec 4th-Dec 7th Sights and Sounds of Christmas in San Marcos

San Marcos Plaza Park, San Marcos- www.sights-n-sounds-org

 

Dec 6th, 5:30-8:30pm: Lights of Love 5k and Kids’K

Mueller Community, Austin – www.lightsoflove5k.org

 

Dec 6th, 6:30-9:00pm: Holiday Oak Tree Lighting in Cedar Park

Heritage Oak Park, Cedar Park – www.cedarparktx.us

 

Dec 6th, 6:30pm: Christmas Family Night in Round Rock

Downtown Rock Rock – http://goog.gl/LHqtvE

 

Dec 6th –Dec 15th: 2013 Holiday Wine Trail

Tickets and more details: http://goo.gl.vl5Ev3

 

Dec 6th– Dec 31: Lights on- A Holiday Celebration

6:30pm-9:30pm, Lakeway Civic Center, 105 Cross Creek Rd, Lakeway

www.cityoflakeway.com/calendar.aspx

 

Dec 6th-7th: Annual Christmas Stroll in Georgetown

Downtown Historic Square, Georgetown- http://visitgeorgetown.org.christmas-stroll

 

Dec 7th, 5pm-8pm: Christmas PArage and Tree Lighting in Lendar

City Hall, Leander – wwwleandertx.gov/parksrec.page.christmas-parage-and-tree-lighting

 

Dec 7th, 6pm: Holida Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll at the Capitol

South steps of the State Capitol, Austin 0

www.downtownaustin.com/events/3126/holiday-sing-along-and-downtown-stroll

 

Dec 7th, 6om: Zilker Trail of Lights 5k Run

Zilker Park, Austin – http://austintrailoflights.org/

 

Dec 7th, 10am-9am: Christmas on Mercer Street in Dripping Springs

Mercer St, Dripping Springs – http://goo.gl.NwnCYZ

 

Dec 7th, 10:00 am-5:30pm: Budafest (Arts & Crafts Show)

Downtown Buda –www.budafest.org/

 

Dec 8th– 22nd, 6pm;12am: Austin Trail of Lights

Zilker Park, Austin –http: //austintrailoflights.org/

 

Ballet Austin Presents: “ The Nutcraker”

The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr Austin

www.balletaustin.org/atb/nutcracker2013.php

 

Dec 14th, 5pm: Winter’s Eve on the Square in Wimberley

5pm, Wimberley Square –  http: //goo.gl/st8DCA

 

Dec 14th– 15th, 6 pm-9pm : Luminations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin –www.wildflower.org/luminations

 

Dec 17th-24th, 11am-11pm: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (Arts & Crafts Show)

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin – www.armadillobazaar.com

 

Dec 14th, 7:30am-11am: Twelfth Annual Breakfast with Santa in Georgetown

Georgetown Community Center, 445 E Morrow St.

http://goo.gl/nUeQCA

 

Dec 26th, 3pm & 9pm: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Cedar Park Center, 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park – www.trans-siberian.com

 

Dec 31st, 5pm-10:30pm: Austin’s New Year (ANY)

Auditorium Shores, S 1st St. and Riverside Dr, Austin

www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-new-year

 

 Compliments of: Martha Small | Austin Portfolio Real Estate | 512.587.0308

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4610 Chiappero – Will be in MLS this Sunday – $395,000

Showings start Sunday

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  • Charming, Pottery Barn-like home in Central Austin
  • Down to studs remodel and leveling in 2007
  • Original, refinished hardwood floors
  • Open floor plan with kitchen/dining/sunroom-office
  • Large, flat backyard
  • Easy access to MoPac and shopping on Burnet Road and Lamar
  • Highland Park, Lamar and  McCallum High Schools

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2525 S Lamar #201- Listed at $265,000

2525 S Lamar #201 - Info Sheet

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TRAIL OF LIGHTS PREVIEW PARTY PRESENTED BY COVERT CADILLAC

Here’s your chance to see the shimmering, iconic Trail of Lights displays prior to opening night in an intimate setting with special amenities and comfort. The Trail of Lights Preview Party presented by Covert Cadillac is Austin’s first opportunity of the season to see the Trail of Lights. You’ll enjoy live music, refreshments, free shuttles, close-in parking availability, and extra cranberry sauce.

Live Entertainment from Ray Benson & Special Guests Marcia Ball, Whiskey Sisters, The Soul Supporters and more
Food and beverages available for purchase
Featuring Austin food trailers Chi’Lantro BBQ, Tapas Bravas, Heros Gyros, ALC Steaks on Tour and more
Friday, December 6, 2013 7-10 pm
Zilker Park
Tickets: $62.50 per person (Includes fees and taxes)
Close-in Parking available for $15
Free Shuttles from Republic Square Park
Space is limited, so reserve your spot now.

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2525 S Lamar #201 - Info Sheet

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