I love Austin. I had lived in Texas for years without ever going to Austin, unlike my vacations to San Antonio as well as New Orleans many times. For some reason I had managed to miss Austin as a tourist destination. The closest I came was camping nearby and later looking for dinosaur tracks in stream beds. After spending several days in Austin I realize it is my favorite city.
A public transportation system that works - very big plus.
Every neighborhood seems to have its own set of bookstores and coffee shops and funky creative businesses and a wide variety of food places - double plus good.
It is a place that appreciates music and musicians of every kind. The college NPR station actually plays interesting music. Driving around I discovered a low power FM Free Speech Radio 91.1, radical but mainly from the right. Carries anti-globalist Alex Jones and lots of gold and alternate medicine advertisements. Media offers a wide variety of opinions - triple plus good.
I picked up Geek Confidential: Echoes from the 21st Century at Half-Price Books and discovered it is by Austin native Rick Klaw. Essays and other stuff on books, book selling, science fiction, censorship and pop culture. First few essays are extremely good. I tried to find one essay online to send to a few people but no luck. A very Austin book. More on the book and a sample essay. He is creative, intellectual, geeky and freedom loving.
What has this got to do with politics, you might be asking? How communities are run and their priorities, how you live your life, what kinds of people you attract is the ultimate politics. I prefer the politics of Austin.
UPDATE - I totally agree with Muse, the convention center seemed designed to torture people with the slightest handicap in walking. The Texas Democratic Party added two disabled positions to the state executive committee which may help in future convention location decisions.