I just spent the last few days on an explore of Austin, Texas with family. Having never been there before I was curious about the culture of the city having heard it mimics Portland, Oregon, the area where I reside. Both cities sport “Keep Portland Weird” and Keep Austin Wierd” slogans. I think Portland gets the credit on that one. In the short time I was there I would say that Austin was like Portland with more torn edges and a cowboy overlay. Substitute evergreen trees for oaks. Portland is artsy but Austin exudes art to the extreme. Street art is everywhere from graffiti to spectacular murals.