In defining what constitutes a “safe” city, the personal finance site considered 31 different factors categorized under crime; health care; public policy and representation; or education and wealth. The list considered things like rape and robbery rates, how easily accessible healthcare is to women, cancer rates, the percentage of women with a college education and the availability of work accommodations like pregnancy leave.
While Miami was ranked as the least safe city, Houston came in at No. 2. The three other Texas cities to rank in the top 10 were Amarillo, Beaumont and Lubbock.
As the study notes, the majority of the cities that ranked as “safe” had a population of under 300,000. In response, ValuePenguin did a second list considering only cities with a population more than 500,000. Houston ranked as the least safe city, while Dallas came in at No. 4 and San Antonio at No. 5.
Also of note: another sub-list that ranked the safety of cities based solely on their health score (arrived at by analyzing cancer rates, the female uninsured rate and access to clinics). A Texas city, Pasadena, took the No. 1 spot as the least safe.
Allen High School, home of the Eagles, is the proud owner of a $60-million stadium complete with a high-definition video screen, a three-tier press box and a capacity of 18,000 seats that nearly matches the Staples Center. Could a high school football stadium really be any bigger?
Yes. The answer in Texas is always yes. The LA Times reports that Allen’s neighboring school district in McKinney has plans to outdo the Eagles’ stadium with a nearly $70-million one. It will be outfitted with a 55-foot-wide, high-def video screen, an artificial grass field, seating for 12,000 and an adjacent 500-seat event center.
To read more on how McKinney is funding the stadium and what students have to say about it, click here.
WFAA’s reporter David Schechter and viewer Olivia Gonzalez tested multiple Austin and San Antonio breakfast tacos in order to make their decision on which city is better, saying “it’s time to stir up this hornet’s nest once more.”
Here are the rules for how they conducted their test:
“Each city’s convention and visitor’s bureau nominated three restaurants and provided us with one spokesperson. We ordered the same three breakfast tacos, everywhere (bean and bacon, potato and egg, barbacoa) with each owner choosing one wildcard taco. Then, we scored for things like taste, authenticity and the quality of the tortilla.”
Schechter and Gonzalez started in Austin at Juan in a Million and
gave it an 82.5 out of 100 possible points. They gave Vera Cruz Taco Truck an 83.5 and Maria’s Taco Xpress a 78.5. Not too shabby, right?
Well, when they get to San Antonio’s El Milagrito, they gave the restaurant a 91.5. Taco Haven received a 90 and Taco Taco got an 85.5. They also spoke to San Antonio Express-News’ food writer Edmund Tijerina who had something to say about Austin.
“San Antonians are pretty laid back and pretty forgiving but when, you know, Austin is trying to take credit for this, then that’s when San Antonio says okay. Hey, wait a minute, enough now,” he said.
Taco journalist Jared Neece said Austin is more like the city that’s bringing breakfast tacos to the world because so many people visit. “Austin’s unique. Austin does unique food. And whether doing that is taking it away from the traditional and making it something else and it’s losing its roots or if you just think it’s the evolution of the breakfast taco, I guess that’s up to you to decide,” he said.
When all was said and done, the final scores were in: Austin got an 81.5 and San Antonio got 89.
But does anything Dallas says about our tacos really matter? Our neighbors to the north should just mind their own business.
Texans, let us all take a moment of silence to honor this joyous occasion: Gone are the days when cookie fries and funnel cakes were just an annual treat at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. And it’s because of Walmart.
The Dallas Morning News reported this week that a Walmart in Plano will open a year-long restaurant inside the store called State Fair Treats on Sept. 20. The first in a region-wide expansion, the restaurant will be run by State Fair fixture Isaac Rousso.
The Big Tex Choice Award winner’s new diner will feature a 45-item menu “celebrating the treats families enjoy ever year when they make an annual pilgrimage to the fair.” Rousso plans to serve fair foods like cookie fries, funnel cake fries, corn dogs, deep-fried hash browns stuffed with bacon and cheddar cheese and more.
Read the full story of how Walmart and Rousso’s new relationship got its start.
Another night, another moon — but tonight’s promises to be especially worth the effort it takes to crane your neck.
Tonight’s full moon is 2016’s harvest moon. The harvest moon is the full moon to fall closest to the autumnal equinox, which is on Sept. 22 this year. According to the Weather Channel, the harvest moon usually coincides with crop harvesting in the Northern Hemisphere and allows farmer to work late into the night.
In some places around the world, although not North or South America, moongazers will get the added bonus of a lunar eclipse.
If you’re planning on looking up tonight, the weather is in your favor. Austinites can expect a clear night with a low of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re planning on catching the harvest moon by howling at it from the waters of Barton Springs, keep in mind that the pool capped its attendance for full moon events at 750 swimmers earlier this summer. That was after 2,500 people came out a full moon swim, so arriving early is advised.
Today the University of Texas at Austin celebrates its 133rd “birthday.” In 1883, with just eight professors and little over 200 students, the university opened to the public. What started there so many years ago continues to live up to the motto, and change the world. This might not even start to cover it, but here, with help from Maribel Molina and the American-Statesman staff (plus a few snide comments courtesy of a TCU-grad), are 105 things we love about the school:
86. The Daily Texan. One of the longest-running daily school newspapers, The Daily Texan keeps Longhorns informed and has regularly been recognized as an outstanding student publication. They do a lot in that little basement.
87. Buying a breakfast taco at Taco Cabana in the Student Activity Center. Exactly $1.09.
88. Baby raccoons in Waller Creek.
89. The amazing view of the Texas Capitol from the South Mall.
90. When the tower has your graduation year on it.
If you’ve ever been scrolling through Twitter, seen a ridiculous tweet from Charlie Strong that says “if I want to be surrounded by vomit I’ll visit a and m’s campus” and thought that couldn’t possibly be the real Longhorn Football coach speaking — well, you’re right. It’s actually a parody account that goes by the name Chuck F’n Strong.
But Chuck F’n Strong isn’t by any means the only parody account assuming the identity of Austin’s popular figures. As far as we could find, there are a few more accounts. For your comedic pleasure, check these out:
@ChuckFnStrong: In January of 2014, Chuck F’n Strong made his debut. He markets himself as the “unfettered and unfiltered fake Charlie Strong and Malik’s dad.” He almost never gets a name right, has no idea when the games are and responds to trolls. He also tweets regularly and is probably the most exciting source of news on game day. Follow him and you won’t be disappointed. There’s also @UT_mockturtle which claims to be Strong’s turtleneck that pairs nicely with Chuck F’n Strong.
@EvilMoPacATX: Evil MoPac is one of the newer trolls on the block, having joined Twitter in February, but it definitely gives Chuck F’n Strong a run for his money. Evil MoPac is “the ATX road that’s prematurely aging you.” It also really loves Bon Jovi. Not only does the account tweet out snarky updates about MoPac construction and Austin traffic, it also interacts often with Austin media’s social accounts, including the American-Statesman.
The moment it stopped being okay for people to move to Austin…
@ViciousI35: Following Evil MoPac’s suit, Vicious I-35 joined the social media game in August. It identifies as “the clogged artery to Austin, Texas’ heart.” Right now, the account has a measly 39 followers but we’ll be looking to see if it achieves the same popularity as it’s counterpart to the west.
@Austin_Cobra: The story of the Austin Cobra is a bit difficult to tell. The parody account’s inception began with a tragedy where an 18-year-old man died of a snake bite from his monocled cobra that got loose. It showed up in a parking lot in North Austin before meeting its death on I-35. But one day later, Austin Cobra — a monocled cobra sporting a literal monocle — appeared on Twitter.
Austin Cobra’s jokes usually center around subtly-threatening remarks about showing up in Austin locations, snake boots and ending snake stereotypes. The account even had an enemy named the Austin Mongoose, but he doesn’t seem to be active on Twitter anymore.
110 people move to Austin everyday, but 1 cobra moves here and everyone is freaking out #descrimination
@atxhipsters: This account is less of a parody and more of a strange gimmick. The Twitter bio says it’s “a team of fake hipsters that stalk Austin bloggers” — and that’s a pretty spot on description. The account almost religiously re-tweets articles from various publications all around Austin. It might not be teeming with jokes, but it’ll keep you updated on what’s happening around the city.
@MayorAdlerGNR: Not Mayor Adler embodies what none of us can quite get past — Mayor Steve Adler totally shares the same name as the former drummer of Guns N’ Roses. Since December, Not Mayor Adler has simultaneously pretended to be the Austin mayor and the drummer. Here’s Austin’s Adler on his connection to the ’80s rock band.
@FartAcevedo: Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo’s got his own gassy counterpart on Twitter named Fart Acevedo. Whether the name is pure genius or excruciatingly juvenile, the account’s bio says “Not to be confused with the Art Acevedo. But I’m Cuban, I’m police and I have gas. Really, really bad gas. Excuse me.” And that about sums up the whole account. Nearly every tweet is related to Acevedo and farting. Honestly, it’s a bit weak.
Hey all you punks out there on dirty 6th Street, ya better behave or I'll hold you down and give you the old Cubano Tootano.
Hasn’t it felt like a maze you couldn’t find your way out of all along?
Texas’ Dewberry Farm in Brookshire has introduced something else you can struggle to navigate through this election cycle — a Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton-themed corn maze. A quick glance at an overhead picture tells us Trump’s hair is just as confusing to make sense of when it’s made of corn.
Between the two corn-candidates, capturing most voters confusion, are three large question marks and “#Nooo!”
The owner of the farm, Mary Emerson, told Click2Houston that her and her husband design a political-themed maze every four years. The maze, which is set to open for the season Sept. 24, is about 8 acres and should take about an hour to complete. But if it’s anything like this election — you’ll be stuck in it infinitely.