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A shooting yesterday morning. This isn't supposed to happen here.… - Equiraptor's Journal
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A shooting yesterday morning.

This isn't supposed to happen here. Not in Austin, and certainly not across the street from my parent's house. That used to be on my way home from work, and is almost on my way to work now. *sigh*

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shah_andre From: shah_andre Date: December 11th, 2003 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that has to be hard to accept, having something of that nature hitting so close to home. I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, hearing about murders in town just about everyday, so I was somewhat desensitized to it before moving to rural Georgia. But here, when someone is killed, it's a major event because it just doesn't happen...not here, like you said.
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shah_andre From: shah_andre Date: December 11th, 2003 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
How exactly might one qualify that statement? Jacksonville is a metropolitan area, rural Southern Georgia is highly agricultural in its makeup. Jacksonville is really not the urban core for this area, either, as most people in South Georgia would call Atlanta the core. So how might your statement work?
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shah_andre From: shah_andre Date: December 11th, 2003 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got that it was a joke. I'm probably in an overly analytical mood, though, because I took a philosophy final exam this morning and the hangover from it hasn't yet left me. As for Jacksonville, you're right about it not being as metropolitan incomparison to other cities its size; as population goes, it is not that dense at all, given that the city limits extend through about 600 square miles; it its sprawl isn't anything like Dallas or Atlanta, that much is clear to me. Culturally, I would agree to a certain extent that the similarities are significant between rural Georgia and 'metro' Jax, but the city does have a few flavors that you won't find out here in the sticks.

What are things like in Austin? I've not yet had the occasion to pass through there. As a college town, I would assume that it's probably more diverse than my town here in Georgia; but how would it compare to Jacksonville, if we can use that as the common link?
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shah_andre From: shah_andre Date: December 11th, 2003 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can only admit to having passed through both Dallas and Houston. Actually, I've only set foot in Texas to refuel and keep driving. So my experience is quite limited--but enough to recognize the urban sprawl in both of those towns.
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: December 12th, 2003 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to a city that's getting big. :(

That's right by my office, btw. I think it's across Mopac from me.

We really need to get our CHLs...
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