Moving into the city from another locale? Coming to Austin on vacation? Traveling to us for a business conference? Whatever your reason for visiting Austin, Texas, chances are you'll find yourself wanting a little more information about the city, whether it's the concentration of lead products in the drinking water or how to get to the mall by bus. Our little article is far too small to give you all the answers you need, but we can direct you to the best people to ask your questions.
On the Net
A general overview of the city, its people, economy, history, and geography can be found at www.wikipedia.com, which is most people's first and only stop on the information highway. Those who are looking for more in depth statistics on Austin would be better off heading over to www.citydata.com, where you'll find numbers on population, employment, nutrient management services, schools, and more. There's also the added bonus of a few photos and graphical comparisons between Austin and the rest of Texas.
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Visitors to Austin looking for the best places to eat or a mall where you can buy a new license plate cover will be best served by the tourism page, www.austintexas.org, while those who are moving to the city will find the City of Austin page more helpful. It's got all your utilities, emergency, public transit, development, parks, neighborhood, and city council information. You can find it at www.ci.austin.tx.us.
If you know the name of the person or retailer you're trying to reach, the nationwide 4-1-1 network can provide you with the telephone number for a small fee. Those who don't know what they want or who don't want to cash in their precious metal funds to pay for their phone bills can rely on city info numbers. All of them are in the 512 area code. Flight information is 530-2242. All About Austin is 974-7480. The public transit arrival times can be heard on 474-1200 and information on routes gained at 389-7475.
Applying to the tourism bureau is the best bet for out of towners who want printed material to leaf through. For those already in the city, the tourism information center and the lobbies of most hotels are a collection point for city event related freebie magazines and pamphlets for local attractions. If you're looking for these pamphlet havens, just follow the question mark signs or look at the words for walls that say "visitors."