Texas Monthly dubs Austin its 2023 ‘Bum Steer of the Year’

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In its toast to the “dopes, villains, and terrible ideas that bedeviled our beloved state over the past twelve months,” Texas Monthly crowned the city of Austin its 2023 Bum Steer of the Year. Previous years’ winners included Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Democratic Party and former Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen.

In the article, Texas Monthly said the hundreds of thousands expected to join the metro area in the next 10 years to fulfill jobs at Tesla, Oracle and other companies join those who’ve already moved to the region. The article condemned the city’s skyrocketing costs of living as a byproduct of Austin becoming a “tech-bro theme park.”

It comes as the city is grappling with intense affordability concerns. Recent reporting from Realtor.com found Austin’s real estate scene is likely to become a “nobody’s market,” unfriendly to both buyers and sellers.

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