Austin in 2014: Achievements, Awards and Eye-Rolls

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Possibly our most dubious achievement of 2014 was canceling New Years because of rain and cold in the weather forecast yesterday morning. OK, so it may be true that we won’t go out if we can’t wear shorts, but the new year came just the same, fireworks and all. Goodbye to 2014, and welcome to 2015!

Follow the slideshow and check out some of Austin’s better moments in 2014…

1. The Year in Tacos

Eater Austin chronicled the biggest stories in Taco-ville. 2014 Highlights for Austin Taco-seekers.
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2. Forbes Top 25 Places to Retire

Retirees and empty nesters take advantage of new opportunities when children move on and careers are either over or transitioning to something new. Austin satisfies the active, youthful lifestyle people of all ages crave.

3. Biggest Story in Austin Business Journal

The new Dell and Seton medical teaching and research hospital broke ground this year and will enroll its first class by 2017, a boon to the medical and biotechnology industry in Austin. The Business Journal identified it as the most read story of 2014.

4. Dog Fancy Wags for Austin

Calling it the best city for dogs in 2014, the most widely read dog magazine voted Austin two paws up for Austin’s dog friendly atmosphere, dog accessibility (restaurants and parks), and its No-Kill policy.

5. Austin Moms’ “Bucket List” for 2014

This sweet blog post culled ideas for excursions from several Austin mom-bloggers. Even some women who have lives here their entire lives discovered something new.  Livemom shares revelations about best “new/old” moments in Austin in 2014.

6. Austin Monthly’s Best New Restaurants of 2014

This year’s list includes a couple of food trucks. Fine dining, easy access — what more could you want in a casual foodie city?

7. UT Tower lit up orange over 30 times in 2014…

Here’s a list of all the occasions…as of mid December 2014. Did you know the lights came on that often?

8. Best Market For Real Estate Investing

According to Local Market Monitor and Homevestors of America, Austin tops the list for one of the hottest markets to buy a house, for investing and/or living.

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