From now on, we have to dial 10 digits — the area code plus the seven-digit phone number — to make a local call. Such is the price of growth, and the consequent arrival of a second area code in Central Texas.
It’s a trivial price to pay, those 10 digits. Residents who complain that Austin is turning into Dallas (or Houston) every time the city experiences change undoubtedly will grumble, but 10-digit dialing should quickly become habit and can hardly be called an inconvenience. Growth has its share of big negatives, like skyrocketing housing prices and ever-worsening traffic congestion. A new area code is nothing.
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