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Old 10-29-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Take Houston and Boston out of that and Ill agree.
You take out Houston; you're taking out American's largest sector for energy and oil. You can play this whole Dallas and Houston are even (In importance), but they really aren't. Houston doesn't recieve much more Homeland Security Funding and ranked in the Tier 1 witH NYC,CHI,BOS,LA,SF and DC for funding for nothing.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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You take out Houston; you're taking out American's largest sector for energy and oil. You can play this whole Dallas and Houston are even (In importance), but they really aren't. Houston doesn't recieve much more Homeland Security Funding and ranked in the Tier 1 witH NYC,CHI,BOS,LA,SF and DC for funding for nothing.
Wow dont you watch any movies if we have a nuclear armageddon were going to be throng back to the stone ages we wont need it will be using sticks and fire . lol
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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1)NYC
2)LA
3)DC
4)Chicago
5)Miami
6)SF
7)Atlanta
8)Houston
9)Boston
10)Hmmm...Dallas/Seattle/Philly?
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Denver
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You take out Houston; you're taking out American's largest sector for energy and oil. You can play this whole Dallas and Houston are even (In importance), but they really aren't. Houston doesn't recieve much more Homeland Security Funding and ranked in the Tier 1 witH NYC,CHI,BOS,LA,SF and DC for funding for nothing.
Not to mention the medical research/high-tech/biotech sectors in the Boston area. Both Boston and Houston are home to very important sectors in our country.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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Boston and Houston are HUGE bio-tech centers.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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You can play this whole Dallas and Houston are even (In importance), but they really aren't.
Houston may be slightly more important than the metroplex, but they are close. Its just a different type of importance. Whereas Houston is exceptionally important in one or two things but not really important in much else, a place like Atlanta or Dallas is simply important in a whole range of things even if they arent number one at one thing. Their economies are close in size and their populations are similar.

You need a reality check on two issues:

1) You group Houston with New York and LA for how bad things would be if they were wipped out. No way. It would be difficult for any major metro to be eliminated, but Houston does not quite have that status. Houston is a lot closer to Dallas, Boston, Atlanta, and Philly in importance than it is to New York or LA.

2) Do you remember Hurricane Katrina? The whole country went into an economic tail spin that was felt from coast to coast. Gas rose to record levels, consumer confidence tanked, many people died, the gambleing, tourist, and agricultral industries suffered. And that was from only New Orleans and parts of Mississippi being taken out. Yet you think Atlanta, Dallas, or Philly being taken out would not be hard to overcome?
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Houston may be slightly more important than the metroplex, but they are close. Its just a different type of importance. Whereas Houston is exceptionally important in one or two things but not really important in much else, a place like Atlanta or Dallas is simply important in a whole range of things even if they arent number one at one thing. Their economies are close in size and their populations are similar.
Can you explain a little bit about which industries Dallas thrives in?

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2) Do you remember Hurricane Katrina? The whole country went into an economic tail spin that was felt from coast to coast. Gas rose to record levels, consumer confidence tanked, many people died, the gambleing, tourist, and agricultral industries suffered. And that was from only New Orleans and parts of Mississippi being taken out. Yet you think Atlanta, Dallas, or Philly being taken out would not be hard to overcome?
Do you think Boston and Houston wouldn't be hard to overcome?

Also, you gave some reasons as to why Houston shouldn't be included on the list...how about Boston?
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Can you explain a little bit about which industries Dallas thrives in?

Do you think Boston and Houston wouldn't be hard to overcome?

Also, you gave some reasons as to why Houston shouldn't be included on the list...how about Boston?
To answer your question about Dallas, telecom/high tech (Dallas is the center of the Silicon Prarie), energy, manufacturing, transportation, finance, media, communications, agricultural, food and beverage, etc.

These are all things that Dallas is not #1, but these are things that Dallas excels in. Thats how the DFW area is. They dont do anything best, but they do almost everything well.

Yes, of course Boston and Houston would be very hard to over come, but in no way do they belong up there with New York, LA, or Chicago on any scale of importance. That was my point.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Houston Inner Loop
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[quote=justme02;16451219]Houston may be slightly more important than the metroplex, but they are close. Its just a different type of importance. Whereas Houston is exceptionally important in one or two things but not really important in much else, a place like Atlanta or Dallas is simply important in a whole range of things even if they arent number one at one thing. Their economies are close in size and their populations are similar.

You need a reality check on two issues:

1) You group Houston with New York and LA for how bad things would be if they were wipped out. No way. It would be difficult for any major metro to be eliminated, but Houston does not quite have that status. Houston is a lot closer to Dallas, Boston, Atlanta, and Philly in importance than it is to New York or LA.quote]

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Don't forget that 1/4 of the U.S.'s refining capacity and petrochemical infrastructure (not to mention the 2nd larget seaport) are in the Houston Metro. Trust me. If key pipelines are taken out the country will grind to a halt for many, many months. No, other areas won't just "take the slack" if the Houston petrochemical complex is damaged. In particular, forget about heating the Northeast in winter and no, no taxis in NYC will be able to get gas for some time. And, yes, I work in the O&G industry.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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To answer your question about Dallas, telecom/high tech (Dallas is the center of the Silicon Prarie), energy, manufacturing, transportation, finance, media, communications, agricultural, food and beverage, etc.

These are all things that Dallas is not #1, but these are things that Dallas excels in. Thats how the DFW area is. They dont do anything best, but they do almost everything well.

Yes, of course Boston and Houston would be very hard to over come, but in no way do they belong up there with New York, LA, or Chicago on any scale of importance. That was my point.
Ok, but is there one industry that Dallas excels at that would make it indispensable?

I don't think he was necessarily saying Boston & Houston were on the same level as NYC, LA, or Chicago...but it has been generally accepted by many on the site that the Top 7 cities in the nation are probably NYC, LA, Chi, DC, SF, Hou, and Bos.
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