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Old 08-21-2017, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I would pick Boston. I think it's a great, dense city.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:09 PM
 
Location: The Gold Coast, Chicago
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I should preface this with you couldn't pay me a zillion dollars to live in Houston, but I've lived in Austin and visit Dallas frequently. I have a lot of friends who grew up in Houston.

Boston is a great city. Very different from Houston. You don't need a car in Boston and the idea of driving everywhere is partly what turns me off about Houston... also how can a city be the same size as the whole state of Rhode Island...

Boston has everything Houston has plus some in terms of sports teams, culture etc... but it has the added bonus of being closed to the mountains so skiing can be a day trip. I know that my friends from Houston love being so close to skiing.
Yup, polar opposites, weather-wise, culturally, and logistically.

Houston: You need a car (sprawling, driving city)
Boston: You have no need for a car; you have great walkability and public transit (compact, walking city)

Houston: Boiling hot year-round
Boston: Four seasons

Houston: Southern and Mexican culture
Boston: Italian and Irish culture

Houston: No foot traffic
Boston: Quite a bit of foot traffic

Give me Beantown down.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:12 PM
 
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Combined, Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/Chelsea/Everett/Malden/ has a population density topping 14,000/ sq mile. Combined, those communities are interrupted by the Mystic and Charles River and inner Harbor; just slightly larger than SF in land but about equal in population, but with considerable transit capacity in reserve. During the college school year, density increases to just shy of 20,000/ sq mi, topping residential + student population density for SF.

Of course, what sets SF apart is Oakland and Daly City. Boston is roughly 20 years behind SF in scale and density, but on a similar linear trajectory of San Francisco in the mid-90s. That gap is narrowing just a bit. Boston is getting sharply denser. Currently, Boston and the surrounding core has more construction approved or underway than SF.....

Boston construction (partial list);

Development Map and Chart - Page 7 - archBOSTON.org
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Yup, polar opposites, weather-wise, culturally, and logistically.

Houston: You need a car (sprawling, driving city)
Boston: You have no need for a car; you have great walkability and public transit (compact, walking city)

Houston: Boiling hot year-round
Boston: Four seasons

Houston: Southern and Mexican culture
Boston: Italian and Irish culture

Houston: No foot traffic
Boston: Quite a bit of foot traffic

Give me Beantown down.


These are the type of lies people sell on here. It's like saying Chicago is frozen all year. Let me know when it's boiling all year in January in Houston.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:53 PM
 
Location: The Gold Coast, Chicago
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These are the type of lies people sell on here. It's like saying Chicago is frozen all year. Let me know when it's boiling all year in January in Houston.
OK, haha, I was wrong on that one, but I stand by everything else I said. Summers are brutally hawt, though!
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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I'm from Austin, Texas. Visit Houston frequently (for family reasons). Every time I leave Houston, I THANK GOD I live in Boston. Weather: It gets cold in the winter and snows. I may be wrong, but I thought that's what's supposed to happen in winter. Houston v. Boston: Boston, no question. DO expect to pay more for everything (especially housing).
That is a eurocentric stereotype. More than half of the world doesn't see snow in the winter.

If people in Panama or Vietnam saw snow, they would freak out
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:50 AM
 
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Houston: Less Corrupt!
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:14 AM
 
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That is a eurocentric stereotype. More than half of the world doesn't see snow in the winter.

If people in Panama or Vietnam saw snow, they would freak out
Half the world doesn't see hundred degree days or 100% humidity. I somebody in Norway saw a flash thunderstorm 3 times a week they'd probably freak out. Everybody is used to their own weather.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:10 AM
 
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I'd take Houston over Boston by a fairly wide margin. Much better weather, better housing, better food, you don't have to live in a box. Definitely Houston for me.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I've been to Houston a number of times. I've found that it is difficult to see the charms of Houston without getting a tour of the city by someone who lives there. The first time I went down there I assumed the whole city was strip-malls, generic high-rises and bland suburbs (my view from the massive highways). Houston's lack of walkability make it tricky to explore, but there are some terrific areas (I love the area around Rice University).

I still pick Eastern Mass/Boston for a number of reasons:

1.) Best K-12 education in the country
2.) Best higher education in the country (at the very least best concentration of elite universities)
3.) Access to the beautiful greater New England area (beaches, skiing, hiking, sailing)
4.) The Boston metro area has a very low crime rate
5.) There is almost universal health care coverage (healthy means happy)
6.) Access to excellent public transportation (by American standards)
7.) History/Culture/Charm (other intangibles)
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