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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 492 41.62%
No 690 58.38%
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Hopefully demand comes soon. It's a shame to see this area not being utilized.
Not as much of a shame as the Chicago Spire being canceled.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Not as much of a shame as the Chicago Spire being canceled.
I'm actually happy it's cancelled. I thought the location of the tower was all wrong, and it would have been a detriment to the skyline. Also the fact that it looks like a massive female-pleasuring device doesn't earn it any points.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I'm actually happy it's cancelled. I thought the location of the tower was all wrong, and it would have been a detriment to the skyline. Also the fact that it looks like a massive female-pleasuring device doesn't earn it any points.
LOL! You mean to a guy it doesn't.

Anyways, it's not canceled, it's just on hold, but it's not looking too good for it either.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Denver
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LOL! You mean to a guy it doesn't.
Huh?
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Huh?
Lol, I meant that a guy wouldn't have any interest in it's design after reading your description for it.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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^ LOL! What? Houston officially is 600,000-800,000 (Somewhere in that range) still behind Chicago. What do you mean if everyone filled out the census it would surpass Chicago?

Metaphorically, the census people literally go through each city and count every human soul living there, even the hobos. Lol.
I will not be surprised if Chicago surpasses 3 million in this coming census.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I will not be surprised if Chicago surpasses 3 million in this coming census.
I actually have a feeling that it's going to happen too, either that or it'll come pretty damn close to it!
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I will not be surprised if Chicago surpasses 3 million in this coming census.
I'd love to see this happen, but I think we'll be somewhere in between 2.9 million and 3 million.

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Yes, Chicago actually does have a large amount of land, that in theory, could be developed. Most of the South-East side of the city is industrial areas that no longer serve a purpose, Parts of the near west side and west side are also largely underdeveloped. Is it as much land as Houston? No way. Is it going to be developed? Doubt it, but it does exist.
Chicago's most severely abandoned areas have little to no chance for revival in any of our lifetimes. There's little to no access to public transit, and the cost for knocking the crumbling buildings and infrastructure and replacing them with new ones would be astronomical. The closest thing that could possibly happen in our lifetimes would be the construction of a new airport down there, which again, I doubt will happen.
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Lol, I meant that a guy wouldn't have any interest in it's design after reading your description for it.
Haha, yea I guess not...I'd much rather Waterview Tower be built than the Spire. Looks a lot less like a wang and more like a skyscraper I'd like to live in.
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:40 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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Just a few blocks south of the Loop (chicago - Google Maps) there's a former rail yard that is slated for development when the economy turns around.

There's 500 acres on the south lakefront that used to be a huge steel mill (chicago - Google Maps) There are plans for development into an entirely new neighborhood. (Chicago, Illinois: USX South Works Redevelopment Plan)

Will it happen? Who knows. There's definitely plenty of brownfield sites which could be developed if the demand was there. Aside from these essentially blank-slate large scale projects, there's huge areas on the south and west side where every other building has been torn down. Some infill occurred during the bubble of the past few years, but there's plenty more left. Its just a matter of generating demand.
That's really good. I'd like to see Chicago redevelop some of its older sides.
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