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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 492 41.55%
No 692 58.45%
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:16 PM
 
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Thanks. Is that term only used in Chicago or other places? It sounds very prestigious.
No I've heard towns in TX use the term alderman. The term doesn't get used very often. I assume it's one of those older terms that hardly anybody uses any more. These days everybody just says city council.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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I really liked Rick Casey's column today noting the similarities between Houston and Chicago, something I've noted before here.
Chicago fans may not be aware of it, but when they come to Houston this week they will be visiting their younger brother.
Houston is, in so many ways, a strapping adolescent version of Chicago.
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Consider some similarities:
  • •Both are cities that work. Despite traffic problems (you wouldn't swap rush hour on the Katy Freeway for rush hour on the Dan Ryan Expressway), these are cities where the trash gets picked up, the police control crowds and things get built.
  • •Both are cities for workers. As I've noted before, Mayor Bill White talks about Houston as a city where nobody comes to retire. The same is true of Chicago. They are places of ambition, whether for blue-collar workers, entrepreneurs or executives.
  • •Both have, by design, strong mayors. They want their elected leaders to be able to get things done. Both are Democratic cities in Republican states.
  • Both are great immigrant cities. Chicago was a magnet in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to hundreds of thousands of Poles, Czechs, Italians, Irish and others. Houston is today attracting hundreds of thousands of Asians, Latin Americans, Africans and others. ...
  • Both are great restaurant towns. We have fabulous high-dollar restaurants because there is plenty of money to support them and wonderful inexpensive restaurants because of the immigrants.
Where I think I'd disagree with Rick is on characterizing Houston as an "adolescent" in comparison to Chicago. I'd characterize Chicago as an older gentleman: moderately healthy, but past his prime and beginning a genteel decline (at least decline relative to fast-growth cities in the south and west). It's certainly in better shape than most of its Midwestern brethern, but that's not saying much. It's the slow-growth capital of a stagnant and even declining region as its industrial base migrates around the world. (imho, bankrupt GM-supplier Delphi asking for 2/3 pay cuts (!) while GM and Ford lose billions is the beginning of a very painful reckoning for the high-pay union-labor manufacturing base of the Midwest).

In my mind, Houston's adolescence and young adulthood was from the NASA and Astrodome 60s through the urban-cowboy, oil-boom days of the 70s and very early 80s. We're now more like a 30-something: still young, but much more mature - and still a good distance from our peak.
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:48 PM
 
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Nice article
Yeah I agree.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:35 AM
 
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Neat article. I know folks from Chicago who have moved to Houston and they say it wasn't really that big of an adjustment for them aside from the climate differences. They did say they felt Houston was a tad more laid back but I think it's all relative.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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Neat article. I know folks from Chicago who have moved to Houston and they say it wasn't really that big of an adjustment for them aside from the climate differences. They did say they felt Houston was a tad more laid back but I think it's all relative.
There's not that much of a difference. Most big cities are about the same. Usually when I go to other cities I feel they're all about the same.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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There's not that much of a difference. Most big cities are about the same. Usually when I go to other cities I feel they're all about the same.
Funny, I think most small towns are just as or more similar than bigger cities. I think you should visit NYC and then someplace like Jacksonville, FL or Houston and tell me they're the same.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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As far as population inside the city limits, yes.

As far as MSA (metro area population) which includes the suburbs, no.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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houston will pass chicago at some point i mean the city is spread out over 579 square miles. you could fit ten minneapolises in houston and you would still have 29 square miles to spare.
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Old 05-22-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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There's not that much of a difference. Most big cities are about the same. Usually when I go to other cities I feel they're all about the same.
They're not alike at all if you live in one of the higher density nabes in Chicago.

It's a different experience living in a more urban neighborhood in Chicago, Boston, SF than it is in Houston or Atlanta.

Not better or worse, just very different.
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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Consider some similarities:
•"Both are cities that work. Despite traffic problems (you wouldn't swap rush hour on the Katy Freeway for rush hour on the Dan Ryan Expressway), these are cities where the trash gets picked up, the police control crowds and things get built. "

Cities that work? Maybe they control the crowds but the crime in Chicago is bad and much worse than in LA or NYC. Check the FBI's stats.


•"Both are cities for workers. As I've noted before, Mayor Bill White talks about Houston as a city where nobody comes to retire. The same is true of Chicago. They are places of ambition, whether for blue-collar workers, entrepreneurs or executives. "

Nobody comes to retire to any really big city in America. That's not just a similarity between Chicago and Houston.


•"Both have, by design, strong mayors. They want their elected leaders to be able to get things done. Both are Democratic cities in Republican states."

Is Illinois really a Republican state? Since when?

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