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View Poll Results: Will Houston surpass Chicago as the 3rd largest city by 2020?
Yes 473 41.35%
No 671 58.65%
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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What exactly does this mean? There's plenty of areas available for high density development in Chicago.
I said in comparison.
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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What exactly does this mean? There's plenty of areas available for high density development in Chicago.
Absolutely. If that poster is from the sunbelt, all they know is "sprawl", which would probably explain his/her train of thought. Little do they know that up here we build UP. Er, at least Chicago does.

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Old 05-16-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Absolutely. If theyre in the sunbelt, all they know is "sprawl", which would probably explain his/her train of thought.
I guess so! Looks like it might keep sprawling out. Only the Gulf Coast is blocking the way. After it's built out all the way, then it might build up. I wonder what the math is on that!
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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I said in comparison.
Comparison to what? Houston? Perhaps in terms a square mileage, since Houston covers twice the geographic area of Chicago. Still, it'd be fairly easy for Chicago to house another million or so people given the large amount of undeveloped and underutilized land with utilities already in place in close proximity to rail transit, the south lake front, and the Loop. We're not talking about evicting people and tearing down houses, we're talking vacant lots with sewer lines, roads, and electricity already laid out.
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Comparison to what? Houston? Perhaps in terms a square mileage, since Houston covers twice the geographic area of Chicago. Still, it'd be fairly easy for Chicago to house another million or so people given the large amount of undeveloped and underutilized land with utilities already in place in close proximity to rail transit, the south lake front, and the Loop. We're not talking about evicting people and tearing down houses, we're talking vacant lots with sewer lines, roads, and electricity already laid out.
Well, you just made my point. I don't think Houston will pass Chicago by 2020, but afterwards who knows.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Well, you just made my point. I don't think Houston will pass Chicago by 2020, but afterwards who knows.
I'm sorry, what exactly was your point? That Houston had more square miles than Chicago? I don't think anybody would dispute that. Its also got more square mileage than NYC. So I suppose its inevitable that Houston surpasses NYC in population. Only 6 million to go. By that argument, Anchorage, AK (1,900 square miles) should overtake NYC, Chicago, LA, and Houston some day.
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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Does anyone know any towns comparable to Lombard, IL in the greater Houston area?
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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I'm sorry, what exactly was your point? That Houston had more square miles than Chicago? I don't think anybody would dispute that. Its also got more square mileage than NYC. So I suppose its inevitable that Houston surpasses NYC in population. Only 6 million to go. By that argument, Anchorage, AK (1,900 square miles) should overtake NYC, Chicago, LA, and Houston some day.
That's exactly my point.

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Old 05-16-2008, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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No, my point is that Houston is growing faster than Chicago, so stop acting like it isn't.

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Old 05-16-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Yes the population is growing a greater rate now but that doesn't mean it will continue to indefinitely. Houston isn't built for high density living, Chicago is. Chicago is gaining back it's population and has the infrastructure to gain more. It's silly to say that Houston is definitely going to maintain its currently level growth 15/20 years down the line.
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