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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 10-30-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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Oh, percentage wise, but raw numbers, Phoenix isn't. Still, don't try to grasp onto the percentage numbers because don't mean much. There are so many suburbs (even Houston suburbs), that are growing faster (numbers wise), than many of America's largest cities.
I wonder how are they going to grow with the dwindling supply of the Colorado River? Even L.A. is concerned. There is plenty of water in German Texas (the stretch of land between SA/Austin and Houston).
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Houston is never going to run out of water. There is plenty around the metro area. Lake Conroe, Lake Houston, and Lake Livingston all serve the Houston area. There is also water underground throughout the metro that the city pumps up. If needed, more lakes (maybe a Lake Fulshear) can be dug out.
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:00 PM
 
Location: In God
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Houston is not a blue city by any means. Houston is still very much a Southern city and that can be felt.
Seperate populations don't matter. What matters is the fact that the City of Houston is a blue city. It's a democratic voting city. It's a city with numerous gay districts. You don't get much bluer than that.

I can't even remember the last republican mayor in the city.
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:05 PM
 
Location: In God
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Big oil won't be around forever, though...
Houston is much much more than just oil. Let's get that out of the way now.

So for those of you looking for a Houston bust, keep looking.
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It is amazing how many people still think Houston is just oil when less than half of its economy relies on it.
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Wheaton
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It's possible..But a lot of the sunbelt cities are running out of water. Chicago is well positioned to take advantage of this long term. Will be interesting.
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Old 10-30-2007, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Too bad Houston isn't running out of water.
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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Shall I show you the picture of the San Jacinto watershed:

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Old 10-31-2007, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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Metro wise it is. But DFW's metro is growing even faster than Houston's.

I don't see Houston getting bigger than Chicago anytime soon. If anything maybe by 2040 or 2050.

I guess we can't really say until we look at the official 2010 estimates.
The Dallas/Ft.Worth are will beat Chicago as a larger Metro area, But Houston will beat Chicago, but only in population. Certainly not culturally, or anything that really matters.
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Henderson NV
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Houston is much much more than just oil. Let's get that out of the way now.

So for those of you looking for a Houston bust, keep looking.
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It is amazing how many people still think Houston is just oil when less than half of its economy relies on it.
No one's looking for a bust, but Houston is the energy capital of the world. (Or so I keep hearing here) So, are we talking SOLAR, WIND, GEOTHERMAL, NUCLEAR, BIOFUEL, WHAT? Oil...
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