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Old 11-02-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Houston is the underdog because its easily THE most diverse city in the Southern United States. I always love treating first time visitors through the city's vibrant cultural districts & seeing their eyes light up & jaws drop to the floor.
What vibrant cultural districts?
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I am not saying Houston has nothing to offer or no culture I am just saying it does not have a big cultural image like older cities or even a newer city like Los Angeles. I mean this in a constructive criticism kind of way, this is one of the reasons that some people scoff at talk of people trash talking Chicago because Houston is catching up in population. As it stands today Houston has nowhere near the cultural image that Chicago has. I would say that among the big three (NYC, LA and Chicago) Chicago would be the underdog in cultural reputation but as far as Chicago is from NYC that is how far Houston is from Chicago in terms of it's cultural image. If you want to look at that general region of the south one city with a very big cultural image would be New Orleans for obvious reasons, it is in fact much smaller than Houston but everyone knows what New Orleans culture is. When Los Angeles eclipsed Chicago in population at least it was a city with an already very strong cultural image. All Houston really has going for it is population alone. When you mention Houston to most people they just think "Texas, cowboys, oil, maybe NASA", that really is pretty weak sauce compared to the big three.
I've already made an entire post, clearly pointing out to you why these things are true. Did even bother reading it?

Again, it isn't Houston's responsibility to educate you on the local culture. Turn off the television, and discover it for yourself.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:05 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Now that I think about it, aside from the large skyline, deep dish pizza, hot dogs, and the sports teams, what is this local culture of Chicago that MOST people are very familiar with?
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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What vibrant cultural districts?
Chinatown (Bellaire), Little India/Pakistan (Harwin), Montrose (Gay & Lesbian), Midtown (Little Saigon), Spring Branch (Korea Town)
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Chinatown (Bellaire), Little India/Pakistan (Harwin), Montrose (Gay & Lesbian), Midtown (Little Saigon), Spring Branch (Korea Town)
Aren't there two Chinatowns in Houston? The one on Bellaire doesn't seem very distinct. Harwin is alright. I haven't been in and out of Midtown very frequently but I never got that feeling when I go. All in all, my jaw has never dropped. Montrose/Neartown is really nice but I still haven't felt like I was in an area known for gays and lesbians.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Aren't there two Chinatowns in Houston? The one on Bellaire doesn't seem very distinct. Harwin is alright. I haven't been in and out of Midtown very frequently but I never got that feeling when I go. All in all, my jaw has never dropped. Montrose/Neartown is really nice but I still haven't felt like I was in an area known for gays and lesbians.
Because it's not; it's more of a center for the artsy/liberal types and much more yuppified now.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: The City
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Is there really an argument now that Houston offers the variety and quality of cultural offerings than Chicago has. While Houston is imporving and IS likely underrated in this regard these are the same notions that create and draw the hairy eyeball. I HAVE experienced both extensively and yes there is no question today which far exceeds of the offerings of the other.

Racial diversity is one thing but remember even if the percentage mix may tilt toward Houston (and Chicago is diverse in the first place) the absolutes in Chicago far exceed that Houston.

On cultural offerings, seriously...

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Old 11-02-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Montrose/Neartown is really nice but I still haven't felt like I was in an area known for gays and lesbians.
You must have been in the wrong montrose. A little walk down Pacific gets you tons of catcalls and whistles and guys asking you odd things.

You must not be sexy. lol. just kidding.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Is there really an argument now that Houston offers the variety and quality of cultural offerings that Chicago has. While Houston is imporving and IS likely underrated in this regard these are the same notions that create and draw the hairy eyeball. I HAVE experienced both extensively and yes there is no question today which far exceeds of the offerings of the other.

Racial diversity is one thing but remember even if the percentage mix may tilt toward Houston (and Chicago is diverse in the first place) the absolutes in Chicago far exceed that Houston.

On cultural offerings, seriously...
Houston will over take Chicago in city population & D/FW will over take Chicago's metro population at the current growth rate of all 3 cities.

That is what we're getting at here.

All you have to do is look at the numbers.

Houston & D/FW are trailing Chicago by a small margin. Its just a matter of time before that gap is closed.

Just like how Houston passed up Philly not long ago.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: The City
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Houston will over take Chicago in city population & D/FW will over take Chicago's metro population at the current growth rate of all 3 cities.

That is what we're getting at here.


And SA and Austin will overtake both based on the current rate, see what I did there
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