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Old 12-29-2010, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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At the recently opened farmers market outside Houston’s City Hall, Laura Spanjian, the city’s peppy new sustainability director, was in her element. With a reusable cloth bag tucked under her arm, she bounded around the colorful cluster of stands, shaking hands and pointing out vendors — raw foods! local ingredients! grass-fed Texas beef! — as a Latin band played.
If this does not sound like Houston’s style, well, get used to it. The nation’s fourth-largest city, the sprawling capital of the oil industry, has recently embarked on a variety of green initiatives in an effort to keep up with the times and, it hopes, save money.



The local food craze is the most visible of these efforts, with the opening of the weekly farmers market in October and the planting of nearby Michelle Obama-style vegetable gardens tended by city hall staff members. But Houston is also transforming itself into an electric-car hub, a national leader in wind-power investment and an advocate for energy efficiency.
“It’s a city rethinking what it needs to be successful,” said Stephen Klineberg, co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/us...ewanted=1&_r=1

Houston = Oil ? Not anymore, the city changed and evolved ! It's an old cliché, and the famous New York Times saw the New Houston !
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Ummm , no.....build me a world class transit system....well have usage.....make the city dense.....then come back to me about a green city. This is what the 7th Texas ego thread you opened today.....yikes eat some cheese and drink some wine slow down....
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Ummm , no.....build me a world class transit system....well have usage.....make the city dense.....then come back to me about a green city. This is what the 7th Texas ego thread you opened today.....yikes eat some cheese and drink some wine slow down....
Screw Texas. I actually like to learn about my city though.

So let me get this straight something something something yadda yadda yadda, FARMERS MARKET! (WTF is a Farmers Market by the way?)
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:44 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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Houston has what, 3 or 4 beltway ring highways, but no plans for any mass transit system ?
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Ummm , no.....build me a world class transit system....well have usage.....make the city dense.....then come back to me about a green city. This is what the 7th Texas ego thread you opened today.....yikes eat some cheese and drink some wine slow down....
High density is disgusting, we're humans,not ants
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:14 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Houston does have a lot of trees, but I am pretty sure they were there first.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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High density is disgusting, we're humans,not ants
How many of the world's greatest cities are low-density all the way from the city to the 'burbs?
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:45 PM
 
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Seriously though you're obsessed with Texas
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Seriously though you're obsessed with Texas
Me?
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:56 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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High density is disgusting, we're humans,not ants
Says the guy that is happy that the South is being highly overdeveloped and that the United States is supposed to increase by 30 million people in just 10 years.

I thought someone recently posted a thread about DALLAS being the city that is developing a huge park? Houston being green, I am less sure of.
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