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Old 07-12-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Originally Posted by At1WithNature View Post
Well, I know for one, that I am leaving Chicago within 2 years. I am moving out West...

Illinois sucks as a state because Chicago runs its politics and Chicago is filled with leaches to society, horrible pension funds, horrible unions, people without value for life, a plethora of no real education in the K-12 sector, leaders who are in prison, corruption, crime off the charts...Chicago is on a fast track to be the next Detroit. It's horribly run.
Irrelevant point...?

 
Old 07-12-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Sunbelt
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As long as Houston has the niche economy of energy as well as other diverse economies, it will always be in the conversion. I do think at some point, most residents of Houston will start care even less about their city's population number or where their population rank is.
FTFY. From what I understand, Houston hasn't annexed anything since 1996. They may have plans to in the future, but they haven't yet. And even if they are annexing land, they are still building up within the current city limits and creating more dense urban areas.
 
Old 07-12-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Irrelevant point...?
Chicago's a sinking ship. Illinois is horribly run because the city of Chicago runs the states' politics. A lot of people are leaving for more efficiently run states. Chicago used to have 2.8 million citizens, now it has 2.7. It won't be long before Houston, with all of their land area, surpasses Chicago's population.

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Chicago's a sinking ship. Illinois is horribly run because the city of Chicago runs the states' politics. A lot of people are leaving for more efficiently run states. Chicago used to have 2.8 million citizens, now it has 2.7. It won't be long before Houston, with all of their land area, surpasses Chicago's population.
Title of thread: "Houston 2nd largest city in the U.S. in the future? " LA is the 2nd largest US city, so that's what is relevant...
 
Old 07-12-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Can't get to 2 unless you pass 3
 
Old 07-12-2013, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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The Problem is LA is growing and and is still expected to grow. Houston could be the 2nd largest city but it would take awhile. If if it was the 2nd largest city it would lack the density, economy, and global importance as these other cities.
 
Old 07-12-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: The City
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It would not surprise me if Houston City limits pass the Chicago city limits in population by 2023, and both the Houston and Dallas metro areas pass Chicago metro area by 2030 -2035. And it's only a matter of time until Texas passes California in population, by 2040 is my guess. Seems like anymore everybody has relatives in Texas. The future of the country is in Texas. 20 or 30 years ago, was there anybody who thought Austin would pass Detroit in population?

That is kind of the point as well

Do you expect all things to stay the same for 30 years

I am not sure that growth rates are sustainable long term for Houston and DFW, unless that is you project current trends out, see how well that works long term for nearly any place
 
Old 07-12-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Too bad they can't grow palm trees like LA. They all get killed off with killer freezes like 1989.
 
Old 07-12-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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3rd maybe, 2nd heck no. Greater Los Angeles is like 17 million in its CSA, the Houston CSA is like 6 million, I think Dallas is similar. Los Angeles is making MASSIVE investments in its public transportation systems that will lead to a lot of densification in the future in the city proper. Houston may grow faster by percentage gains because it is small, but actual numerical gains to LA are probably quite similar. True LA took a hit with the housing bubble and crisis and is slowly repairing the damage, but once it gets back in growth mode again it will be just fine. It isn't like Texas can't experience water problems in the future too with its growing population, they were when I was there! Simply annexing a ton of suburban sprawl doesn't change the nature of a city. Unless something kills half the people in greater LA and Houston's growth rate stays high for like 75 years, I don't think they can be considered any threat.
 
Old 07-12-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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FTFY. From what I understand, Houston hasn't annexed anything since 1996. They may have plans to in the future, but they haven't yet. And even if they are annexing land, they are still building up within the current city limits and creating more dense urban areas.
You make it seem like that was so long ago.
There are cities in this country that haven't annexed anything since the early 1800's.
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