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Old 07-01-2010, 03:58 PM
 
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Default Beta world cities: Why does Dallas rank higher than Houston?

According to GWAC, 2008 report, Dallas is a Beta World city and Houston ranks in the Beta (-). Does anyone happen to know what makes Dallas outrank Houston in that regard. I thought the two ranked the same when it came to Gamma World Cities. One would think that the ties Houston has to the rest of the world and its diversifying economy woulf have it at the same tier? Is it even really that of a difference on the grand scheme of things?

Just a question I've been meaning to address.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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According to GWAC, 2008 report, Dallas is a Beta World city and Houston ranks in the Beta (-). Does anyone happen to know what makes Dallas outrank Houston in that regard. I thought the two ranked the same when it came to Gamma World Cities. One would think that the ties Houston has to the rest of the world and its diversifying economy woulf have it at the same tier? Is it even really that of a difference on the grand scheme of things?

Just a question I've been meaning to address.
I felt that list was based on popularity; it has to be.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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It is. That list isn't right because there is no way Atlanta is on the same level as Los Angeles.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: 75025 (previously 75254, 90505, 90010, and 60614)
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^^^They revised it to put LA ahead of Atlanta.

I dont pay much attention to the whole plus and minus thing. Bottom line is that both Dallas and Houston are Beta World cities.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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C2H: The criteria that gives Dallas the lead over Houston is the airport.
Check their website and their methods for ranks, Dallas has the busier airport, and the two cities are roughly the same in other aspects but that's one thing that pulls Dallas ahead.

Dallas has the more diverse economy and a good sector in finance, Houston has the port and trade regulations.
They even out in nearly everything they do.

You can't even say "Houston is home to a former US president, and is one of the only cities too be" because Dallas can match that. It's crazy how much of a stalemate these two cities draw when being compared.
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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Houston should be much higher than it it is now on those lists!
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Houston should be much higher than it it is now on those lists!
It jumped three tiers. 2 Gamma and 1 Beta. It's moving along at a good pace.
It's only going to go up from here.

To be honest, I take these rankings with a grain of salt. Mumbai, few Chinese cities (not all), and a few other cities I have been to that rank higher don't look like they should, but do because of their importance to their country.

I really don't base any city off of these rankings. Frankly I hate Boston (personal experience- the only city I do hate), and it in no way in my honest opinion is better than Atlanta or Washington DC. I'm getting tired of their constant, "but we have the most NIH funding, or we are the educational capital, or we're the 3rd largest financial center" it's all total BS... it's an important city, but I do not feel it deserves it's rank as much as a few other cities do.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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I think Houston is underrated.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: 75025 (previously 75254, 90505, 90010, and 60614)
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It's crazy how much of a stalemate these two cities draw when being compared.
Thats pretty much what it boils down to. Dallas and Houston stalemate more than any other two cities/metro areas in the US.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:41 PM
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Houston has always been underrated compared to other metro cities. That's ok, as long as we enjoy the city, so what. A recent, though somewhat unrelated example, is the seeking of Chris Bosh(NBA free agent). He has the option to choose NY, NJ, Chicago, Miami, etc. as well as Houston. Lots of writers are pointing out how those cities can take him to the global stage, but little do they know what the city can do for his marketing image with Yao here. He should be playing here! I guess i better stop cuz i'm starting to wander off a bit with my rant.
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