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View Poll Results: Is the population large because the land area is large or the other way around?
The population is large because there is lots of land 7 29.17%
The city spread out as it grew because it could 17 70.83%
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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People are always saying Houston has a lot of people because it has a big land area, but are a lot of people here because the land area is big or is the land area big because a lot of people here and the city spread out to accommodate them?

Houston is not by no means the largest city in terms of land area, so why do people always say that the population grew because the land area is large.

The population can increase because we have lots of land, but it is not increasing because of it
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Actually, history would show that it grew due to:

1. The waterways and port.
2. The invention of air conditioning (I kid you not).

"The engine of airconditioning largely fueled the explosive postwar growth of Sunbelt cities like Houston,Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Miami."- This Old House

3. Spindletop and the advent of "Texas Tea".

Ronnie
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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The actual city of Houston has annexed a lot of other little cities.
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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well that goes hand in hand with economics does it not? Especially 1 and 3.
Increased economics led to increase in pop. The increased in pop led to a lot of hot people. A lot of hot people led to the invention of AC, the invention of AC combined with the economics led to even more people coming.

The people followed the economics, and thus the city grew in population

But the population did not grow because there was lots of land.
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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The actual city of Houston has annexed a lot of other little cities.
a lot of empty cities. Those little cities contribute negligible growth to Houston's population.

Nothing along the lines oh NY annexing Brooklyn
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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Dallas is a suburb of Houston now, right?
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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No matter how you want to slice it, Houston is a top 10 metro/urban area/media market/whateveryouwannacallit.
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:57 PM
 
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Dallas is a suburb of Houston now, right?
The way they describe our sprawl you would think it is
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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a lot of empty cities. Those little cities contribute negligible growth to Houston's population.

Nothing along the lines oh NY annexing Brooklyn
What are you talking about? Montrose was its own city and Houston annexed it...same with the Heights, River Oaks, West U, the Rice area, my neighborhood that is close to downtown and all the neighborhoods around it, etc etc. The city of Houston was pretty much nothing but downtown when it was founded, so to say that the cities it annexed had a negligible contribution to the growth of the city is just flat out false. Houston would be incredibly different today if it had never annexed all of the little towns surrounding what is downtown today.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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People are always saying Houston has a lot of people because it has a big land area, but are a lot of people here because the land area is big or is the land area big because a lot of people here and the city spread out to accommodate them?

Houston is not by no means the largest city in terms of land area, so why do people always say that the population grew because the land area is large.

The population can increase because we have lots of land, but it is not increasing because of it
It increased because of the job growth - we just happened to have the cheap land to accommodate it.
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