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View Poll Results: How is Houston traffic compared to your old city?
worse 10 50.00%
about the same 4 20.00%
better 6 30.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-24-2010, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Texarkana
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For those of you not originally from the Houston area how is the traffic here compared to where you came from? I'm from Texarkana and I'm trying to get used to it, lol. It seems like no matter what time of day or night people are on the road.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:21 AM
 
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Welcome to the big city, bud.

Do it long enough and it'll feel normal.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:30 AM
 
Location: League City
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Traffic is much worse, but as jfre said, you get used to it. I'm from SE Tx - the big Golden Triangle. I think it's slightly larger than the Texarkana region, but not by much. So I know where you are coming from when you say people are always on the road.
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Old 12-24-2010, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I think it is better, but I'm come from some of the crappiest traffic areas in the country (NE corridor). Drivers are not as aggressive - mind you, this doesn't make them better drivers, just less stressed out. I was just rear-ended a couple of days ago for the second time in 4 months - pay attention, people!
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Old 12-24-2010, 06:07 AM
 
Location: SW France
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This is where we moved from- our house is just in the dip- and where we are now, so Houston traffic was a smidgeon busier.

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Old 12-24-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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In my old city, I could drive across town, pick up a few kids, stop by the Sonic and get dinner, pick up the dry cleaning, fill up with gas and get home in the same time it takes me here to drive to the closest grocery store and find a parking spot. Ridiculous.
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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For those of you not originally from the Houston area how is the traffic here compared to where you came from? I'm from Texarkana and I'm trying to get used to it, lol. It seems like no matter what time of day or night people are on the road.
Compared to the NYC metro area (including Westchester, Long Island and northern NJ), Houston traffic is a breeze. Even when it's congested, it's relatively fast-moving. Weekend suburban NYC traffic is far worse (!) than Houston rush hour traffic. Rush hour traffic in the NYC suburbs can mean an average speed of 10 miles per hour. (Of course, NYC suburbs are more densely populated (!) than Houston - Weehawken, population 12,000, has 4x Houston's population per square mile).

The one complaint I have is that on many Houston roads, lane markers are so worn down they're practically invisible at night, and they're not supplemented by reflectors. Ditto with kerbs. And what's with the lack of barriers to prevent cars from running into ditches, on some residential roads without roadside lane markers? Considering that Houston does not have annual deposits of snowfall, followed by melt and freeze cycles, the roads are pretty bad.

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: West Houston
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The one complaint I have is that on many Houston roads, lane markers are so worn down they're practically invisible at night, and they're not supplemented by reflectors. Ditto with kerbs. And what's with the lack of barriers to prevent cars from running into ditches, on some residential roads without roadside lane markers? Considering that Houston does not have annual deposits of snowfall, followed by melt and freeze cycles, the roads are pretty bad.
Lower taxes = fewer services.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:14 PM
 
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Lower taxes = fewer services.
I've always thought the difference was in social welfare benefits. NYC provides full-time home health care aides to many able-bodied elderly individuals at no cost to them. It covers rent increases for elderly individuals on small fixed incomes. The list of unique NYC taxpayer-provided bennies is something to behold. (Taxes are why NYC retirees with fat pensions move to Florida, and benefits are why indigent retirees stay in New York).

Maybe Houston could take a cue from MN from way back and buy a few hundred thousand one-way Greyhound bus tickets to NYC for Houston's indigent population. That way, Houston would have money to repave and repaint its roads, and Houston's indigent would have access to NYC's superior social welfare infrastructure, not to mention its world-class mass transit service. It's what I'd call a win-win initiative.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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It's hell compared to my old city.
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