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Old 06-10-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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This could be done in Alabama as well. If gambling is legalized, then this could be a start. With Houston (as well as parts of Alabama) being on the coast, casinos could definitely bring more tourism to areas that already are small tourist traps.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:58 PM
 
Location: classified
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Plenty of pools in the city. What Houston needs more then anything is a tourist trap. Something in the city that will make thousands of tourist flock that caters to adults and kids. That can rival a fishermans wharf or a Times Square or Smithsonian, something of that magnitude. Something that natives will avoid(like they do w/ most tourist traps) but will make ppl visiting preciate and discover what a great city Houston is,instead of going too tired NASA or skipping to Galveston. Houston biggest tourist destination is The Galleria. Houston really needs this. Think big. You know how many new jobs this will create?
Houston already has places like Fishermans Wharf, as well as a few decent museums/zoo. The only problem is those places are not heavily marketed to tourists so they still stay off the beaten path.

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This could be done in Alabama as well. If gambling is legalized, then this could be a start. With Houston (as well as parts of Alabama) being on the coast, casinos could definitely bring more tourism to areas that already are small tourist traps.
Unlikely, since some states have already legalized gambling (such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, etc), which also incidently did not increase their tourist numbers.

If anything it will just stop people in Houston from driving to Lake Charles to get their "fix". Anyways I don't think Houston (or Texas in general aside from say the "indian reservations") need casinos, and my experience visiting places such as Atlantic City, I even think they can be detremental to the city as well.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:01 AM
 
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Yall know yall city the best, but I feel like if Houston wanted to become a tourist city, it could have already been one. If yall feel a certain way about casinos, then I can see Galveston taking steps on becoming something like Destin and Panama City Beach.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:06 AM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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The one thing that would make Houston great is an extensive rail system.
This right here. It could pull a decent % of the cars off the freeways and roads. For those that would be able to use it - a comfortable and painless (and productive - use your laptop instead of driving) commute. For those unable to really use it in work, like myself, a reduction in traffic.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I like this! The old Astroworld land could be used for whatever it is, too. Any ideas?
It would be cool if that land was used for festivals year round.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:09 AM
 
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It would be cool if that land was used for festivals year round.
This is a great idea plant a few trees maybe even a few covered picnic tables & the land could be used for outdoor music fests
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Memorial Park used to have a pool. Did they close it?

Re the mention of density and rail:

The way Uptown is building along Post Oak, it's going to be the densest, mixed use area in the city. As much as I think a rail down the middle of Post Oak will be a nightmare, I think traffic is going to be so bad people will need it.Yet, those that frequent Uptown the most are those that live within 10 miles of it...you're still going to have to drive to get there for a nice dinner, because most people don't want to walk three miles to get to a station, to stand around in 95 degrees sweating in their nice clothes, only to crush into a stinky train to go to dinner...and then have to repeat that process.

Burb lines into the Loop with decent bus connections/service along major roads seems to make the most sense to me when it comes to rail.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Houston
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I fear they are going to box the DG in ,while I like it I aslo have thought it needs to be bigger,I was at the new years eve in DG and while I was glad to see people come out I was also annoyed How everyone was cramped right on top of each other to the point you could,nt help but hit each other, They showed vision when they created DG but that vision has since stopped as far as expanding on it
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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Plenty of pools in the city. What Houston needs more then anything is a tourist trap. Something in the city that will make thousands of tourist flock that caters to adults and kids. That can rival a fishermans wharf or a Times Square or Smithsonian, something of that magnitude. Something that natives will avoid(like they do w/ most tourist traps) but will make ppl visiting preciate and discover what a great city Houston is,instead of going too tired NASA or skipping to Galveston. Houston biggest tourist destination is The Galleria. Houston really needs this. Think big. You know how many new jobs this will create?
I believe that Toronto's "Galleria" is also their biggest tourist attraction (it's also much neater than ours), so Houston isn't alone in that area.

NASA deserved a better gimmick, and that could've been our "big" one, but I don't think we need a tourist trap now. Those types of places attract families, which we already have a enough of. Houston should be doing more to attract backpackers, foodies, art buffs (we're pretty good in that area), etc. The city itself could be our tourist attraction.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:13 AM
 
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I believe that Toronto's "Galleria" is also their biggest tourist attraction (it's also much neater than ours), so Houston isn't alone in that area.

NASA deserved a better tourist attraction(s), and that could've been our "big" one, but I don't think we need a tourist trap now. Those types of places attract families, which we already have a enough of. Houston should be doing more to attract backpackers, foodies, art buffs (we're pretty good in that area), etc. The city itself could be our tourist attraction.
Sounds like you would rather for Houston to keep low key right?
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