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Old 03-04-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: 77059
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...there was nothing there before so it has to be "made."
Woodlands, Fairfield and Katy ''area'' perhaps. But Sugar Land, Friendswood, Pearland, Clear Lake, and Pasadena among others all have histories of their own as separate entities not connected to Houston. Many go back to the 1800s. These areas becoming suburbs is a relatively new phenomenon.
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Beautiful New England
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Katy is NOT "all that and a bag of chips"...
Exactly. Katy isn't bad (check out Camden, NJ sometime). It's simply nothing special. Indeed, it is entirely forgettable and unremarkable. In that way, perhaps it is arguably the quintessential Houston 'burb.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:12 AM
 
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Exactly. Katy isn't bad (check out Camden, NJ sometime). It's simply nothing special. Indeed, it is entirely forgettable and unremarkable. In that way, perhaps it is arguably the quintessential Houston 'burb.
Places like Katy serve their purpose. I just wish that people who like that new cookie-cutter type of house would go to these new areas for them. Instead many are coming into older areas that have their own history and sense of place, tearing down charming old bungalows, etc., and building their out of place McMansions. I guess that is a whole other topic.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Houston (Memorial) and Western NC
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Places like Katy serve their purpose. I just wish that people who like that new cookie-cutter type of house would go to these new areas for them. Instead many are coming into older areas that have their own history and sense of place, tearing down charming old bungalows, etc., and building their out of place McMansions. I guess that is a whole other topic.
Cookie-cutter lovers with money like location too. As much as I don't like many of them, they keep neighborhoods from dying off and do raise the value of the pre-existing houses.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:01 PM
 
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Cookie-cutter lovers with money like location too. As much as I don't like many of them, they keep neighborhoods from dying off and do raise the value of the pre-existing houses.
I don't know about preventing neighborhoods from dying off. I don't think areas ranging from the Heights to Meyerland would die off or really be any worse off for the lack of McMansion invasions.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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Cool "The epitome of the hollowness"?

Granted, Katy history is all north of I-10 and isn't all that exciting, but, if you're new to the area, and your job is not in downtown Houston, AND you have 3 children, what's wrong with Katy? Weed out the fake people and there are still plenty of decent folks there. And as far as the big-box bland storefronts, well, if you're gonna live there, might as well not have to travel all that far to buy stuff right? Sounds to me that somebody not from Katy has the elitist attitude. I've lived in many parts of this country and there are FAR worse places to live. Lets see now....GREAT schools (of course, my taxes pay for them), low crime (at least where I live), nearby stores, AFFORDABLE housing (cookie cutter, tract housing, Mcmansions, whatever you want to call it-I get much more house for my money than most places I've lived in the US), so what if you have to drive a bit to get anything not so homogenized, I have kids, I don't want spicey so close to them. Get over it.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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obviously inloopers see elitism as folks trying to get away from the streetbums and failed neighborhoods of inner city houston. this is all wrong and just plain crab mentality to put down places like Katy
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:41 PM
 
Location: 77059
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obviously inloopers see elitism as folks trying to get away from the streetbums and failed neighborhoods of inner city houston. this is all wrong and just plain crab mentality to put down places like Katy

On this board, I've noticed this attitude is a lot more common (from the childless/unmarried/divorced no doubt) than the ''suburban snobbery.'' Truth is I read more about that than I actually experience. Makes me wonder how it really is out there in real life. I currently live somewhat in the middle of both crowds and don't notice either one.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Don't judge Houston by suburbs built by macro-builders, don't judge people based on where finance and family considerations (e.g. schools) drive them to live and don't assume that the neighborhoods of "inner city houston" have failed when they haven't. Just don't buy a house anywhere near Hobby Airport.
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Old 03-06-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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On this board, I've noticed this attitude is a lot more common (from the childless/unmarried/divorced no doubt) than the ''suburban snobbery.'' Truth is I read more about that than I actually experience. Makes me wonder how it really is out there in real life. I currently live somewhat in the middle of both crowds and don't notice either one.
same here. just in these boards, i guess we have a select participants who are into real estate who's every breath is for getting people back in the loop or whereever their investments may be

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don't assume that the neighborhoods of "inner city houston" have failed when they haven't.
well ok you tell me how to process 'gentrification' innerloopers like to use to describe their ghettos
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