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Old 05-28-2008, 12:12 AM
 
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If Houston goes down, the rest of the country will be down with it. The city has diversified beyond oil and petrochemicals. The Medical Center is light years beyond what it was in the 1980s when the last bust hit, the port has increased in importance and the refineries will still be making gasoline and other stuff. Also, back in the 1980s Houston and Southeast Texas was trying to transition out of the production end of the oil business (we were pumping loads of oil here in the 70s during the embargo) to the corporate HQ/business suit and refining end. As long as somebody can afford gas, refineries will be making it. When the oil bubble bursts (and it will, perhaps sooner than later the way speculation is driving things up - we all know how that ends) some people are going to get laid off, but the city is not going to shut down. It might mean that some people who were looking to come here to escape problems at home will have to go back and try to take care of them, and that's OK. This city isn't as "booming" as it's made out to be. It looks pretty good compared to 80% or so of the rest of the country, which isn't anything to brag about these days. This has nothing on the wildcatter/roughneck era where people were piling in either to get rich or help someone else get rich. All that stuff is in OPEC's court now and Houston is just a branch office. People are more often than not coming here for big houses in the suburbs, bigger than they could afford at home, and oh, they happen to get a job here. It's just not the same.

As for this Phoenix thread, I've been lurking....haven't found a need to speak up lately. Let 'em do their thing.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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Hey The Phoenix Arizona forum has a thread on how Phoenix will surpass Houston as the 4th largest city and they are bashing us hard. I need some help defending the city here.
JD, why would we here in Houston, a world class city, care about what phoenix, a dusty hole in the ground, think of us? i did post something though just to show them how dumb they are though!
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:26 AM
 
Location: Southern England.
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Size isn't everything- is it?
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:47 AM
 
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Sorry, but you won't get any help from me. After living in H-town for many years I was lucky enough to get out some time ago and remain deeply ambivalent about Baghdad on the Bayou. As for Phoenix? Ugh! A pox on both your houses, I say.

Now if anybody starts bashing Boston, then they'll have a fight on their hands...
Boston is the worst city on earth and the worst city in the history of mankind.

Anddd I am ready to discuss on whatever terms you want. Mann, that will be an easy victory on my part.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:48 AM
 
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I have always wondered what they will do here when the oil industry slows down.
In order for the oil industry to slow down, you have to convince the 3 billion people not to buy cars and not to travel.

It seems impossible if you ask me.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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haven't found a need to speak up lately. Let 'em do their thing.
OK, I lied....
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:07 AM
 
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Yeah, let them keep bashing-Phoenix sucks big time! I've been to places in Kansas that wasn't this bad!
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Bash away baby!!! And, stop moving here!!!! In fact, anyone charitable to donate some mass transportation and we probably a few thousand choice residents we'd can give you to help you surpass us in population.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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This thread is almost a year old...wth?
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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Who cares what the Phoenix posters have to say. Houston is an awesome city to be in whether Phoenix surpasses it population or not(very unlikely).
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