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Old 05-03-2009, 06:42 PM
Location: Houston
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Originally Posted by Hubert69 View Post
I live in Toronto but I have relatives in Houston and have been there a number of times. To be frank, I can't understand why anyone would ever want to live in Houston - it is the worst example of urban sprawl I've ever seen. Houston's downtown core is basically a wasteland - as previous people have stated no one would ever want to live there because it is too dangerous and full of undesirable people. Instead, everyone lives in cookie cutter houses spread out across the suburbs.

There are no real city streets to go shopping or walking - all there are are shopping malls and big box stores / franchises. If you want to eat at McDonald's or shop at Wal-mart, you can do that anywhere else in North America. All of these things can be found in any other city / town in United States, so I don't know why one would move to Houston.

The city is so dependant on automobiles that there are no side walks. In fact, when we were walking around people driving by us stopped to ask if everything was OK since they never see anyone walking.

Another thing I noticed was there is a lot more racial segregation - black people / hispanics / whites all go to their own private schools. When you go shopping you also notice all the lower class jobs employ minorities. I'm not saying that problem is unique to Houston, but it is definitely more pronounced over there than in Toronto. Toronto, unlike Houston, doesn't have any neighbourhoods where if you are white and walking in a black area of town, you are in danger. There are also a lot more religious freaks in Houston - just turn on the radio and half the stations are Christian Evangelists... then you realize why they call that area the Bible belt and consider George Bush to be their hero.

Sure, you might be able to buy a slightly larger house for your dollar in Houston. But you will also be living in a suburban wasteland, where you have to pay for your own health care, where tuition fees are double or triple the cost, where everyone in your family will need a car because public transit is inadequate (what other modern city of 5+ million doesn't have a subway or light rail?), and the population has the highest rate of obesity because they never walk and eat fast-food all the time. To me, there just isn't any favourable comparison for Houston.
Hate to be cliche but I "LOLed" at this one!
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:00 PM
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Let's see....downtown core where nobody walks because it's too dangerous and doesn't have public transportation....

Here's the closest thing I found.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:48 AM
Location: Toronto, On
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I know this is an old thread...but the picture proves that no one walks in Houston. With 5+ million people, people should be bumping shoulder to shoulder.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:52 AM
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Plenty of people are in the tunnels, but I agree Houston downtown has a long way to go toward creating an attractive sidewalk scene with street level shops and dining. And I don't know who thought it was a good idea to put museums in a 'museum district' far from anything else.

That said, Houston downtown has come a long way. Keep it coming!
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:36 AM
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THe best thing about the tunnels is the food courts mmm. Especially during summer its fun to walk in air conditioning.
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:11 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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I have noticed the activity in downtown picking up on weekend nights. That's when the bar crowd comes out. A good amount of foot traffic then.

Now let's be honest. Why are cities like NY and Philly shoulder to shoulder during the day? Shopping, food, and a population that needs those things.

TONS of people actually live in downtown NY. That being said, they need to eat and shop there.

Once Houston grows that downtown population, we need to add 3, 4, and 5 star restaurants in the downtown core as well as stores like Gap, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany's, Lush, etc. Also there should be a store that sells booty shorts. Just because.

We are slowly getting there.
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