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Old 05-21-2007, 08:16 AM
 
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Galveston doesn't sound like a place I would want to call home.
That makes more room for me! I love the place. It just needs some industry beside the hospital and tourists.

If I did not live inside the loop of Houston, I would be in Galveston or Tiki Island.

 
Old 05-21-2007, 08:39 AM
 
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That makes more room for me! I love the place. It just needs some industry beside the hospital and tourists.

If I did not live inside the loop of Houston, I would be in Galveston or Tiki Island.
LOL, It's yours. You can have it.
 
Old 07-05-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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Invite the mob in - have them grab a few mill from the Central States Pension Fund to build a few casinos - problem solved.

Seriously though... As a visitor from Chicago from 1988 - 1996, I loved the place - love the historical district, Strand and nightlife. I found the beaches to be no where near what we have on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan and the water to be no where near as clear or clean as that of Lake Superior. It was brown and the beaches stained with black like soot (sp?).

Moving closer towards the mid 1990's the crime rate was rising and us white folk seemed to not be too welcome at many of the places on the island where we'd once pick up a burger @ midnight.

It's a shame because I now have 2 lovely girls and a wonderful wife to share this place with. On all the boards which cover this topic I cannot seem to get a majority of people tell me that it has changed for the better. Too much poverty and homeless - annoying homeless last I saw and heard.

It saddens me greatly because as an Illinoian I always cheerished the Texas flag - the peoples patriotism toward their state. I carried the flag in my garage for years - along with a "Flagship" hotel flag that I somehow acquired ;-)

You people have a great State no matter what city we are talking about!

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Old 07-05-2007, 05:28 PM
 
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It's called a "barrier island" for a reason - you're really supposed to go inland and let the island break the storm surge, not plant your million-dollar beach house and condos right on the frickin' water....your money though, not mine.

I used to work there, and after awhile I even got tired of that.

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Old 07-05-2007, 05:43 PM
 
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It's called a "barrier island" for a reason - you're really supposed to go inland and let the island break the storm surge, not plant your million-dollar beach house and condos right on the frickin' water....
Right on!

IMO it's only a matter of time (shortly) before the island gets another horrific storm. Last one nailed one of my favorite places - Yaga's.
 
Old 07-05-2007, 11:23 PM
 
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wow im surprised by those pics, Galveston is nice
 
Old 07-06-2007, 02:05 PM
 
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Galveston's water and beach are a lot better than even five years ago. Condo towers are sprouting up like weeds.
 
Old 07-06-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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You know, the seawall should be extended to the end of the island.

Also remember that the middle class and families will more or less be located on the mainland. People who WANT the beach lifestyle and have a lot of money will be on the island.
 
Old 07-06-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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^^And the booming suburb of League City provides them with that. Other suburbs who are having notable growth close to Galveston are La Marque and Texas City.
 
Old 07-06-2007, 05:51 PM
 
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I am originally from Texas City and I can see the western part of the city (around Mall of the Mainland) blowing up and becoming as big as the old part of Texas City (basically Highway 146 and east) in a couple decades.

Galveston is a good escape from Houston or the suburbs, but not a very good place to live or work.

A lot of La Marque is run down but things seem to be moving in the right direction for positive growth there.

I would expect to continue to see growth along Highway 6 as well in Santa Fe and Hitchcock. As long as gas prices stay manageable you will have people willing to commute. I can get off the south loop onto 288 south at 3pm on a typical weekday and be in Santa Fe in 30-45 minutes.

288 doesn't seem to stay locked up for miles like the interstates do, and I frequently take 288 to 6 to get to Galveston County as an alternative to the traffic and construction on the Gulf Freeway. They have been expanding the freeway through Pearland to 6 in advance of projected growth, which is pretty smart actually.
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