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Old 01-29-2010, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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One of the longest parts of your drive from Atascocita will be getting into Humble. 1960 gets really backed up and coming home on 1960 at rush hour can be a beast. You can take Lake Houston Parkway to the Beltway, but that can be a beast as well. Once you get onto 59 heading into downtown it's not so bad, until you get to the 288 split. Ick.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Fondren SW Yo
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When did i say i wanted to live in a all white area! No i'm not interested in "white" power! I actually happen to be african american
Do you know Brother Clayton Bigsby?
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The comments from your friends sound like perhaps a family that is just prejudiced so to people like that -- yeah they notice Hispanics everywhere. Houston is just a large, major city and perfectly fine to live in. But yeah, we do have a lot of Hispanics - so if you don't like that, then this probably isn't the place for you.
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:59 PM
 
Location: South Katy
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Hi, My family and i are moving to houston in a couple of months for husbands work and are quite frankly worried about the move! Is houston still safe for americans to live in on a day to day basis! Friends of ours who lived there recently said the majority of the population speak only spanish and have no interest in anybody that does not! We are fiercely american as a family but have no problem with other cultures or beliefs but still like to feel like we live in America and not another country! Having traveled to mexico city a few years ago and was shocked at the condition of the place our friends told us living in Houston is just like that! Is this true! Sorry for being so worried! Thankyou
Actually, when I moved to Houston, I found that many of the Spanish-speakers (at least those I've encountered) have a strong interest in knowing or learning English, much more than up north (in my experience). In the rare occasion you encounter someone who actually knows no English (in a business/market/professional setting), usually their supervisor will take notice and handle translation. It isn't like up north (NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA) where there's an aura of it being your fault that you don't know Spanish.

Heck, just drive through the Hispanic neighborhoods of Houston and you'll see tons of billboards for schools and local organizations that teach English.

Now, be mindful that there are stores in Hispanic neighborhoods in Houston that target Hispanics, thus put up their signs only in Spanish. Even in those stores, I've been able to get service in English.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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Actually you have a great point there.

BTW. I also think that Austin sucks
Austin truly SUCKS!

On another serious note...I lived my entire life (except for 1.5 years...wasted in Austin, TX) and I LOVE Houston for all the many different things it has to offer. It is home to me. It is a fast moving city so if you’re not accustomed to that be prepared for it. There are many good things about the city...and you must explore but if you are not accustomed to a huge fast moving concrete city with extreme heat and humidity in the summer then you may not like it. However there are a lot of fun and interesting people and you will find some of the best medical care, restaurants, sport teams, colleges, very affordable living, modern ammenites and NO PERSONAL STATE INCOME TAX!. All Mexico Border States have high populations of Hispanics. If you don't speak English in Houston then you are definitely outnumbered by those who do. I would go to Houston with a very open mind but do your homework so that you can truly understand the many aspects of Houston. Keep in mind you will not see beautiful nature all around you and it really is hot in the summer and the air quality can at times be rough.

Good Luck in your journey.

Wow and I still love Houston!

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Old 01-30-2010, 11:06 PM
 
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You know, for all I hear and read I cannot remember one time where I needed to communicate with anyone and could not because they did not speak English. Then again it's not like I can't speak a little Spanish myself.

Most of them who intend to live here long-term learn at least enough English to make it.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:14 PM
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Hi, My family and i are moving to houston in a couple of months for husbands work and are quite frankly worried about the move! Is houston still safe for americans to live in on a day to day basis! Friends of ours who lived there recently said the majority of the population speak only spanish and have no interest in anybody that does not! We are fiercely american as a family but have no problem with other cultures or beliefs but still like to feel like we live in America and not another country! Having traveled to mexico city a few years ago and was shocked at the condition of the place our friends told us living in Houston is just like that! Is this true! Sorry for being so worried! Thankyou
Be afraid, be very afraid!!! You need really really reconsider moving here!!
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:52 PM
 
Location: League City
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Hi, My family and i are moving to houston in a couple of months for husbands work and are quite frankly worried about the move! Is houston still safe for americans to live in on a day to day basis! Friends of ours who lived there recently said the majority of the population speak only spanish and have no interest in anybody that does not! We are fiercely american as a family but have no problem with other cultures or beliefs but still like to feel like we live in America and not another country! Having traveled to mexico city a few years ago and was shocked at the condition of the place our friends told us living in Houston is just like that! Is this true! Sorry for being so worried! Thankyou
Is this a serious post? Have you ever been to a big city anywhere in the US?

To answer your question, I'm inclined to say that yes, Houston is filled with scary Mexican-Borg that are slowly assimilating the country. And I am one of them. Also I don't speak Spanish, but that is another topic altogether.

But seriously Houston is no more unsafe than any other big city in the continental US, and Houstonians will welcome you with open arms. If you happen to give any credence to Kiplinger Magazine, then you will see they have a very high opinion of Houston as a city to WORK, LIVE, and PLAY:

Kiplinger.com
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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Hi, My family and i are moving to houston in a couple of months for husbands work and are quite frankly worried about the move! Is houston still safe for americans to live in on a day to day basis! Friends of ours who lived there recently said the majority of the population speak only spanish and have no interest in anybody that does not! We are fiercely american as a family but have no problem with other cultures or beliefs but still like to feel like we live in America and not another country! Having traveled to mexico city a few years ago and was shocked at the condition of the place our friends told us living in Houston is just like that! Is this true! Sorry for being so worried! Thankyou
Yes, it is like that. There has been a rash of babysitters stealing the kidneys of children in their care as well. The kids wake up in a bath of ice with stitches and their parents find them like that when they get hom. The mainstream media will NOT report it because they are afraid of the mexican drug lords.

It's basically a third world country here. If you do come though, make sure you bring lots of water because you cannot drink tap water either.
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Houston is a fine town; I lived there for a year, actually I lived in League City and I didn't have any problems. It's a good town for family but I was single at the time and I was bored out of my mind...but admittedly, I didn't exactly look for things to do (which there are plenty of things to do if you just look around).

Of course there are areas where Spanish is predominant but it's not like everybody only speaks Spanish. I live in Phoenix and we have parts of town that are like that, heck we have parts of town that look just like Mexico but it's only those parts of town...same thing with Houston.

Houston is really diverse and with my experience there were many highly educated people. I'm not sure where your friends get their info but they are flat out wrong. You and your family will be fine.
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