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Old 05-29-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Houston
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False, Austin will probably start taking over importance from the larger cities, including San Antonio.

I foresee that El Paso could eventually falter and lose quite a bit of its population, also perhaps the Rio Grande Valley. Houston will take a hit when oil isn't king, but that will be in 40 years or more. Then a large hurricane would be a final blow. Prior to that, a hurricane will largely unaffect Houston. As long as the economy is booming, people will live there.
Except while oil is a big part of Houston ecomony it is not the drving force it once was, and after the 80's bust Houston went out of it way to diversify its economy to avoid the oil bust, the title of energy captial does not just refer to oil, but other sources of power, with a push to become a power in those areas,as well as other like medical, bio research,etc. in the 80,s oil maded up almost 70 % of houston economy, now less than 50 % and shrinking
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:33 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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Dallas/Plano/Arlington (and to some extent, FW) are all in this together - where one goes, they all go. This area also boasts a fairly diversified economy, although less on international trade and manufacturing, and more on tech and commerce. While one or the other of the pieces of the metroplex may suffer, it is hard to see the area as a whole becoming minor, as well. The cheap cost of living also stabilizes the area, as well.
.... to some extent?
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Matt, if that were true, then Houston wouldn't be the 4th largest city in the nation. It's not that much inland.
The pic you posted is of tropical storm/depression Allison back in 2000, not a hurricane...two entirely different things.

As far inland as we are here in Tyler (250 miles) even we receive those pretty regularly.

REAL hurricanes hitting Houston & even Galveston directly are pretty rare, once every 15, 20 years or longer. They usually hit further east (Port Aurthur) or further south (Corpus Christi & southward toward the Tex/Mex border).

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Old 05-29-2012, 07:01 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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The pic you posted is of tropical storm/depression Allison back in 2000, not a hurricane...two entirely different things.

As far inland as we are here in Tyler (250 miles) even we receive those pretty regularly.

REAL hurricanes hitting Houston & even Galveston directly are pretty rare, once every 15, 20 years or longer. They usually hit further east (Port Aurthur) or further south (Corpus Christi & southward toward the Tex/Mex border).
It's STILL not that far from the ocean. It can get hit by hurricanes.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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It's STILL not that far from the ocean. It can get hit by hurricanes.
Yes, if it was a large enough hurricane it could cause some major damage in Houston, although the issue isn't so much the wind damage & rain as it is the storm surge that could potentially have the whole southeastern side of the city under water.

Not likely, but theorhetically it could happen.

Just like who would've ever thought we would've had earthquakes in Texas, but they do occur, in fact one measureing 4.8 the other day right here in East Texas of all places!
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:18 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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Yes, if it was a large enough hurricane it could cause some major damage in Houston, although the issue isn't so much the wind damage & rain as it is the storm surge that could potentially have the whole southeastern side of the city under water.

Not likely, but theorhetically it could happen.

Just like who would've ever thought we would've had earthquakes in Texas, but they do occur, in fact one measureing 4.8 the other day right here in East Texas of all places!
Look, the main thing is, it would take a hell of alot to make a city with over 2 million people to become a minor city.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:21 PM
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Location: San Antonio
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The big four will always remainjust that the big four.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:23 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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The big four will always remainjust that the big four.
It's 6.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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It's 6.
1. Houston
2. San Antonio
3. Dallas
4. Austin
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:14 PM
JJG
 
Location: Fort Worth
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1. Houston
2. San Antonio
3. Dallas
4. Austin
Fort Worth
El Paso.


All have over 500,000.
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