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Old 11-16-2009, 06:14 PM
 
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I think McAllen has adapted to the U.S. It has the same basic structure as any other U.S. city, government, schools, hospitals, highways, strip malls, tax system, etc. But when you have 80% of the residents with Mexican heritage, of course you will see their ancestry. Plus, no matter how you slice it, McAllen is near the Mexican border and it was actually part of Mexico at a time...so my saying doesn't quite apply to McAllen in itself. I was referring to people relocating there are the ones who need to adapt to its idiosyncracies. Or to any city for that matter.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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And yes, there is traffic here like anywhere else, but it is much less and short lived than other places. Even during rush hour and "congestion" you still get around pretty quickly.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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I think McAllen has adapted to the U.S. It has the same basic structure as any other U.S. city, government, schools, hospitals, highways, strip malls, tax system, etc. But when you have 80% of the residents with Mexican heritage, of course you will see their ancestry. Plus, no matter how you slice it, McAllen is near the Mexican border and it was actually part of Mexico at a time...so my saying doesn't quite apply to McAllen in itself. I was referring to people relocating there are the ones who need to adapt to its idiosyncracies. Or to any city for that matter.
Just because something is in America does not mean it's American, especially in America where people, ideas and things come from everywhere. (I mean how American is pizza or pasta?) Having US government, schools, hospitals and strip malls might make a city nominally American, but reality and quality can be so different. So...based on your own reasoning must have figured your saying is not very applicable.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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That's why they call the U.S "The Melting Pot".
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Lubbock, TX
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Just because something is in America does not mean it's American, especially in America where people, ideas and things come from everywhere. (I mean how American is pizza or pasta?) Having US government, schools, hospitals and strip malls might make a city nominally American, but reality and quality can be so different. So...based on your own reasoning must have figured your saying is not very applicable.
What is "American" anyways...
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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What is "American" anyways...
America is American.

What I'm really saying though is that American is a combination of many things, not just one, exhibited by contrast--not one type (or similar types) of food, people or culture.

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Old 11-24-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Bastrop Texas (Lost Pines)
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Expressway 281 - McAllen:



Expressway 83 - McAllen:
like I said, the expressways are practically empty, even on the worse curves, at the worse rush hour times of day

Relative to rush hour in any texas city, like all the ones that have their own space at the top of this forum.

If you ever live in above said cities, then you'll understand what I'm sayin

we don't have 6 lanes wide on this side, and 6 lanes wide on that side, all full, bumper to bumper, going 10 mph, stop and go, stop and go, that doesnt exist down here unless there is a very bad wreck

If there is a bad wreck in above cities, (the ones that have their own personal forums), all 5 or 6 lanes going one way, will come to a complete stop, maybe for an hour

nice pics by the way, of the empty highways, and frontage roads

think I'll go from one end of the valley to the other end of the valley today, I'll just set it on cruise control, cuz I won't be stopping, wide open lanes, heaven
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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McAllen is a great place to live. My family and i moved 4 years ago from San Antonio and we have had a great experience down here. It's very safe,clean,family oriented,low cost of living many things to do,easy commutes. Of course no place is perfect but we love McAllen.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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Glad you like it Chelito. The weather will be cooler than Miami, but still too hot for me, that's why I'm leaving to Colorado. Weather was the only major factor for leaving McAllen. It's grown quite a bit and gels together fine with Edingburg, Pharr, and Mission. And the nightlife is on 17th street.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Can't believe you guys keep touting the weather. Lived down there for 20 years. It's not as bad as the northern winters, but still, that humidity is something else.
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