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Unread 06-15-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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But all the museums in Houston are close together either near University of St. Thomas North of 59 or South of 59 in the main Museum District (with the lone exception of Bayou Bend in River Oaks). The light rail connects 3 of the most important museums in the city to downtown and the rapidly-sprawling Medical Center; Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Natural Science, and the Contemporary Arts Museum. Add in the residential aspect of Midtown and it's one long stretch of scenic urban paradise along two major streets and a train line.
Having lived in Houston for more than ten years, when I left, I told my friends I would be back "at the head of a tank column with all guns firing." I have never regretted leaving, but even I can see that Houston has changed a lot in the intervening years. Houston always had great buildings and they have kept on adding more, and I've never been in a city with so many good restaurants. And Houston has at least one great university, maybe two, and a world class medical center and fine museums. It takes more than great buildings to make a city, however. The glue that holds the buildings together is called Urban Design and until recently, there wasn't much of it in Houston. That is changing. The light rail is a winner even if it's just a starter line - you have to begin somewhere so it's a big plus. Houston desperately needs to wrestle its traffic problems to the ground and the solution is not to build more freeways, but more fixed rail. When people refuse to attend meetings because it's just too much of a hassle to make the trip by car, you know you've got a problem. The next generation of Houstonians will solve this, I have no doubt.

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Unread 06-15-2010, 11:29 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker;)
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Ft. Worth and San Antonio tied, then Austin, then Dallas, and bringing up the rear.............................. Houston.

Houston is my favorite city in Texas, but I would have to put it dead last in this category. It's come a long way, but too slowly, and it's still got a ways to go to compete with other Texas cities' downtowns.
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Unread 06-15-2010, 01:49 PM
 
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Austin hands down. Fun safe place to party (fun bars and clubs), very diverse, not gonna get mugged, maybe a bum may ask for change and may get mased if there's a riot (rare). 6th street is fun. Now it's all about 4th and 5th street! Bratwurst and Turkey Wraps. Remember to bargain for your pizza!
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Unread 06-15-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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Ft. Worth and San Antonio tied, then Austin, then Dallas, and bringing up the rear.............................. Houston.

Houston is my favorite city in Texas, but I would have to put it dead last in this category. It's come a long way, but too slowly, and it's still got a ways to go to compete with other Texas cities' downtowns.
San Antonio does have the best romantic downtown attraction (The River Walk), but not par with Austin's party night life.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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Having lived in Houston for more than ten years, when I left, I told my friends I would be back "at the head of a tank column with all guns firing." I have never regretted leaving, but even I can see that Houston has changed a lot in the intervening years. Houston always had great buildings and they have kept on adding more, and I've never been in a city with so many good restaurants. And Houston has at least one great university, maybe two, and a world class medical center and fine museums. It takes more than great buildings to make a city, however. The glue that holds the buildings together is called Urban Design and until recently, there wasn't much of it in Houston. That is changing. The light rail is a winner even if it's just a starter line - you have to begin somewhere so it's a big plus. Houston desperately needs to wrestle its traffic problems to the ground and the solution is not to build more freeways, but more fixed rail. When people refuse to attend meetings because it's just too much of a hassle to make the trip by car, you know you've got a problem. The next generation of Houstonians will solve this, I have no doubt.
People say the solution is less freeways, but more rail, but that is not true. Houston is one of only two major metro areas to have their traffic travel times DECREASE since 2000 (I think the other was Dallas honestly). The people are going to come anyway, and the freeways will be built regardless. They are just going to be built along with the rail.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 01:05 PM
 
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Austin hands down. Fun safe place to party (fun bars and clubs), very diverse, not gonna get mugged, maybe a bum may ask for change and may get mased if there's a riot (rare). 6th street is fun. Now it's all about 4th and 5th street! Bratwurst and Turkey Wraps. Remember to bargain for your pizza!

There's no denying that Austin is a terrific place. It has a unique flavor that is not "AnywhereUSA", and it has a youthful spirit to it as well. But it's not all about the parties, folks, and it isn't all about swilling and carousing. And it isn't about the biggest Whopper of them all - "The Live Music Capitol of the World". I can think of three cities right off the bat that have more but none in Texas.

When you grow up, you do more adult things. Fortunately for Austin, it's a well taken care of city only marginally subject to swings in the economy as larger cities are, but a bit vulnerable in the high-tech end - maybe a few too many eggs in one basket there. State government, for all the hilarity of its proceedings, provides a solid base of employment.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 01:15 PM
 
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If its not better than dt Austin(which is highly overrated imo) Than its not better than DTD...Ft.Worth,Austin and San antonio are all nice cities in their own right...But they are all overrated...its all hype....I cant think of anything SPECTACULAR about 6th street Austin or the riverwalk or Sundance square.....But I guess since there's hardly anything else going on in those cities all of the locals and tourist seem to overrate wat little thats there...Houston and Dallas have the REAL Downtowns with the REAL potential.......of course all of the smaller cities will run away with the claim of having a better ANYTHING over the big boys so maybe thats the other reason for all of the myths and overrating that been going on......Get Real people......Dallas and Houston shouldn't even be compared to the other three...Just MY OPINION
Just a thought I'll pass along: in Houston and Dallas, hotel rates on the weekends DROP. In San Antonio they go UP. People LEAVE Houston and Dallas. They COME to San Antonio. Wonder what that means?
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Unread 06-30-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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Just a thought I'll pass along: in Houston and Dallas, hotel rates on the weekends DROP. In San Antonio they go UP. People LEAVE Houston and Dallas. They COME to San Antonio. Wonder what that means?

It means that downtown Dallas and Houston completely suck in terms of entertainment!
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Unread 06-30-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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It means that downtown Dallas and Houston completely suck in terms of entertainment!
This is true unfortunately
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Unread 06-30-2010, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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Downtown Dallas in the 50s





Neiman-Marcus



3 department stores on this street. Neiman-Marcus, H.L. Green & CO and Drayfuss & Son






The massive Titche-Goettinger department store 500,000 plus sq ft.




Sanger department store later known as Sanger-Harris
http://www.jfklibrary.org/NR/rdonlyres/811B9D5C-DD2D-432E-B31A-D33AF61C7AB7/33407/365E71EC577E49FB8E5EB28F072A9F24.jpg (broken link)
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