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Old 10-14-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Calallen :)
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The area's population isn't growing, but it can » Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Figured I'd put this up for discussion/opinions since it's come up in numerous conversations on this board.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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Thanks for the article. It is great that they are focusing on the younger generation and not just on retirees. I used to live in that area and left for many reasons. However, I do have a huge family left over there so the thought about moving back does creep up from time to time. A woman from Fort Lauderdale moved there a couple of years ago and asked for my opinion on the best city for her family (2 elementary aged children). I told her to move to Portland because my first thought was education. She ended up moving back to Florida and told me that I recommended the worst place. I should have recommended CC because Portland was sooooooo boring. Back to the thread topic.

I do wonder about voting habits in CC. I will take a guess that it is not the younger people (singles) and perhaps not so many families. This leaves retirees.

Retirees have limited income and some have plenty of time. Their limited income means that they will oppose a rise in taxes when it is not in their interest. I know, who will vote for something against their interest. This is why I ask if anybody knows of the voting habits of the city.

Of course, I don't advocate taxing citizens for unnecessary projects but I do think that education should take priority. It is my opinion that retirees don't see education as a priority as opposed to a family with children. Professionals with families may not see CC as a desirable place because of the quality of schools. I know that I would not move my family there but maybe a nearby city. That is easy for me to say because I know the area but not a transplant. Keep in mind that some of these retirees may have migrated to CC and have no ties there. They may also vote against other projects that younger people might have an interest in.

I was recently told that a dog park was voted down. If this is true, why? I am not saying that retirees voted this down or that I am for the parks, but it makes me wonder about who is voting.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere between Corpus and Austin, TX
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Oh no! But the museums, the Columbus Ships... the HOOKS! What are these people thinking?!?! I mean at least hang around for PF Changs for crying out loud. I mean what about all the trendy condos?

I can hear the pundits now... Welp, looks like people are voting with their feet and the proof is still in favour of CC being absolutely inferior.

I found this to be hillarious
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“I don’t think the Corpus Christi area wants to be Houston,” Miller said. “I think we would be happy keeping our youth here and luring companies that would appeal to them. A good start, which we’ve been working on for the past few years, is taking industry into the classroom and showing kids what job opportunities are available.”
Yes... Please lure more heavy industry and refinfery jobs. HELLO. Finance? Healthcare? TECH?

OK OK... Even for blue collar, Corpus has about the most insiduous job climate around. Fail.
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere between Corpus and Austin, TX
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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Drive into corpus on I-37 the same way a majority of Corpus auto visitors enter. What do you see? Ugly refineries - fined many times for pollution. Who would want to move business there? Places that have refineries as a major employer have low educational attainment and gang violence.

Compare that to Rockport -which has no polluting industry and never will allow any. Rockport is fast growing and the schools are way better - crime way lower.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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Default The refineries aren't moving.

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Drive into corpus on I-37 the same way a majority of Corpus auto visitors enter. What do you see? Ugly refineries...
The Corpus Christi ship channel is far too opportune a nexus of a deepwater port with good rail and highway connections, the use well established. The auto visitor staying in the city won't notice the refineries at all for the rest of their stay, except indirectly by watching the tankers in the ship channel. Those who are cognizant of such things, when seeing them again on leaving, might note the refineries are all nicely leeward to the city and the bay. Yes, we need to monitor and control their pollution. But the refineries will be there for decades to come. If their negative aspects are your bottom line, then you never will be happy with the city. It would be like someone who hates computers trying to reconcile themselves to San Jose, or who hates banking trying to reconcile themselves to Manhattan.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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and what about all the fines and penalties the refineries had to pay. What about the benzine in people's blood. Why don't you live near them!
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