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Old 08-20-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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I call it Houston unless the area has a specific name.

Lots of places in Houston start with the word ghetto in my vocabulary.
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Old 08-22-2015, 08:02 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-Tex
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This has to be the most annoying ****ing thing.. "Authorities apprehended two juveniles in Northwest Houston today near Antoine Dr. at Victory", and then my friends tell me how my mom is unsafe in her new neighborhood in Cypress where the starting home price points are in the low to mid $300k's and go up above a million, and the same is pretty much true about the new neighborhoods surrounding hers as well.
Most Houstonians would know where the intersection of Antoine & Victory is and it would be (Near) Northwest Houston. Unlike DFW, Houston is ONE CITY, so it's harder to pinpoint where in the metro the crime happened without the cross streets.

Only problem with sprawl is that everyone has a car and it's easy to travel up 290 to your mom's place in Cypress from Antoine & Victory. No wonder she would be concerned about many crimes in that quadrant of town. Take for example, bank robberies. It's about a 30 minute drive up the freeway to the "nice" 'burbs. Public transit would take 2 hours if it existed all the way to your mom's neighborhood in Cypress.
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Upper Kirby, Houston, TX
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Most Houstonians would know where the intersection of Antoine & Victory is and it would be (Near) Northwest Houston. Unlike DFW, Houston is ONE CITY, so it's harder to pinpoint where in the metro the crime happened without the cross streets.

Only problem with sprawl is that everyone has a car and it's easy to travel up 290 to your mom's place in Cypress from Antoine & Victory. No wonder she would be concerned about many crimes in that quadrant of town. Take for example, bank robberies. It's about a 30 minute drive up the freeway to the "nice" 'burbs. Public transit would take 2 hours if it existed all the way to your mom's neighborhood in Cypress.
I'm sorry, but if your first paragraph were true, then how come Chicago news has no issue signifying areas by their local or neighborhood name? Houston has plenty of those, yet they never seem to utilize them. Instead they just cop out and slap 'NW Houston' on the story..

Also, my mom in no way feels unsafe lol; some of friends who are misguided with geography were afraid on her behalf. Every nice part of town is within 30 minutes from a bad part of town, so I don't know what that has to do with anything.
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Another reason to call it Houstonland. Austin is actually 150 miles from Houston, which makes it part of it's sphere of influence.

Why don't we do the Illinois thing and have 75% of Texans live in Greater Houston? It would create better synergies between industries in Texas and reduce business trips. (No need for that high speed rail to Dallas anymore!)
Because Texas is not setup that way. Texas probably does need a dominant economic city though. Even LA caught and pulled away from San Francisco in California. Which one is going to take that step in Texas remains to be seen. Houston looks like the winner but it doesn't show in population though.
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Old 08-23-2015, 06:42 PM
 
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So people want 75% of Texas population in Houston? LMAO!! Yeah that wouldnt be a mess at all.
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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I call it "the houston metro" and drop the "area." I think it sounds cool that way.
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Willowbrook, Houston
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I say Greater Houston or Metro Houston.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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Generally when you are talking to someone from outside of the Houston area, you say you are from Houston or the Houston area. When you are talking to someone from this area, you are more specific--Bellaire, Katy, inside the Loop, a subdivision, etc.

As someone who's lived here my entire life, it's usually called Greater Houston or Houston Area. Or Greater Houston Area .

H-Town and all other names are just nicknames, not something you normally use in a typical conversation.
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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Additionally, I find that when someone says they are from Houston, and the person they're talking to has the slightest knowledge of our area, they will often ask "Oh, what part?". If they know Houston and how large it is, they know enough to ask more details. If they care.
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:10 AM
 
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I concur with your logic.


If I'm unsure that the person who asks "where do you live/are you from" knows anything about Houston, then "I'm from Houston"


If its a local or someone who has previously made clear they know Houston, they get a specific vernacular description.



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Generally when you are talking to someone from outside of the Houston area, you say you are from Houston or the Houston area. When you are talking to someone from this area, you are more specific--Bellaire, Katy, inside the Loop, a subdivision, etc.

As someone who's lived here my entire life, it's usually called Greater Houston or Houston Area. Or Greater Houston Area .

H-Town and all other names are just nicknames, not something you normally use in a typical conversation.
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