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Old 02-20-2013, 12:58 AM
 
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^^ mentioned going to Starbucks as a tourist stop...to people watch.. on only a visit spanning two days. Commence face palm.

Note to OP: Wordlyman is a very good writer and extremely well versed in the language of adulation.
What do you suggest other than your normally negative snipes toward Houston?

I believe the OP mentioned 5 days.

Starbucks is just an orientation point, not the focal point of a trip to the Med Center...but whatever, some folks just simply cannot comprehend a "language of adulation"
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Houston travel guide - Wikitravel
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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Take Monday Off: Houston - WSJ.com
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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Be sure to visit Chinatown on Bellaire. Houston Chinatown,Chinese Restaurant in Houston Guide There are Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai restaurants and shopping. If your into Indian/Pakistani restaurants and shopping, visit Harwin Street. Bargain Shopping Harwin Drive - Harwin Central Market You'll get your best bargains at Katy Mill Mall out in Katy, Texas. There are lots of name brand stores there that sell at discounts. We also have a theatre district where you can see plays and musicals. Downtown Houston I am white, but my husband is Chinese, and we go everywhere and never have any problems. Houston is a melting pot of all different cultures and backgrounds.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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What do you suggest other than your normally negative snipes toward Houston?

I believe the OP mentioned 5 days.

Starbucks is just an orientation point, not the focal point of a trip to the Med Center...but whatever, some folks just simply cannot comprehend a "language of adulation"
Hmm so you're saying that you dont exaggerate, or flatter in you're descriptions of Houston?
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Hi guys,

just thought I'd update on my impressions of Houston, having gotten back from 4 days there.

- first, I was totally blown away by the racial diversity. For whatever reason, as mentioned in the op, I wondered if I'd stick out like a sore thumb as an Asian-American (as I had in many other Southern cities)..well, this was certainly not the case and there were way more Asians than I ever anticipated. Way more than Chicago, DC, Dallas...

- there WERE people walking on the streets!

- I rented a car. The freeways were as expected, though I do admit the general freeway traffic was heavier than expected. I love the Texas U Turn and frontage road system! Makes so much sense.
I did utilize the little light rail, but it was forgettable. Worse than the systems in Atlanta or Dallas if I was to compare.

- There are lots of pockets of empty space and abandoned sections in the city- also the lack of zoning does make the city come off as a little rundown and haphazard. Also, wow alot of office parks. They love the office parks in Texas!

- I had originally planned to stay downtown but was finding out more and more about how "desolate" it may be, so in the end I stayed at one of the better hotels across from the Galleria (which was a pretty impressive mall and I've been around). That area is pretty bustling.

- spent time Downtown. I appreciate the grid system layout. It was certainly not a bustling downtown but it wasnt as sleepy (around noon one day and around 6pm another) as I had anticipated. The workers downtown: VERY conservative dressing. Also ALOT of distinctive "Southern" hairstyles/ looks. Saw one of the uniformed ambassadors? riding those horses downtown picking up after them...

- spent time exploring Montrose, Midtown..met very friendly graceful people along the way. Montrose is a little punky. Also visited the Asian sections along Bellaire. Very strong Vietnamese presence that's for sure. Very sparse and sprawling shopping plazas. There was construction happening that time.
- this is a weird note but I love the exterior design of Southern banks!!! with the pilar columns and all in the front.

- I love the accents! Also the people I encountered had a natural gift of gab; thus the Southern way in my experiences. Overall, I'm glad I finally visited Houston- it does blow some of the state stereotypes out of the water.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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Houston also has a HUGE Indian & Pakistani population, but I really don't consider them Asian.
They are not what most people in the US call "Asian" (in terms of race)
But saying that they are not Asian is just as ignorant as saying that people from North Africa are not African.

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Overall, I'm glad I finally visited Houston- it does blow some of the state stereotypes out of the water.
I'm glad you enjoyed it
I didn't know about Houston until I moved to San Antonio... and I'm extremely glad to live here.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:45 AM
 
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Whoever repped me with "Houston sucks".... "F-you"
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:42 PM
 
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Hi guys,

just thought I'd update on my impressions of Houston, having gotten back from 4 days there.

- first, I was totally blown away by the racial diversity. For whatever reason, as mentioned in the op, I wondered if I'd stick out like a sore thumb as an Asian-American (as I had in many other Southern cities)..well, this was certainly not the case and there were way more Asians than I ever anticipated. Way more than Chicago, DC, Dallas...

- there WERE people walking on the streets!

- I rented a car. The freeways were as expected, though I do admit the general freeway traffic was heavier than expected. I love the Texas U Turn and frontage road system! Makes so much sense.
I did utilize the little light rail, but it was forgettable. Worse than the systems in Atlanta or Dallas if I was to compare.

- There are lots of pockets of empty space and abandoned sections in the city- also the lack of zoning does make the city come off as a little rundown and haphazard. Also, wow alot of office parks. They love the office parks in Texas!

- I had originally planned to stay downtown but was finding out more and more about how "desolate" it may be, so in the end I stayed at one of the better hotels across from the Galleria (which was a pretty impressive mall and I've been around). That area is pretty bustling.

- spent time Downtown. I appreciate the grid system layout. It was certainly not a bustling downtown but it wasnt as sleepy (around noon one day and around 6pm another) as I had anticipated. The workers downtown: VERY conservative dressing. Also ALOT of distinctive "Southern" hairstyles/ looks. Saw one of the uniformed ambassadors? riding those horses downtown picking up after them...

- spent time exploring Montrose, Midtown..met very friendly graceful people along the way. Montrose is a little punky. Also visited the Asian sections along Bellaire. Very strong Vietnamese presence that's for sure. Very sparse and sprawling shopping plazas. There was construction happening that time.
- this is a weird note but I love the exterior design of Southern banks!!! with the pilar columns and all in the front.

- I love the accents! Also the people I encountered had a natural gift of gab; thus the Southern way in my experiences. Overall, I'm glad I finally visited Houston- it does blow some of the state stereotypes out of the water.
Spread the word. Glad you visited our great city.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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When you visited downtown, did you get to explore the underground tunnel system? Most of the hustle-and-bustle downtown takes place there.
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