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Old 08-06-2009, 03:49 PM
 
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Compared to larger cities there is a lack of museums, theatre, fine dining etc. Look it is to be expected.

Why so sensitive? Do you honestly think you're going to find the same venues you do in larger cities. Houston is a much larger city.

I find this area is very sports minded, and there is nothing wrong with that, but you don't find too many people here who are well rounded.

I was talking to someone here the other day regarding the Gov. of South Carolina and how he ran off to Argentina. I made a joke regarding "Evita", they didn't know what I was talking about.

I said you know "Don't Cry for me Argentina", clueless.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Riverview, FL
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Just to chime in about culture etc, I moved here from New York City 6 yrs ago and continue to be favorably surprised about the amount of culture in Tampa Bay Metro. A prior post mentioned air quality, something I don't think about much because it's relatively good here. From what I've heard, Houston is right up there with Los Angeles in terms of air quality issues. As far as health care, with an aging population, Houston has Andersen Cancer Center- pretty sure #1 in USA. Moffitt here is quite good too.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:34 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Compared to larger cities there is a lack of museums, theatre, fine dining etc. Look it is to be expected.

Why so sensitive? Do you honestly think you're going to find the same venues you do in larger cities. Houston is a much larger city.

I find this area is very sports minded, and there is nothing wrong with that, but you don't find too many people here who are well rounded.

I was talking to someone here the other day regarding the Gov. of South Carolina and how he ran off to Argentina. I made a joke regarding "Evita", they didn't know what I was talking about.

I said you know "Don't Cry for me Argentina", clueless.
Seain dublin, im the last person to get sensitive chatting with strangers on this forum thing...im am very secure in knowing what i have here in tampa, and for a city of this size, there are definitely an adequate amount of theater, performaing arts, museums, art, and culture...alot more than other cities similar in size...one just has to view the arts and culture sections of creative loafing, tbt or the like, and those only gives a small sample of whats in the area.

I just wanted to know specifically what was missing, because I am very much into the arts and culture here, I am on several comittees, and we ask everyone who visits or resides here what is missing...so that is why I am asking.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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My wife and I are also considering Houston or Tampa... we have visited both within the last 4 months and by and far Tampa wins. The only thing that Houston has over Tampa (for us) is slightly higher pay. A few things that struck me about Houston:

1) Drivers in Houston are INSANE. They don't use turn signals and they ignore turn signals. They ignore the speed limits and are rude all around.

2) In the Houston metro, we saw so many houses with walls, tall fences, locked gates, bars over windows, etc... it looked like a warzone. This even in some of the better areas. What are the people there so afraid of?

St. Pete / Tampa Bay have better roads, better drivers, affordable cost of living, and incredible beaches within minutes! We are sold.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I said you know "Don't Cry for me Argentina", clueless.
I married into a family of opera nerds who would have missed the reference- they won't have anything to do with ALW or his music because they think he's an utter hack.

Everyone's got different preferences when it comes to the arts.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:38 AM
 
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My wife and I are also considering Houston or Tampa... we have visited both within the last 4 months and by and far Tampa wins. The only thing that Houston has over Tampa (for us) is slightly higher pay. A few things that struck me about Houston:

1) Drivers in Houston are INSANE. They don't use turn signals and they ignore turn signals. They ignore the speed limits and are rude all around.

2) In the Houston metro, we saw so many houses with walls, tall fences, locked gates, bars over windows, etc... it looked like a warzone. This even in some of the better areas. What are the people there so afraid of?

St. Pete / Tampa Bay have better roads, better drivers, affordable cost of living, and incredible beaches within minutes! We are sold.
Good choice! I've only been to Houston once, and I can only say that I never saw a place more devoid of everything that I love (except for maybe Bakersfield, CA lol). I really, really hated the dirty air, lack of lush and natural beauty that we have here, plus it's almost a requirement for me to live near the water. Florida has much nicer air quality since we are surrounded by the salty oceans and have breezes they blow the bad stuff off.

Tampa Bay area may not be perfect, but NO place is, this area is still a great place to live with a lot to offer.

Good luck to you!
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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My wife and I are also considering Houston or Tampa... we have visited both within the last 4 months and by and far Tampa wins. The only thing that Houston has over Tampa (for us) is slightly higher pay. A few things that struck me about Houston:

1) Drivers in Houston are INSANE. They don't use turn signals and they ignore turn signals. They ignore the speed limits and are rude all around.

2) In the Houston metro, we saw so many houses with walls, tall fences, locked gates, bars over windows, etc... it looked like a warzone. This even in some of the better areas. What are the people there so afraid of?

St. Pete / Tampa Bay have better roads, better drivers, affordable cost of living, and incredible beaches within minutes! We are sold.

Have you driven in Tampa? LOL, they don't know what a turn signal is here. And unlike TX, Florida doesn't impound cars when they have no car insurance. They get a ticket and keep driving.

FL leads the nation in uninsured drivers. There is also no state inspection of vehicles so they drive with no brakes and bald tires. I actually saw a rusted on old Ford Maverick on the road a couple of months ago...LOL.

And better roads? Houston has major freeways, FL ranks 41 out of the 50 states in highway safety.

I will agree the air quality is better than Houston, but roads here are awful. US 19 is rated at one of the deadliest in the nation.
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas (via Clearwater, Florida)
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My husband has the option of relocating and his company has two branches: Tampa, Fl or Houston, TX.
We’re a family of 4 with 2 kids in elementary school. I would appreciate any information in which city is better in terms of public schools, safer communities, good neighborhoods, better cost of living, etc. We come from Puerto Rico so the hot weather isn’t an issue.
The OP wrote a similar post of the Houston forum. This was my reply:

I think I am qualified to answer these questions. I recently relocated to Houston from the Tampa Bay area (10 year resident). Everything you mentioned, Houston is better. Florida's education system is near the bottom of the barrel when compared to other states. The Tampa Bay area is near the top in crime rates. There are nice neighborhoods in Tampa; however, you will pay a premium to live there. The cost living, specifically housing and insurances, is nearly twice that of Houston. I cut my car insurance by 2/3rd and my homeowners insurance by 3/4th. I would also add employment opportunities are more abundant in Houston (but getting tighter) and the salaries are higher.

Given everything I just said, I would still give my left... pinky finger to have my life back in Florida. It's my home. It's all I know. I left behind my friends and way of life.

I would give Tampa the edge in overall beauty and nice beaches; but, everything else goes to Houston.
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas (via Clearwater, Florida)
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My wife and I are also considering Houston or Tampa... we have visited both within the last 4 months and by and far Tampa wins. The only thing that Houston has over Tampa (for us) is slightly higher pay. A few things that struck me about Houston:

1) Drivers in Houston are INSANE. They don't use turn signals and they ignore turn signals. They ignore the speed limits and are rude all around.

2) In the Houston metro, we saw so many houses with walls, tall fences, locked gates, bars over windows, etc... it looked like a warzone. This even in some of the better areas. What are the people there so afraid of?

St. Pete / Tampa Bay have better roads, better drivers, affordable cost of living, and incredible beaches within minutes! We are sold.

You are wrong. How can you write an objective post and have never lived in neither place?
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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I still can't get over the better roads comment. Houston has a major freeway system, Tampa does not.

US 41, US 19 are very dangerous roads. Parts of US 41 are one lane in each directon. OP doesn't know what they're talking about.

The roads in TX are way better than FL. I posted earlier FL ranks 41 out of the 50 states in highway safety.
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