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  1. So either you must be making a fortune living in Houston or you must be considered unemployable by the rest of the nation. Here's a thought... Maybe a lot of people actually like the weather most of the year in Houston. Maybe zoning means nothing to 99% of the population. Maybe people don't smell the ship channel in north, west, or south Houston. The negatives you mentioned are obviously not enough to keep people from moving to or staying in Houston - this includes you if you really do live in Houston. There are many things that set Houston apart from other cities, but for some reason you only choose to bring up the negatives. I don't get it. Why do people who can't find good reasons to live in Houston stay here. And I really can't understand how it is possible to dislike the city you live in and yet still have an interest in what goes on in it or care about it as you obviously do. It's evident by the number of post you have made at this website that you are interested in Houston. You're mudslinging doesn't add up. I mean, I wouldn't want to live in El Paso for whatever reason. So I wouldn't move there. If for some reason I was forced to live there at gunpoint or because of a great job or to be near family or something, I think I would probably be doing ANYTHING in my spare time EXCEPT going to a website that was dedicated to the city of El Paso. I probably wouldn't care if they were building towers, stadiums, shopping venue office parks or anything else. I'd probably be going to a website that was about something I liked. O wait, then I couldn't complain or argue - so how could that be fun, right? So more interesting than the question 'why do you live in Houston' would be 'why do you come to HAIF if you hate Houston?' It would be like being a red neck homophobe and only tuning into LOGO, and then going to their website to complain that there are too many gay shows on their network. Change the channel already. Logo is not the only channel on T.V.
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  2. I think you should repost that in the Houston slogan thread! "Houston - all the freedom you need to be your own bad self."
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  3. ??? What do you mean? You take an interest in the things you're most interested in, attend the events you're most excited about, support the venues and stores that suit you best, few and far between though they may be. There's a lot of crappy pizza places in Houston, but I'm happy to support Star Pizza and I'm sure many others have their own favorite place. Houston is really bad about historical preservation for the most part, so when I see an opportunity to scream at a developer like Weingarten for trying to tear down the River Oaks theater, well, I'm going to take that opportunity. You make the best of the situation you're in, even if you think that the place you live is generally culturally-limited and wrong-headed. I'm pissed that the city's bike infrastructure is so horrible, but I still ride in Critical Mass every month to promote cycling and cyclist awareness.
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  4. egos can make some people do very irrational things. well other than the usual suspects, keep in mind they reduced the number of units AND amount of retail, which kills the underwriting. deal didnt make economic sense before and it sure as heck doesnt now. but hey, its their money and lifestyle; put up 75%, full personal recourse, and go for it. i double.. no.. i triple dog dare ya!
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  5. Some photos from yesterday...
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  6. Born and raised here. Went to U of H for undergraduate degree, U of H Clear Lake for MBA. I lived in Canada for 1 1/2 years when a job sent me there. I have traveled extensively and seen a lot of other places and agree there are some really great places to live out there. But I always come home to Houston, and Texas. It seems my fate was sealed in 1834 when my ancestors chose to leave Ireland and head to Texas. I am a sixth generation Texan and despite all the reasons people give to not live here, I look past them all because this is my home and I will probably never leave it.
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  7. Speaking from experience, people are not nice everywhere. I had the unfortunate experience of living in central Indiana for several years, and I found the people to be cold and distant. It felt like a cultural backwater coming from the east coast. Then when I moved to Houston, people were welcoming and accepting without any preconditions. It was not just my imagination. Sure, there are some a-holes in the mix, but I've never had a problem. Oh, please!! It's easy to pick apart any city into just the bad parts, and there aren't too many cities with 68 to 85 degree temperatures all year round. Maybe L.A. or San Diego, but they have their share of problems and deficiencies. In the right neighborhood, Houston is more than just bearable. It's actually quite enjoyable. Maybe Clear Lake just isn't the right place for you...I wouldn't want to live there either. This city is a much bigger place.
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  8. Because it's my home and I love it.
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  9. Having travelled all over the States, the one and only reason that I have retained residence in Houston is the people. There is nowhere else quite like Houston when it comes to hospitality. One only has to go back a year to see just how quickly we pitch in to help each other in times of need. This is home, and this is where my heart is. In good times and bad, I am still "Houston Proud".
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  10. It's got to be a pretty deep-seated grudge to set the debris on fire.... My theory: volcano.
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  11. nice read. reminds me of the school bus, but with less bubblegum and more blackberry.
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  12. LOL. Great read and great observations.
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  13. Doug - this was a GREAT article...very well done. I remember one of the first times I rode a Park & Ride - and we reached the end of the line - and I started to get off - then realized the protocol was "one row at a time"... My daughter and I have a fun habit - when I see people doing DOOFUS things in airports and on board the aircraft, I always text her the hilarious stories.
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  14. That was really a funny read. Good stuff I wait for my bus (bus #3, the West Gray route) right there at Milam and Dallas near the El Paso building. My route is just a local bus, not a park and ride, so obviously I don't stand in the long park and ride lines that are there at the bus stop. I get a lot of dirty looks from the park and ride line people because they think I'm going to cut in their line. Always humorous to me.
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  16. Turning a discussion about free-range dogs and cats political is just bad manners.
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  17. If you trap a cat in your yard and don't ask your neighbors if they might know whose cat it is before you ship it off, you're a bit of a jerk.
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  18. If you have cats and let them run at large, you are violating city ordinance. (And before anyone tries to tell me that the "at-large" provision applies only to dogs, check Sec. 6-3. Running at large of domestic animals or fowl prohibited.). Not only that, but you are creating a nuisance by letting your cats go into your neighbors' yards and walk all over their clean cars and do their business in flowerbeds, under houses, etc. Please be a responsible cat owner and keep your cats inside where they belong at all times. Otherwise, you might be searching for your cat at BARC after I humanely trap it in my yard.
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  19. Trying to stereotype Midtown residents as a bunch of frat boys is pretty lame and has no basis in reality.
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  20. It's really telling that one of your interests is to scream at a developers like Weingarten. Now I get it, you stay in Houston because you like to complain. You won't move away because there wouldn't be enough to complain about in other cities and you must enjoy being miserable. Just kidding. I agree that unless you are some kind of sadist, you have to focus on the positive and make the most out of every situation even if it is not all good. But, obviously nothing in Houston is bad enough or culturally limited to extent that you don't fit right in to the point that it would make you leave or you would have left already. I just think that if people are going to go online and make lists out of everything they the don't like, they should 'fess up and admit that none of those thing are important enough to make them leave. The people who say they dislike Houston yet choose to stay are living proof that the positives out weigh the negatives. For all the unhappiness they are 'forced' to endure, there are enough things in this city to keep them 'interested' however far and few between - I guess it must be just enough to make life bearable. The negatives outweighed the positives in L.A. for me so I don't live there anymore. But when I did live there I could see no good reason for going on to the internet everyday and telling all the people who like it what a dump their town was. What would be the point? This is not putting lipstick on a pig. This is just exposing hypocrisy. BTW- I'm not talking about the people who come here just to argue about things like whether or not light rail should be constructed or what to do with the Astrodome - I'm talking about the ones who show up just to say "Houston sucks". BTW, Bicycles suck. I hate bicycles. I don't own one and I have no interest in bicycle culture or bicyclist. Can someone please direct me to a bicycling enthusiast website so that I can write a lot of post complaining about bicycle issues. That sounds like a fun and productive thing to do with my leisure time.
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  21. I call it "over where those silos used to be where we'd go to light fireworks on the Fourth of July."
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  22. I thought it was "Neartown". I've always called it that... hrm...
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  23. Nice pics. Thanks for the updates.
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  24. The hot/humid weather doesn't seem to be an issue affecting property values or retirement trends in Florida (which, like Texas, has high property taxes). If you want to talk about weather adversely affecting desirability, we really need to talk about places like Buffalo, Detroit, Milwaukee, or Boston. There are very good reasons that the Sunbelt migration pattern is so prominent, and the region's namesake is one of them. (Another is air conditioning.) As for the comments about people being nice, all I can say is that I've heard so many times from so many different generations and nationalities of people who have spent time here and elsewhere that Houstonians (and Texans or southerners, generally) are much nicer that it's hard to ignore the perponderance of evidence. That does not mean that there are no nice people anywhere but here; nor does it mean that we have found a way to cull out the assholes. But it does seem like the ratio varies from city to city (or region to region) and we got the long end of the stick. I mean hell, when was the last time you heard someone comment on how many nice people there are in New York City? Houston has its problems (the flatness chief among them, IMO). That certainly does not mean that it is without its redeeming aspects.
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  25. They did not add another floor this week, so it must be at the top floor. I guess they'll start with the turbine structure now. I'll keep my eyes out for when it's treed. The glass appears to be over halfway installed.
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  26. Actually, I am an owner of 2 dogs and zero cats, but who has no problem allowing the neighborhood cats to lounge around on my front porch, as they love to do. Also, as an owner of 2 dogs, one 45 pounds and one 60 pounds, I find it incomprehensible to be offended by a 5 pound cat's turd, when I am picking up the turds of my dogs. So, no, your reply would not describe me. Since good old-fashioned neighborliness seems not to be your forte, let me confine my reply to the habits of dogs and cats. Dogs tend to be more aggressive, necessitating their confinement, either by fence or leash. Cats are much less so. It is rare for a person to be attacked by a cat, and then, usually only when the person is trying to catch the cat. Cats are very agile, meaning that the fence will not keep it contained. However, the roaming cat is a good thing (at least on MY street), because cats are the natural enemy of rats and mice. Now, maybe you are a fan of rats and mice, which would explain your hatred of the neighbors' cats. Me, I much prefer the lazy cat on my porch to the invading rats. That's why I do not mind the cats. BTW, Mr. Cheney, welcome to the neighborhood. Hey, you cats! Get off my lawn!
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  28. You feel superior to: 1. A guy who runs to catch the bus 2. People who are looking for a seat when you already have one up front 3. People who can't find a seat and have to deboard 4. Homeless people And you make a point of being obnoxious and annoying when someone commits the horrible offense of putting their bag on the seat next to them. You are one of the worst bus riders I've ever read about or encountered. PS the button behind Wortham is green now.
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  29. I don't think light rail in general works, though the one place it does is Portland, OR. The reason it works there is that connects places that actually need to be connected, the airport with the city, the suburban areas with downtown, etc. If I were to redesign the current light rail, I'd start by turning it into a third rail system with no overhead wires, elevate it in places, such as downtown, make the fare system more like Chicago or Boston, and add turnstiles.
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  31. Ditto. Given the choice, I would not choose the hotness or the flatness.
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  32. I live here b/c I got a job here after college.
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  33. this is an automated response to my reviews on yelp.
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  34. came here for work and school. would like to leave but the economy is pretty solid here.
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  35. I disagree. If I lived in a place I didn't really like, I would be doing everything I could to find the interesting things going on in it, and new developments making it better, something, anything to break up the monotony. In fact, I don't like Houston for the most part: poor transit, poor bike infrastructure, lots of sprawl, heavy bigot quotient...but I'm damned sure going to try to make the best of it.
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  36. We're definitely on the same page here..
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  37. How exactly would you do that? Be careful, you might have to say something nice about Houston to make your point.
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  38. As most of you know, nearly all of the HAIFers live in Houston or a nearby suburb. I am not one of those people. I live in College Station, which, while "close enough" to Houston, is not really a suburb at all, despite the fact that many people from CS commute to Houston on a daily basis. I live in College Station because I go to school there (even though, technically, I am a legal adult). But I also visit Houston, too, for purposes of sightseeing, family, and other reasons. To say Houston is "pretty cool" is a bit of an understatement (well, not literally, everyone knows Houston is not very thermally cool at all, especially in the summertime). You, on the other hand, live in Houston. It's a highly functioning and diverse city, and I've even heard of some HAIFers not even leaving the inner loop. They have everyone they can need...their home, work, and the shops (Wal-Mart, HEB, Randalls, Target, etc.) and services (banks, clinics, nightclubs, etc.) to function. But there's also the "pull" factor. Why do you live in Houston? Well, there's your job, obviously, but think of it this way: would you like it if say, you got reassigned to L.A., Chicago, Dallas, or New York? Still a big city, with everything you need, with your job intact, but would it be the same? Probably not. The question here is "Why do you live in Houston?" Please discuss.
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  39. Reading these responses is like reading horoscopes: no matter which month you were actually born, any horoscope will fit. ...People are "nice" everywhere. People are also a-holes - everywhere. Including this city. "The people are nice" rationale is never really a valid reason to live anywhere - because it does not differentiate places, when it comes down to it. I don't care what magazines, etc that "rank" cities on something like this - they're idiots, as well as the people who believe those rankings. Same thing goes with restaurants, theaters, night life etc - any big city will have remarkably good venues. You chose the good places to go, and you avoid the bad. Cities give you those kinds of options... Let's move on to what really sets this city apart from many others: No zoning (and the mess we wallow in)... Weather that keeps property values down (if we had 68 or even 85 degree temps all year round, our homes would be double the value they are now) The smell of the East End/Ship Channel/Pasadena (I know, its the smell of "money") The ragin inferno, aka summertime. The good news is that all of this means a lower cost of living. Which means you can invest more. Which means you can get the hell out of here, sooner rather later, especially around retirement time... I hear a lot of Houston lover comments. But how much do you really love this city? Gonna retire here? You poor souls, those who do. The world is so much bigger than this place. Love it for what it is. Minus the lipstick, please.
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