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  1. I already schooled you in two other threads, looks like we're going to have a three-peat. 😊
  2. Of course, this assumes that the city and business leaders would just let it happen. But the business leaders are quite smart, I'm sure they'd figure out a way to pivot and persist during that shift. Even if it means having to acquire new startups. The city would also have to invest in itself to both attract the talent, and/or create it.
  3. It depends on how far in the future you are looking. I agree with your point in regards to the nearer terms. But when more eastward bayou developments like East River crop up, you're going to end up with more of an urban-nature integration to a degree not afforded as strongly in the current hotspot of Downtown/Midtown. Such recreation is important in what makes an area desirable. But suppose that boom goes all the way along the Bayou, to Harrisburg or beyond? Then the city fabric becomes quite linear/elongated, to a point that Downtown is a bit farther west of the midline.
  4. Nope, that's a clear, solid point. The problem is that you people on this site don't understand the concept of nuance. All my original point suggested was that revitalization of the bayou would radically shift the designated desirable area from west-focused to east-focused, which would cause implications on the desirability of the current downtown location. Somehow, that got spun into that I'm suggesting actual physical movement of downtown. I really don't care anything about the west side, quite frankly, there's just nothing to it naturally. That goes whether we are talking about stepford-suburbs like Katy, or the urban-planning mess that is the Galleria. And I already acknowledge the current unfortunate status of the East side. But nevertheless, that area holds, by far, the best potential when it comes to integrating Houston with its natural features. No longer is the bayou a dingy brown creek that overspills the banks with every flood, it's an actual riparian feature that frames the land and provides significant recreation. Combine that with San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas, and Houston reconnects all the pieces that grant it sense of place: it finally becomes a true Bayou City. So yes, the East is indeed slave to toxic industry now, but as soon as clean energy sources hit greater uses, I can easily see that land being reclaimed in a vein similar to the revitalization of certain Rust Belt cities (i.e. Pittsburgh) after steel and automotive industries were outsourced.
  5. Of course it has, people are too busy dancing around the answer and bloviating to infinity rather than acknowledging the point and its nuances. Reefmonkey did this a lot, and it really kills the quality of discussion.
  6. It's quite obvious.
  7. I believe Harrisburg was the site of a land dispute, because the owner died before the city founders arrived. Ironically, the area is now within Houston city limits. Go figure.
  8. It's just funny how the city ended up focusing itself on the tiniest, dingiest, most sensitive portions of its waterway. But lo and behold, the parts that are actually grand and impressive are wasted on pollutive industry. Reclaiming the bayou will definitely be a true game-changer for the city when it comes to connecting people here with the outdoors.
  9. Nah, the west will become inferior too. The ammenities offered wouldn't differentiate Houston from Dallas (which people seem to hate). The east, at least, offers real natural potential. No physical movement, just reshuffling of population mass. Especially easier to do in Houston since the growth follows the market. The concept of a "downtown" is a strictly American phenomenon, anywho. Most modern cities around the globe are polycentric.
  10. Nah, that's just weather patterns. But even then, we've dealt with great heights a fair share of our history: they don't call Houston "Space City" for nothing. 😊
  11. Less concrete, more trees, great shade for the pedestrians in the heat of Texas. The spot that downtown is located.
  12. With upcoming pushes farther east along with bayou with East River and the Partnership, the location of downtown is going to get inferior real quick. The abominations of the 70s-80s already seem to have done much of the work, anywho.
  13. Seems that the habitat is doomed, anyway. All the more reason to make the conversion: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/houston-matters/2019/04/01/327247/houston-will-feel-more-like-central-mexico-in-60-years/
  14. Oh yeah, sorry I missed this part, it was buried in the vast amounts of stalwart reactionarism: While the whooping crane is endangered, the territory is not endemic to Texas, and nesting grounds are on the immediate shoreline, not the coastal prairie. Conversion to forest won't harm this species. Now the prairie chicken, that is exactly the type of species I was referring to, endemic to the region and dependent upon the habitat. It seems though, that much of the remaining population is already confined to the wildlife refuge this is protecting them. Therefore, the conversion can still go through, so long it ignores the areas of protected land.
  15. So @Reefmonkey, looks like it does "follow the plow" after all 😏
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