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  1. On the other hand, if remote working initiatives and automation increase, given the experiences with the work-from-home lockdown, then city-office spaces will be less and less necessary, as companies realize that they can save lots of overhead. Thus, the concept of economic activity being tied to anyone city would become a thing of the past.
  2. You know, I read quite a bit about climate change, along with other factors such as ocean acidification. And I'll say that you're correct, we're in for a major threat coming the next few decades, one that will strike fear even in the relatively insulated first-world - it would make the COVID-19 effects look like child's play.
  3. I already schooled you in two other threads, looks like we're going to have a three-peat. 😊
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It's quite obvious.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. 😊
  13. Less concrete, more trees, great shade for the pedestrians in the heat of Texas. The spot that downtown is located.
  14. 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.
  15. 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/
  16. 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.
  17. So @Reefmonkey, looks like it does "follow the plow" after all 😏
  18. The biodiversity of the land would indeed improve. The presence of forests gives room for the shade tolerant organisms to establish present. Meanwhile, there are still more than enough clearings necessary for the prairie species. Plus, this isn't the Amazon, where there are actually thousands of endemic creatures found nowhere else on the planet that depend specifically on the habitat: the organisms of the coastal prairie are mostly just your basic species found in wide areas of the Southern US, and so already can handle wide varieties of habitat anyway. That lack of endemism is essentially what nails the coffin on the prairies usefulness regarding my point. The estuaries and bays would also improve in biodiversity, since their clarity would be improved due to lesser runoff from the forest soils.
  19. Oh look, yet another reasoning error from you (see: appeal to popularity). You also seem to be calling the kettle black again. Nah, you're the joke here, and so is your master's degree. No amount of amens from the peanut gallery will change that.
  20. Yup, you're definitely trying too hard there. And I wouldn't start talking about reasoning errors if I were you, because you've made quite the lionshare throughout both of these threads.
  21. It's not that anyone has been wrong about this, just that there's a sheer lack of vision. It's one thing to learn and understand that information through a Master's level education, but it's a completely different ball game when it comes to taking that information, and connecting it all together as pieces of the grand plan. Troll is an overused word, by the way, which reeks of compensation and defensiveness in the face of defeat.
  22. There's also the simple fact that the people back then did not have as accurate of an understanding regarding the circumstances here, nor did they have the technological capability to deal with it.
  23. @s3mh provided the closest thing to a decent answer in this thread. And even then, his argument still didn't hold up.
  24. Drought is sort of an overstated issue, because it isn't really a problem for Houston/SE Texas like it is in the rest of the state. In fact, you're more likely to experience severe summer droughts/heat waves in the actual forests of the Piney Woods than in much of the Houston area. Texarkana, for instance, has seen temps as high as 117F. I said this earlier, but most issues with drought here in Houston are indirect, in that the clay soil makes it more of an issue than would otherwise be. Conversion of that soil, as would be done to establish forest, would minimize the issues of drought (greater permeability = more water available for tree roots). That being said, risks are minimized by starting with eastern metro areas like Houston Hobby/Pearland and Galveston Bay/coast. These areas offer the mildest climate in the Houston area, and so can handle more tender trees. Going farther inland and (north) west, the species gradually get hardier.
  25. Laughable. Every single one of those food sources and/or creatures you named are found, if anything, in greater abundance among forest land than in prairies. And all the species that need open land would still find it across many areas of forests.
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