Enjoy it while it last, it must be a beating in the winter though.
Down here in northern Mexico (or as some call it Texas) we just had our
usual 2 weeks of spring and jump right into summer. We usually have
about 6 months of summer, 5 months of winter, and fall and spring fight
it out for the remaining scraps.
cry me a river ;-)
I was out of the country last week enjoying some glorious 70 degree
weather, and when I returned to Dallas last friday afternoon it was 98!
Since I hadn't check the weather while I was gone I was a bit
surprised to say the least. All last weekend was in the mid to upper
Nothing better than late summer weather in mid-May. Damn those melting
ice caps ;-)
The high here has been around 56, with rain...
By the time I actually move to Houston (mid-June), I'll prob. go nito
Right now, looks like the sun is tryign to break through - mayeb I'll
actually be able to finish mowing the dang lawn (jeez I detest lawns...)
aahhh, Houston in the summertime, a veritable paradise. That's is if
paradise comes with high temperatures coupled with a wonderful amount
of humidity thrown in to make you feel all warm and fuzzy(or maybe
that's sticky, I always forget). Give me a root canal anyday ;-)
I lived in Houston years ago and always called it the "armpit of America".
I've lived in lots of cities the U.S. (and visited others) and Houston is
the one place I would not want to go back to. There certainly are nice
parts of Texas (San Ant., Dallas, Abilene, etc.) but you couldn't pay me
enough to live in Houston!
I wouldn't personally call it an armpit, but that doesn't mean I would
want to live there either. I go all there time (I was just there a
couple of weeks ago), and there are some nice parts to the city. I
just can't take the weather. I don't like feeling I need to take a
shower all the time due to the humidity. The same reason I would never
want to live in Miami(well at least one of the many reasons).
It must have an appeal to some people though, I read recently that it
had surpassed Chicago as the third largest city in the US. I assume
that must be including a lot of the suburbs because metropolitan
Chicago seems much larger to me IMHO.
To my knowledge, Houston still has a long way to go before it surpasses
Chicago as the third largest city in the US. Houston's population is
around 2 million. Chicago has 2.8 million.
Also bear in mind that Houston has annexed most of its suburbs. Chicago
hasn't. It means that while the city of Houston's population ranks 4th
in the US (After New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago), the Houston
metropolitan area ranks much lower - tenth in the US, after New York,
LA, Chicago, DC, San Fransisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, and
If you judge a city by its looks and its maintenance, then yes, Houston
is an armpit. Granted, that's not a complete way to look at a city (you
also have to consider housing prices, jobs, cultural and recreational
opportunities, etc.) And as far as armpits go, Houston's not bad. Have
you ever seen the armpit of New York City - the South Bronx? I have.
Or how about many mid-sized formerly industrial now shot-to-hell cities
on the East Coast - New Britain Connecticut for example, or Lewiston
Maine? Been there. Wouldn't want to go back...
Most of the sites I went and looked at confirmed that Houston is still
no 4. I just remember hearing it on TV in the last year and being
surprised because it didn't sound right. I did find some sites that
said it is third as a population center (for whatever that's worth).
Yeah, if you're stupid (or broke) enough to hang around outdoors all day
long in July you're right.
But Houston has long been known as the most air-conditioned city in the
US. Indoors, it's always nice and comfy. Has been since the 1950s.
Something to think about before knocking this city.
Perhaps. Southern Florida is perhaps the only place in the US that's
hotter and more humid than Houston Texas in the summer.
The thing that people don't realize about Houston (and I'll bet southern
Florida, too) is that the unpleasant heat and humidity is only during 2
or 3 months in the summer. The rest of the year it's -gasp- NICE!
Temps in the 70s. Sunny alot of the time.
I like to look at it this way. New York has nice weather in the spring,
summer, and fall. But they have a few months in the winter when it's
torturously cold. By moving to Houston I just replaced the cold months
in the dead of winter with hot months in the dead of summer. Here,
fall, winter, and spring are the nice months.
Housing is *much* lower than it is here in MA - and California, holy moly!,
I dunno who can afford to live there anymore, at least southern CA...
The parts I saw of Houston (the west and northwest) looked just fine to me.
There are a lot fo new-looking buildings towards the city center, there are
a lot fo trees, the roads (unlike her in MA) were overall well-maintained,
and mostly fairly straight; the place overall looked quite clean (i.e. not
a lot of litter or junk lying around), and so on.
It's not as dense as NYC (which I grew up fairly close to) and it wasn't as
polluted as, say, northern NJ. The neighborhoods I saw seemed fairly quiet
and peaceful. Just about anything will grow there. And, if summer is bad,
at least the other seasons aer nice. And no damn snow to shovel. Also, my
arthrtis didn't bother me as much there - int hat regard, warmer is always
better ;) .
I have heard that eastern Houston, where the refineries and so on are
located, is rougher, but I grew up living near refineries so I tend to
avoid those areas.
So, I'm trying to accentuate the positive and *not* go into the situation
(i.e. moving there) with the predetermintion that it'll just totally
It is cheap to live here. Rent is cheap. Houses to buy are cheap. Not
only does it make it much easier on young people starting their careers,
it also means that peoples homes don't stand to fall very far in value
when the housing bubble bursts (the prices aren't nearly as inflated as
they are elsewhere). It's much smarter to buy a $180,000 house in
Houston at this point than to buy a comparable house for $500,000 in the
New York metro area.
Southwest Houston is even nicer than West and Northwest. I live in
Braeswood near the Texas Medical Center, and I love it.
The roads depend on where you are and who maintains them. I don't know
how it works in MA, but here in Houston there are no fewer than five
bureaucracies maintaining roads and transit in the city. (Don, don't
flip, it wasn't my idea). TX DOT does a reasonable job at keeping our
highways well maintained and clean (not free of traffic mind you, I
meant free of potholes) But the city offices that maintain surface
streets had their funding cut by former mayor Lee Brown, and they're
falling further and further behind every day.
Downtown Houston, with its density, is slowly coming back, too. There
are more and more bars and older office buildings are being renovated
into condos one after the other.
East Houston is less wealthy than west Houston. I'd compare alot of it,
at least the area around the University of Houston on the southeast
side, to Southie in Boston.
Houston isn't a bad place to live. If you could see the positive in
visiting, you'll love living here. I hated this place when I first
visited it. It's grown on me in the 7 years that I've lived here, and
at this point I don't see myself moving any time soon.
Yup. I've seen a couple of bubbles fall when I was living where the fall
occurred. It isn't pretty.
I remain convinced that a burst will happen in CA as well - I don't know
how people can afford to live there if they're not making six figures.
What I hate most is when people let a place fall to guano, and then *still*
expect a king's ransom for what has become a total dump.
I thought that was Central, not that I really know tho' <g>, just going by
the real estate maps. Looks like we might end up in the near NW tho', at
least for now; there are 2 very nice rental houses under consideration.
The offer to buy the one place fell through because each new inspection
turned up yet another area where lazy neglect bacame a case of "penny wise,
pound foolish", exceot that the pounds were going to fall to the buyer. So
we said, Forget That.
Hopefully, the owners of which-ever rental house will let me do some
gardening ;) ! The advantage tor enting is that you have a place to live
but can look around an area at your leisure. Also whether the job will
work out. If that ends up being a long-term residence, who knows, maybe a
nice bit of land will turn up <g>
Just going by what I saw (and didn't feel!), the roads there are still much
I also did some online research and there are resources where I can get
native and exotic hardwoods, also a few that evidently offer classes in
stained glass, glassblowing, metalworking, and so on and so forth.
Bars/clubs aren't at all my 'thing', but I'm excited that there seem to be
a number of art/craft supply places because that's what I love to do, try
my hand at all sorts of ways to make things. I've been running through
graph papaer diagraming the various projects I want to build (or to be
accurate, *try* to build <g>!), so that's what I'm excited about. Well, of
course, also my oft-beaten-dead-horse (i.e. landscaping/gardening).
I enjoyed my visit. Of course it didn't go over the mid-70's then <L!>
But I've been to the Cape Canaveral area during the Winter and it seems
Houston will be similar, so I'll certainly like that, especially if tehre
are some nature preserves and botanical gardens around and I can get back
into Photography now that my eye seems to have settled down.
There do seem to be several arts/crafts venues there, so I'm *hoping* that
I can settle down and maybe <!> start getting into a show here and there.
Main problem is focusing on a few particular media/techniques, also getting
away from concentrating on house-related things, but all in all, I'm hoping
to have enough space in a place there to actualy build some of my designs
for various items and from various materials.
Which is of course heavily influenced by the cost of living. What you get
there for $300K is *much* different than what you get here for the price.
Same with rent - one of the places under consideration is something like
3700 or 3800 sq ft, 10 yrs old, with a private pool, an actual workshop,
and room (if permitted) for a fair amount of gardening, for $2200/month;
whereas here, from what we saw for that price, you get, like, a 2-BR
apartment (or maybe 3-BR, if the place is cheesy) that doesn't even have a
balcony. Well, OK, it's true you might be able to find cheaper places
around here, but we wouldn't necessarily want to live in them - what's
livable when you're 22 is not always tolerable when you're 50.
The other thing is that Houston center (if you can say that - there seem to
be several sub-centers, from what I saw) seems to be a whole heck of a huge
lot more accessible than Boston, and ther are several newer buildings that
would be interesting to see, prob. some older ones as well ;) . I also
have to check the distance to the Grand Canyon. Also to places like Chaco
Canyon and some of the other ancient sites, such as those Cliff Dwellings -
all of those are also structures (well, remenants thereof...) that I want
very much to see, photograph, and maybe even do some measurements if
permitted (because I think they'd be great fun to model in 3D) (OK, I know,
no big secret, they're buildings and I enjoy modeling buildings, nothing
new there <LOL!>). So there are some structures in the general
geographical area that I'm also interestedin seeing, especially pueblos and
the like. So that also a possibility that IMO is exciting.
So I guess the moral to the story is "one man's armpit is another man's..."
um well actually, OTOH maybe I don't really want to go there..... <LOL!!>
Let's just leave it at the buildings ;)
Better get my air-conditioned body suit next time I go down there. I
wouldn't want to be silly enough to actually step outside.
Maybe you should get that factoid to the Houston Visitors Center, It
would make a great selling point to potential new residents.
BTW, I didn't knock the city just the weather, which does suck. I've
been many times in different times of the year and I've never found the
weather great or particularly comfortable. Many of my friends who live
there say the same thing, including people who were born and raised
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