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  •  Don't say that!! (0+ / 0-)

    I've coined Dallas "The L.A. of the South"!  It's on my facebook, so it must be true!

    Seriously though, I spent my middle and high school years in Houston and have tons of family there.  I also spend a week there every month for work.  There are some great things about it, good restaurants, a truly diverse city.  

    The traffic is horrendous though, and it just seems to get worse, no matter what they try to do.  I agree that the rail lines should be expanded further out.  New Orleans is a far more walkable city, but it was designed by far different people than Houston.  

    "Kindly go render the fat in your head in a large kettle of boiling water. Thank you." - Bumblebums

    by balancedscales on Tue Mar 30, 2010 at 01:45:22 PM PDT

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    •  I must admit (1+ / 0-)
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      DFW is vast. I happened to drive through there twice back in December, and it seems to go on forever.

      Growing up in Houston in the 60s, we lived in the Spring Branch area, which then was on the outskirts of town. We even had our own school district. Now it's many, many miles west from there before you reach the end of the sprawl. What once was prairie is now strip malls and condos and McMansions and what have you.

      Where does it end? When does a city stop growing because it has become unlivable? Does that ever actually happen?

      •  That's funny. There isn't really a DFW. (0+ / 0-)

        Dallas and Fort Worth are separated by a lot of space, and are culturally very different cities.  Ask any person living in Dallas if they live in DFW and they'll laugh and tell you a resounding "NO".  DFW is an airport and an marketing idea planned up many years ago when both cities were smaller and people were trying to sell the cities as a "metroplex".  Dallas is much more compact and easier to navigate than Houston.  Dallas hasn't done the same thing Houston has done for so many years, annexing new municipalities and cities and making them part of the main city.  I can drive South from the far north part of Houston and an hour later I'd still be in Houston.

        I can drive North from Downtown Dallas and be in Plano in 15 minutes.  Very different situation.  

        Regarding your question about city growth and livability....Houston has over 2.5 million people, Dallas over 1.5 million.  I'm not sure if you're implying that they're not livable, but if you are I would have to disagree.  I have a good grocery store within a mile, everything I need within five.  We don't have tons of bike lanes, but there are some, and we have plenty of quiet neighborhood streets on which I can ride from place to place when it's not 100 degrees outside.  When I want to go for a drink or have dinner, there are plenty of restaurants, and if I want to go downtown I can hop on the DART train and head down there for under a dollar.  

        We have the far-reaching suburbs, like Frisco and McKinney, which are pretty boring and filled with McMansions, Petco's, Home Depot's, etc.

        I don't know where it ends, but I know that our (Texas) largest cities aren't anywhere close to the size of Hong Kong, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, etc.  We're humans, so we adapt, we change things as needed to make them more livable.  It's an interesting question though, thanks for asking.  I'll give it more thought.  

        "Kindly go render the fat in your head in a large kettle of boiling water. Thank you." - Bumblebums

        by balancedscales on Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 09:16:36 AM PDT

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