This is good for Texas

People are still moving here in large numbers.


Not really.


With the good, comes the bad as well.

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High taxes?

It is a catch 22 situation if you keep the same ideology. Remember the Toyota move to Plano a few years ago? I am sure you have seen the decals:
Don’t California or New York my Texas.


I always LOL at Texans complaining about moving in the direction of THE Alpha State or THE Alpha City City of the United States of America.

That’s like a mid major saying…Don’t Alabama my college football team…lol.

It may be cyclical but California and New York City are two of the most desirable places to live in the United States. There are more people that WANT to live there then can live there…hence the higher taxes to weed out those that can’t plus it is used to pay for infrastructure projects.

Texas, on the other hand, is a Trojan Horse…promise of low taxes then you get hit with some of the highest property taxes in the country without the infrastructure benefits.

My hope isn’t that Texas becomes Liberal…or remain Conservative…rather as we evolve, we come the best of both sides …moderate.


Well that’s just the very definition of communism. Next you’ll want to “compromise” which you might as well get the boxcars ready for the camps.

Edit: Apparently my attempt and humor did not work at least without making a bit more obvious. The statement above is not me. It’s to describe mockingly deficient people who actually believe this.


Not really sure what you’re saying there. If it’s anything close to what it sounds like, I can only hope you are being sarcastic.

It’s a depressing sign of the times when I need to add a sarcasm emoji or for the redditors a “/s” to something I thought was pretty over the top.

Read the news. Nothing’s “over the top” in today’s world.

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You make a fair point, sarcasm should be done in picture and video form.

Wow…is that really what you thought?

Allowing both sides to freely voice their opinion and allowing our democratic system to side with either a compromise or both is communism? Ok…lol.

It’s actually what we’ve really been doing since day 1…freedom to allow both sides to voice their opinion. Checks and balances to keep things in the middle…how is that communism in any way?

Communism is NOT allowing opinions…Communism is forcing ONE was down people’s throats.

We are a hybrid Capitalism + Socialism country as much as you probably don’t want to believe it.

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Didn’t make it through the whole thread then? It was sarcasm, apparently poorly done, that’s my bad. I’ll add a funny gif at the bottom to communicate more effectively what I was going for.

Anyways, you are correct, that’s how our system was designed to work. It currently is not, due in no small part because quite a few people legitimately believe what I wrote, and there is entire ecosystem designed to reinforce that very belief.

Ehh … I hear you and normally have a well-functioning sarcasm meter. Maybe I shouldn’t pay as much attention to national news as I do. Some of what I have been seeing the past few years would have been fodder for Saturday Night Live 10-20 years ago. Now it’s all but pervasive.


The fleeing from NYC that’s happening recently goes beyond the high cost of living. Also, the desirability in some instances, especially as it pertains to NYC, is largely based on earning capability there. NYC had a massive head start in establishing itself as a place to go make money (and with virtual work that’s also why so many people are leaving). People move from NYC when they retire, not vice versa.

Also, you mention property taxes but our taxation system with high property taxes and no income tax helps keep property values lower and gives an advantage vs NYC and CA. There’s less incentive for extremely wealthy people to just acquire a bunch of property here because you have to pay tax on it every year that you just lose which may outpace the rate of appreciation in value. Additionally, some of the policies like rent control, land use restrictions, etc. contribute to the high housing costs.

Also, somewhere like San Diego’s desirability as a city is because it’s absolutely gorgeous there more than due to great political decision making locally or statewide. I dig the vibe (part of that is because it’s very diverse culturally/politically/etc) and people a lot more in Houston and think it’s a better city for someone entrepreneurial, but obviously in terms of weather, beauty, etc., Houston can’t hold a candle to San Diego.

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This is going to get me banned for politics, but a lot of the best policies for improving cities don’t really fit into a liberal/conservative framework. For example, take New York’s famous rent control. Doing away with that would bring costs down for anyone looking to move there, and would do a lot to reverse the city’s slow death. But it’s politically impossible because the people in those apartments would make any politician that abolished rent control rue the day they were born, much less elected.

Likewise, a massive portion of Downtown Houston consists of freeways and parking lots, largely due to historical parking minima and the lack of congestion pricing on downtown roads. We lose countless hours every year because our city makes the conscious decision that instead of putting tolls on I-10 and I-45, we can just spend 5 years slapping two more lanes on those bad boys and call it a day (until the construction is done and literally nothing improves, at which point we slap two MORE lanes on them).


It would be helpful if people on both sides of the political spectrum quit viewing their political opinions as being absolutely right. It is just your opinion/viewpoint. We have been listening to the far right and the far left for too long. Both of them hold religious beliefs that they are absolutely correct.

On the other hand people people who are on the other side of the political spectrum are not evil or deplorable.

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Ok, let me address your two major points.

The Rent control was created because MORE people want to live in Manhattan than it can hold. The richer people, or sons and daughters of richer people, would flood New York driving out the natives that ALREADY live there, hence the rent control to give them a chance at staying in the neighborhood they grew up in.

The same control measures were implemented in San Francisco. Not saying I agree or disagree but it will be interesting to see how a non rent control city like Houston deals with the inevitable fate of replacing the poorer natives in places like the 3rd Ward. Developers have largely ignored that inner loop ward but it can’t remain ignored for ever.

On the 2 lane freeways, that is more complex because it involves some federal and state funds and it involves some coordination within the region. Houston, the city on the other hand, has switched to an inside- out approach, rather than the suburb first model, for about 20 years…AS THEY SHOULD.

Light rail was designed to connect high density points INSIDE the city. The city broke itself up into mini management districts and this districts were to cimd up with ways to spur development/ improvements inside their districts. The most active management district is Downtown with the DT living initiative, increased parks (new one coming), and improved infrastructures.

Other Management Districts have done this on smaller scales (i.e. Uptown, Midtown, Upper Kirby, Montrose, East End, etc.).

But I’ve definitely seen the transition in Houston. It went from an Outside - In to an Inside- Out priority city and as this thread started…some of that could be due to 1) increased city pride but also 2) pro urban ideals coming from out New residents from more traditional cities.

I like the blend of both sides!

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3rd ward is already gentrified…the cats out of the bag…

It is hardly “gentrufied”.

Midtown and the East End, I would call those areas “gentrified” but developers are very hesitant to touch the Third Ward but that will change in the next decade or 2.

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The area close to Riverside Terrace is highly gentrified

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