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Relocation Research

by smitc1999

Has anyone ever lived (in any 2) houston, texas, alburq. new mexico, char. NC and phoniex arizona? I'm trying to make a comparison of the real life experience of people instead of the online data (though very informative and helpful) thats out there. Any HELP would be appreciated.

RE: Relocation Research

by sahel578

this isnt exactly what you are asking for.. but i live in houston but grew up in virginia. of the two places, i prefer virginia. i grew up in the DC suburbs.
pros for houston.. warm weather pretty much year round. cheap housing. diverse population. REALLY cheap to go to cozumel for a weekend! : )
cons for houston.. hot and humid weather.. flooding.. i dont think the school system is a good as northern va... not as scenic as north carolina and virginia..

RE: Relocation Research

by monicarc

I have been lucky to live in Houston my whole life, but did visit an old boyfriend during a summer in albq. So, if you are an "outdoors" type person--mountains, skiing, etc., you might like abq. better. Also, abq. is wayyyy smaller than houston, no professional sports teams, etc. I would die if I did not live in a big city, but if you like smaller towns, then you might like abq.

RE: Relocation Research

by AVG2319

I lived in Phoenix for five years and now live in Houston area. Not sure what info you are looking for? If you had more specific questions it would be easier to answer. Both cities are hot, neither cities really have seasons, Houston is obviously much more humid.Phoenix and Houston are both huge sprawling cities.
I find TX a lot more friendly than AZ. Houses are more money in AZ, Taxes are more money in TX. I live in the Spring area now so it is very green here, although much of houston is quite flat. I think the air is cleaner here because of the rain. In Houston it seems to rain often, but then clears up and the sun comes out. Phoenix you won't see rain for weeks at a time-Lots of sun. Phoenix has beautiful mtn views and scenary from far away. Things change fast in phoenix area, it is very transient, and real estate has gone up a lot in the past three years there are a lot of investors buying real estate. They build houses non stop there,so lots of construction vehicles on the roads. Most of the economy there relies on the building industry. Yes they have other jobs and industries, but housing is very important to Phoenix economy. AZ has crawling bugs, TX has lots of flying bugs. Anyway if you have any more specific questions let me know. Good luck with your decision.

Travel Tips for Houston


by peaceness98

There's a country song that goes:
Oh Galveston
I still hear your sea winds blowin'
I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was twenty-one
When I left Galveston"- Glen Campbell

(bet you didn't know I'm a country song geek)

Anyway, this is a great place to check out. It's somewhat a resort, with pretty beaches and 19th century mansions.
Galveston is registered in the register of National Historic Places..

Plenty of resteraunts (food is great in Houston btw), shops and galleries.
Streets are lit by Gas Lamps. If you like watching old western movies or read books reffering to that era you'll love the settings here.

Drive, don't ride

by TexasLinda

Houston is a big city, spread out wide, and it takes awhile to get from one side to another, especially if you have to take the Katy Freeway (I-10 West). There is ongoing road construction all over town and the freeways are the only way to get from one side of town to another. Be prepared for heavy traffic, it's just a way of life here in some areas. But, it always beats public transportation, which can't really serve a city this big very well.

Great TexMex

by wegass about Donaraki's Mexican Restuarant

This restuarant used to be a drive thru.. Now it is enclosed but you can still see the drive thru stand which is now the kitchen. There is a big fountain in the front of the restuarant, great Mexican flare and decorations. You have to type the Taco Al Carbon con Trompo. Wonderful stuff! It is Pork that has been spiced up and put on a spit. They shave it off and serve it . Also the Caso Flamiado is good.

The Menil Collection

by yooperprof

A thoughtful and well-designed Modern Art Museum located in the middle of Houston's "art district," Montrose. It's only a short stroll away from the wonderful Rothko Chapel, making this one of the most important places in all Houston.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

by msbrandysue

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest events in Houston, spread throughout a month. Can you imagine a whole month of nightly cow ropin', bull ridin', and boot scootin' with some of the most famous country music stars...and tickets are hard to come by often. Only in Texas can these shows sell out for an entire month.

If you plan to go, take the whole day to explore everything that the Rodeo has. When you enter they give you almost a whole book with all the activities that are offered. The shopping is great. It is inside the huge building across from the actual stadium. From the shopping to carnival to the concert. You'll never get bored. And your feet will hurt if you do it all.

Grab a beer, corn dog, bbq, and more. And have a great Texas time!

Ok, parking sucks. You can pay $30 and get a parking pass and walk about a block. If you drive to Reliant Stadium without a parking pass you'll be walking anywhere from 3-5 blocks to get there after paying $12. They do offer a shuttle, though. The best way to do it is find a Park-N-Ride around where you're staying. The ticket is around $5 for both ways. You do have to wait in a line to get on a bus after the concert but it's much cheaper and you'll probably appreciate not having to drive since you'll probably be really tired!


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