History UsefulNotes / Houston

24th Jun '16 12:04:52 PM jamespaul94
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** Sugarland has an absurd crime rate and is heavily populated by gangs. It isn't a pleasant place to live. It might be called the [[http://www.click2houston.com/news/25890944/detail.html safest city in Texas]] but city ratings are run on officially reported numbers, which may have no bearing on actual numerical incidence. For instance, the Southwest Cholos, a prolific Hispanic and Latin American gang, are well entrenched there. Police presence in the area is also markedly lower than in other suburbs near or around Houston. [[BystanderSyndrome Even audible repeated gunfire is ignored.]]
24th Jun '16 11:58:47 AM jamespaul94
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** Not that ''any'' railroad sees much use in Houston these days. Try to ride Amtrak to the city and you'll spend half the journey aboard a bus.
12th Jun '16 9:56:50 PM Ghidra15
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually '''''worse''''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ 240 BILLION gallons of water]], the equivalent of three day's worth of Niagara Falls...falling in twelve hours.

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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually '''''worse''''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ 240 BILLION gallons of water]], the equivalent of three day's worth of all the water flowing through Niagara Falls...falling in Falls. And most of it fell on Tax Day itself...[[UpToEleven In about twelve hours.]]
12th Jun '16 9:54:22 PM Ghidra15
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually '''''worse''''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ That's 240 BILLION gallons of water]]. The equivalent of three day's worth of Niagara Falls...falling in twelve hours.

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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually '''''worse''''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ That's 240 BILLION gallons of water]]. The water]], the equivalent of three day's worth of Niagara Falls...falling in twelve hours.
12th Jun '16 9:53:22 PM Ghidra15
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually ''''worse'''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ That's 240 BILLION gallons of water]]. The equivalent of three day's worth of Niagara Falls...falling in twelve hours.

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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually ''''worse'''' '''''worse''''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ That's 240 BILLION gallons of water]]. The equivalent of three day's worth of Niagara Falls...falling in twelve hours.
12th Jun '16 9:52:06 PM Ghidra15
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be worst since than Allison.

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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be the worst since Allison. In the north, it was actually ''''worse'''' than Allison. [[http://spacecityweather.com/houstons-flooding-review/ That's 240 BILLION gallons of water]]. The equivalent of three day's worth of Niagara Falls...falling in twelve hours.
26th Apr '16 11:26:59 AM burstkiller
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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Texas%E2%80%93Oklahoma_flood_and_tornado_outbreak "Memorial Day floods"]] - The storm that turned Meyerland and West U into a lake.
*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-April_2016_United_States_storm_complex "Tax Day floods"]] - Four days of rain starting on the noted federal deadline that produced floods which some consider to be worst since than Allison.
12th Mar '16 10:20:13 AM MarkLungo
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Houston is the fourth-largest city proper in the United States and the largest in the [[EverythingIsBigInTexas famously large state of Texas]] (though the [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] is the larger metropolitan area overall). It is also the largest city in the American South. And while Texas is culturally distinct compared to the rest of the region, Houston is perhaps the most "traditionally" Southern city in the state. Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASA's [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson Johnson]] Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.

For much of its history, Houston was quite small and unimportant. In fact, nearby Galveston was more important and larger for a long time. After Galveston was torn apart by a hurricane, the focus shifted to the more inland city of Houston, especially after the coming of oil. Despite the discovery of oil, Houston remained a smaller, lesser-known city up until after WorldWarII when one of the greatest revolutions in demographic shifts brought about by technology happened: the "Air-Conditioning Revolution". This is not a joke. The coming of air conditioning made the once inhospitable Western and Southern climates of the United States more welcoming, and a massive population shift took place, as people moved from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt. Houston subsequently exploded like a weed, and it, along with other Sun Belt cities like UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and San Jose rose to prominence as some of the largest cities in the country. Houston spread in all directions, eventually surrounding some cities that incorporated to avoid annexation. These cities became enclaves, cities surrounded by the entirety of the city of Houston (this is common for other major cities in Texas as well). Despite being independent, these enclaves are really nothing more than self-important neighborhoods, and could largely be considered apart of Houston, except they aren't on paper. This has lead to controversy, as many of these enclaves, in both Houston and elsewhere, are some of the whitest, richest cities in not just Texas but the entire '''country'''. Discussing the merits of their existence leads to [[FlameWar unpleasantness]]. The City of Houston has been so kind as to document its unbelievably rapid growth for us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=445Z1Dc5-Rw&feature=player_embedded here]].

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Houston is the fourth-largest city proper in the United States and the largest in the [[EverythingIsBigInTexas famously large state of Texas]] (though the [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] is the larger metropolitan area overall). It is also the largest city in the American South. And while Texas is culturally distinct compared to the rest of the region, Houston is perhaps the most "traditionally" Southern city in the state. Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASA's [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson Johnson]] Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.

For much of its history, Houston was quite small and unimportant. In fact, nearby Galveston was more important and larger for a long time. After Galveston was torn apart by a hurricane, the focus shifted to the more inland city of Houston, especially after the coming of oil. Despite the discovery of oil, Houston remained a smaller, lesser-known city up until after WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII when one of the greatest revolutions in demographic shifts brought about by technology happened: the "Air-Conditioning Revolution". This is not a joke. The coming of air conditioning made the once inhospitable Western and Southern climates of the United States more welcoming, and a massive population shift took place, as people moved from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt. Houston subsequently exploded like a weed, and it, along with other Sun Belt cities like UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and San Jose rose to prominence as some of the largest cities in the country. Houston spread in all directions, eventually surrounding some cities that incorporated to avoid annexation. These cities became enclaves, cities surrounded by the entirety of the city of Houston (this is common for other major cities in Texas as well). Despite being independent, these enclaves are really nothing more than self-important neighborhoods, and could largely be considered apart of Houston, except they aren't on paper. This has lead to controversy, as many of these enclaves, in both Houston and elsewhere, are some of the whitest, richest cities in not just Texas but the entire '''country'''. Discussing the merits of their existence leads to [[FlameWar unpleasantness]]. The City of Houston has been so kind as to document its unbelievably rapid growth for us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=445Z1Dc5-Rw&feature=player_embedded here]].
12th Mar '16 10:18:40 AM MarkLungo
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* ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'': The character played by Creator/DomDeLuise was based on KTRK-TV personality [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Zindler Marvin]] [[Creator/NoteworthyDisneyStaff Zindler,]] and is in fact how locals first really became aware of the man; the investigation run by Zindler gave him an lifetime contract with ABC and later [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]] when they purchased ABC.

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* ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'': The character played by Creator/DomDeLuise was based on KTRK-TV personality [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Zindler Marvin]] [[Creator/NoteworthyDisneyStaff [[UsefulNotes/NoteworthyDisneyStaff Zindler,]] and is in fact how locals first really became aware of the man; the investigation run by Zindler gave him an lifetime contract with ABC Creator/{{ABC}} and later [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]] when they purchased ABC.
28th Feb '16 11:12:25 AM nombretomado
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* Hillcrest - not to be confused with [[TheBoondocks a certain Woodcrest]], its a small town of less than 1000 people that is almost not even visible on a map and could generally be mistaken for being part of Alvin.

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* Hillcrest - not to be confused with [[TheBoondocks [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks a certain Woodcrest]], its a small town of less than 1000 people that is almost not even visible on a map and could generally be mistaken for being part of Alvin.
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