History UsefulNotes / Houston

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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.
15th Feb '16 12:34:45 PM KYCubbie
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* Alvin - Hometown of baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, the Nolan Ryan Museum can be found here. Nearby Texas 288 was named the Nolan Ryan Expressway south of Houston as well. Almost no suburbs here, so it has maintained that small town feel. Is actually the oldest incorporated city in Brazoria County.

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* Alvin - Hometown of baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, Ryan,[[note]]actually born in Refugio, a small town not far from Corpus Christi, but raised from infancy in Alvin[[/note]] the Nolan Ryan Museum can be found here. Nearby Texas 288 was named the Nolan Ryan Expressway south of Houston as well. Almost no suburbs here, so it has maintained that small town feel. Is actually the oldest incorporated city in Brazoria County.



* Lake Jackson - second largest city in the county and almost 45 mins. from Houston. Despite this, unlike most of the surrounding area, it resembles some of Houston's nicest suburbs. Nolan Ryan Expressway ends here. Hometown of Selena, the Tejano music superstar murdered as she was starting to break into the mainstream.

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* Lake Jackson - second largest city in the county and almost 45 mins. from Houston. Despite this, unlike most of the surrounding area, it resembles some of Houston's nicest suburbs. Nolan Ryan Expressway ends here. Hometown of Selena, Music/{{Selena}}, the Tejano music superstar murdered as she was starting to break into the mainstream.



* Piney Point Village - the largest village by land area (just barely 2 square miles), this city is the richest area in the entire state per capital income. This is the truest sense of the term when one says hideout for the wealthy.

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* Piney Point Village - the largest village by land area (just barely 2 square miles), this city is the richest area in the entire state by per capital capita income. This is the truest sense of the term when one says hideout for the wealthy.



Large town in the Sam Houston National Forest, several miles north of Conroe/New Waverly. This town is home to a handful of major prison facilities for the Texas DOJ, including the Walls Unit, which has the state's execution chamber, the most active in the United States. It also has the diagnostics unit and the Wynn Unit.

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Large town in the Sam Houston National Forest, several miles north of Conroe/New Waverly. This town is home to a handful of major prison facilities for the Texas DOJ, including the Walls Unit, which has the state's execution chamber, the most active in the United States. It also has the diagnostics unit and the Wynn Unit. Also home to Sam Houston State University.



* ''TheSugarlandExpress'' - set and filmed in nearby Sugar Land

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* ''TheSugarlandExpress'' ''Film/TheSugarlandExpress'' - set and filmed in nearby Sugar Land



* ''UrbanCowboy''

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* ''UrbanCowboy''''Film/UrbanCowboy''
21st Jan '16 5:23:33 PM jameygamer
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* Imperial Valley - Greenspoint neighborhood inside the Beltway.
10th Jan '16 9:38:01 PM phoenix
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* FandomRivalry: [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Pick]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} a]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} sport]], '''[[TheBeautifulGame ANY]] sport''' with Dallas. Hell, just about ANYTHING with Dallas in general.

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* FandomRivalry: [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Pick]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} a]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} sport]], '''[[TheBeautifulGame '''[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball ANY]] sport''' with Dallas. Hell, just about ANYTHING with Dallas in general.
4th Jan '16 11:09:22 AM jameygamer
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** Wood Lake - Near Rivercrest.
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** Skyscraper Shadows - In this area.
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** Winchester - South of Corinthian Pointe.
** South Main Plaza - In southwest Hiram Clarke
** Pine Island Addition - Sister neighborhood to South Main Plaza.
** Mayfair Park - Near those two.
** Willow Park - In the west.
** Briargate - South of Willow Park.


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** Garden Place To Almeda - Community at the south of Hiram Clarke.
** Orchard Grove - Community near here.
** Monarch Estates - Area near Orchard Grove.
** Foxshire North - Small area near here.
** Burnham - Sister neighborhood to Foxshire North.
** Birdsall - Near those two neighborhoods.
** Bluebonnet Acres - At the south of Hiram Clarke.
** City Park - In east Hiram Clarke, just before 288.
** Myrtle - In the northeast of the area.


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** South Acres - In the southwest
** Crestmont Park - Sister community to South Acres.
** Garden Villas - Between South Park and Glenbrook Valley.
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