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"Do not raise your children here"


Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008
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Karen
Houston, TX

My husband and I are both educated professionals and have lived in Houston for over 15 years, however we want out. The only thing keeping us here is the only posative thing Houston has to offer, great money. There is so much money to be made here but with that, it brings scam artist out of the woodwork. Overall everyone here is so single minded and focused on making alot of money they are self-centered, untrusting and unfriendly. This is by far the city with the meanest uncaring people I have lived in ever! I have lived many places growing up including Europe, so when I compare Houston to other cities I have alot to draw on. Houston would also hold the distingtion of being the largest most boring city with the least amount of things to do! Oh and did I mention other than the fact a large part of Houston has beautiful new construction everywhere, the actual geography is flat (rice fields converted to sub-divisions) and completely unimpressive. To add to this the "great" weather, if you are not so hot and sweating it is raining, no in-between. It actually rained for 52 days straight last summer (2007). And finally in Texas where "they hang them high" the complete judicial system of Harris County is finally under review, from the crime lab (which just claimed a complete overhaul after the previous scam)is again accused of making up evidence and now even the County Proscutor is under investigaqtion, thank God. These people make a living out of ruining many young childrens lives here. The police harrass the teens here unmercifully, however they target the upper middlee class teens, it's also a money scam, just legal. Yet our family lives in a very upscale area, we have had 1 car stolen, 3 car break ins and our home broken into twice, no one was ever caught. So take a little less money somewhere else and don't get caught up here, it is a ugly, lonely exsistence, not a place to live!

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anna

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 4/23/2008
Wow! all this time i thought i was alone ! I completely agree. I moved here 8 years ago and thought the same thing.. everyone is out to "get theirs" no matter who they have to step on or rip off. I am moving out of this town as soon as I can!I have had the same experience with the harassment of kids and fines for crossing their eyes the wrong way .. absolutely a money making scheme, I would say the same ..anyone thinking about moving here because the real estate is reasonable don't do it.. unless you like hot sticky boring rainy untrustworthy locations


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Marissa

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 9/27/2008
I have lived in Houston most of my life, but have also lived in other areas of Texas and the United States. I find it unfortunate that your experience here has been so negative; every major city has issues with crime and unfriendly people, but compared to other places in the nation I would happily disagree with your position on Houston. We have over 40 museums, including a world-class fine arts museum, a beautiful zoo, competitive education, and countless parks and festivals. As for the weather, we live in the southern half of the United States; it's going to be hot no matter where you live down here, be it Houston, New Orleans, Tampa, or any other city in the south. Furthermore if you've encountered any unfriendliness, perhaps it is your own attitude toward our city and the people here that has in turn brought negativity upon you. We're all Texans, after all, and we maintain the reputation of being friendly, helpful people. Please go out and experience Houston before you pass such harsh judgement on a place so culturally diverse.


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Darin
Hapeville

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 12/18/2008
I love when people lead off with how educated they are, then proceed to misspell numerous words and construct sentences shabbily. Even so, I will admit some of these facts are hard to ignore. Houston is hopelessly flat. However, is is not a desert and is green. You also have trees, but not so many you feel claustrophobic (Atlanta comes to mind). The flat topography gives kids a chance to find some nice open fields to get friends together and play ball games. I've seen places where that was hard to find (again, Atlanta). The heat is true, but you fail to mention the nice winters. My wife left her birthplace of Wisconsin, not too far from Minneapolis, and she won't return there but to visit. We just went there, late fall, and the high was -9 with all kinds of alerts. The wind chill was somewhere around -50 or so. Meanwhile, Houston was close to short sleeve weather. The city is haphazard and disorganized, giving it a less than stellar appearance from freeways. An "anything goes" zoning from the past has left this mess. However, new subdivisions are changing this and slowly this should right itself. As for your "hang 'em high" statement, I detect you are saying this in a negative way. Personally, as long as they are correct in their prosecutions, then I am all for hanging the murderers they find. I like Texas justice and see it as a positive. The scams you mention are true, but they haven't exactly been finding it affecting the results of many cases, if any. To me, your ending rant seems to suggest that you two are two upscale folks who work all the time and let your teens raise themselves. These teens supposedly being ruined and hounded by the evil police are probably yours, getting into trouble while you are out trying to feather your nest. Of course, like so many parents of today, you blame the police rather than your teen and yourselves. Your home was probably burglarized by some of his delinquent friends who know when you are home (rarely) and away. Just a guess. I could be totally wrong, but your attitude seems to suggest a personal run-in with authorities that you deem unfair. Ultimately, I think Houston is a decent place to live, but needs work. I am willing to roll up my sleeves and work to improve it. How about you? If you wish to move to Houston and wait for government or others to come pamper you, look elsewhere. However, if you wish to blend into society and make incremental changes where you can, then come here. There is plenty of recreational things to do, so you won't be bored unless you stick your head in the sand and don't get involved.


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Margaret

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 3/19/2009
Great post. You're right, this city is going to the dogs. It's great to have the Mayor talk about how we recycle, but how many "residents" actually do recycle. Let's get real about this. What is the percentage of people in this city that actually care about the amount of garbage that is thrown out, deposited, or somehow let loose in parking lots? Is it ok to deposit dirty diapers, used tires, or just trash any where you think is your personal garbage can?


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C72

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 8/10/2008
"Overall everyone here is so single minded and focused on making alot of money they are self-centered, untrusting and unfriendly." I TOTALLY agree!


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Dan

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 5/30/2008
Absolutely agree. Crime in Houston is now worse than in New York City. It's all about money and greed. Corrupt government and high taxes.


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Heidi

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 10/4/2008
I have to agree with you. This is a lonely place. Many other people talk about stress and mean people. There are many ways to be mean and not caring is one of them. People here ignore things, pretend to be inside a bubble when the world keeps spinning around. I do not see what is so great about this city.


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William

re: Do not raise your children here - 1/9/2008 - 4/6/2009
If you're bored in Houston, it's your own d&^#*% fault.


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john
Houston, TX

ghetto swamp - 11/19/2014

It's no surprise that Houston has one of the most uneducated populations of any major (or minor) city in the U.S. Most of the people truly are ignorant and plain dumb. Its a city filled with third world immigrants from places such as India, Mexico, El Salvador and Pakistan. I am one of the few educated white people that live here. Besides the incredibly high crime rate, the drivers are horrible! Lots of hit and run accidents by uninsured motorists and anyone who dares to walk in their neighborhood should be very afraid. People here don't obey driving laws and dont care to. People talk about the cheap cost of living. First, it isnt all that cheap anymore and second, if you own property, the property taxes are some of the highest in the natiom. It is one big ugly strip mall. No charm or character at all. I am moving soon but thought I would tell people straight up the deal with Houston

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Relocating To Houston (HELP) - 11/10/2014

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unknown
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ST THERESA CATHOLIC SCHOOL HOUSTON TEXAS - 10/27/2014

Do not send your child to this school. I am withdrawing my child from this school. My child attended for 2 1/2 years. The principal is very unprofessional, not qualified, and vindictive. She is known for bullying her staff and the parents. She got rid of my child's 3rd grade teacher 2 yrs ago because the teacher begin questioning her about missing budget money. The teacher was dismissed with 3 weeks remaining in the school year. The kids cried for the entire 3 weeks!! The principal placed the teacher under a "gag" order whereas if she communicated with the parents, students, or staff, she would not receive her remaining salary. I found this out from the "expelled" teacher. This year she threatened to expel my daughter, (who has NEVER been in ANY trouble) because she didn't like that I told her my child needed to go to her locker to retrieve her study guide for a test after school dismissal. I pay FULL tuition at the school and participated in multiple fundraising events. I was actively involved in my daughter's school. When the incident with the locker occurred, the principal also threatened to call the police for me....based on (her exact words) "abusive language". I don't like to be threatened, so I told her while she stood in front of me blocking my 9 yr old's path to her locker; I'd call the police for her via my cell phone. I called 911 and the operator said NOT TO EXPECT A VISIT, because abusive language was not an offense. Please note I NEVER USED VULGARITY OR PROFANITY WITH THE PRINCIPAL. She just felt she could intimidate me like she does her staff and the other parents. Nevertheless I made both threats her reality. She threatened to call the police, I called 911 for her. Proving to her, she could not intimidate a paying parent who follows the rules. Secondly, she threatened to expel my daughter, who had NEVER been in any trouble at the school...I sent the principal a withdrawal letter removing my child from the school 5 hours later. If you don't want to experience the bullying and intimidation tactics of this principal, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. I'm financially able to pay full tuition anywhere and I have a child who can get accepted to other schools, hence I was able to not let this lady push me around like the does her staff and the other parents. Oh, by the way, my 9 yr old daughter was standing there crying and begging the principal while she threatened to expel her and to call the police for her mother. My child only wanted to go to her locker to get her study materials for her test, after I had gone through the pick up line, so she could make a passing grade on her test

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Kelley
Houston, TX

Houston Climate - 10/27/2014

Houston is hot and humid most of the year.

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Andrea
Houston, TX

Abandon all hope ye who enter here! - 10/17/2014

Living in Houston Texas is miserable to say the least. Beginning in the last part of April into November, expect Temperatures mixed with humidity that makes it almost unbearable to get from your house to your car. When you open the door it hits you like wave that even after 20 plus years of living here, can take your breath. I get SAD (seasonal affective disorder) in the summer months because I cannot bear to go out and do anything that requires exertion. I find myself looking out the window at the sunny days and know I cannot possibly fathom even a small trip to the pool. It wilts you and you must plan activities (store, bank, etc.) in advance so that you make the best of your time before the heat takes its toll and you must find shelter immediately. There is no real winter here. There is a time frame when the temperatures dip in the low 30's and mixed with the ungodly humidity may feel colder. Good hair days? Forget it. Even hosing your hair with industrial strength Aqua Net, you either go limp or frizz depending on your hair type. At any given moment you may have sweat mixing with your eyeliner that makes you appear to be a sad clown, or an abused woman. Spring is nice but short lived (several weeks or maybe a month) and then its summer again.

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Janet
Houston, TX

Life in Houston - 10/13/2014

I've lived in Houston for 30+ years and watched it grow. On the plus side, we have great access to the arts (almost as much theater as Broadway), terrific diverse choice of restaurants, access to many sporting events and concerts. Golfers can play all year round due to the warm climate. The cost of living is very affordable. Recently there's been a huge growth spurt and the city seems to be struggling to cope. Traffic is extremely congested even on weekends and folks are reacting with aggressive impatience. There are many air quality alerts now so when the weather is pretty outside, it may not be good to breathe due to ozone pollution. I work downtown and can often see a brown haze from 29th floor of my building. Violent crime has also increased substantially, not just in the center of town but into the outlying suburbs. I'm a senior and ready to move to a smaller town.

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Gee
Houston, TX

Houston, you have a problem - 8/26/2014

I have nothing nice to say about Houston. it houses the largest population of personality-disordered assholes in the world; the only thing going for it is cost of living, as others have mentioned, but none of this really counts when you need to buy a car and you need to pay for insurance and you need pay for gas to travel 60 miles to your job in stop-go traffic along the dilapidating freeways. some people have chimed in with nice things, but they're just deluding themselves. I was honest and got out and it's made all the difference. my other gripe with Texas is that the people are so. effing. stupid. I live in New England now, and this is expressly so that I don't have to deal with stupid. and by "stupid" I don't mean "stupid" I mean "y'all have a culture of 'learning is dumb'". give the city 50 years and it will be entirely uninhabitable. there is no public transportation, there is no environmental movement, there is no zoning. there is no development in infrastructure. the area is prone to hurricanes and potable water shortages. race relations are strained and wealth inequality is growing. enjoy it while you can, cos I see another Detroit looming in the not too far-off future.

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Mike
Houston, TX

Arm pit of Texas - 5/18/2014

Houston traffic is horrible and the summer weather is suffocating. !00+ temps with 99% humidity. Crimes are a major problem, as well as air pollution and the school system is one of the worst in the nation. I would not live if I didn’t have to but right now I don’t have any options. The job market and housing market here are very good. There is lot of city parks for outdoor activities. Churches are prevalent and there is one on just about every corner, as well as panhandlers on each of these corners I personally wouldn’t pick Houston for a place to raise a family however; there are worse places in the US, just not many.

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Abby
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Should we move to Houston Area? Help! - 3/30/2014

For a little background I spent most of my childhood in Nigeria and the UK. I traveled extensively due to my parents' work but settled in the UK 12 years ago at 15. Now I'm married and my hubbs and I want to move to the US are for year round hot weather and a better quality of life. We expect to move in November this year. Up till recently we were seriously considering Grayson/ John's Creek GA and San Diego/Orange County/ Santa Barbara CA, places we know quite well. Recently several US- based family members suggested Texas so we started researching Houston and the surrounding areas and are becoming more and more certain this area would work better for us in terms of our businesses and what on paper seems to be an incredible standard of living compared to what we would have elsewhere especially now we are starting a family. We grew up in places with extreme heat and humidity so we feel we can adapt to that. What we would really like to know is about day to day life in the Suburbs, particularly Friendswood, Pearland and Sugarland. Our social group is currently very cosmopolitan and we don't want to live in an area where races excessively self- segregate. We'd also like to know how bad traffic really is into Houston from these areas. Is there much xenophobia? Are people generally friendly, (especially young couples with children)? Are CofE (Episcopalian) churches popular? How easy is it to get affordable organic food? Are there small farms in the area? What sports and outdoor activities are most popular? Any info. on day to day life from someone who lives in the mentioned areas would be greatly appreciated!

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Abby
Grayson, GA

Should we move to Houston Area? Help! - 3/30/2014

For a little background I spent most of my childhood in Nigeria and the UK. I traveled extensively due to my parents' work but settled in the UK 12 years ago at 15. Now I'm married and my hubbs and I want to move to the US are for year round hot weather and a better quality of life. We expect to move in November this year. Up till recently we were seriously considering Grayson/ John's Creek GA and San Diego/Orange County/ Santa Barbara CA, places we know quite well. Recently several US- based family members suggested Texas so we started researching Houston and the surrounding areas and are becoming more and more certain this area would work better for us in terms of our businesses and what on paper seems to be an incredible standard of living compared to what we would have elsewhere especially now we are starting a family. We grew up in places with extreme heat and humidity so we feel we can adapt to that. What we would really like to know is about day to day life in the Suburbs, particularly Friendswood, Pearland and Sugarland. Our social group is currently very cosmopolitan and we don't want to live in an area where races excessively self- segregate. We'd also like to know how bad traffic really is into Houston from these areas. Is there much xenophobia? Are people generally friendly, (especially young couples with children)? Are CofE (Episcopalian) churches popular? How easy is it to get affordable organic food? Are there small farms in the area? What sports and outdoor activities are most popular? Any info. on day to day life from someone who lives in the mentioned areas would be greatly appreciated!

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Linda
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If your moving may I suggest a TOP Realtor - 2/22/2014

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Jennifer
Houston, TX

Houston's Quality of Life - 2/19/2014

I have lived in Houston and Dallas, TX; and travel extensively for work, so I've spent years in both NYC and Denver. I love the quality of life that I get in Houston. The bang for my buck is second to none. Sure, the weather is at times horrendous, but at least we don't have the bitter cold of the northern areas. The restaurants, museums, theatre, golf courses, and green space is second to only NYC in my opinion. But, the cost of living here wins, hands down.

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Therese
Houston, TX

Cost of Living - 12/25/2013

Cost of Living is lower in texas that most states.

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Fazio
Houston, TX

Houston Weather - 12/13/2013

If you like humidity, you will really like Houston weather, get instantly wet as soon as you walk out the door, it's free, unlimited humidity 24 hours a day. personally, I love it, of course its taken me 20 years to say that, at first, it felt like a hot sauna was following me. Now it's great. Oh and by the way, it's far better than living where it snows. LOVE HOUSTON WEATHER!

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Teresa
Houston, TX

Affordable, Fun and Diverse Houston! - 11/28/2013

I moved around all over the world as a child and teen due to my father's employment. When we returned to the U.S., I went to college and graduate school in New York and Indiana. I've lived in Raleigh, North Carolina Chicago for work. I settled in Houston and bought a home. I've been living here for 5 years, both in Montrose and in the outer loop. This is what I can tell you from Houston, from the perspective of someone who has traveled a lot: this city is a little too hot in the summer and there are insects that you will need repellant or chemical yard barriers for. BUT, it is also friendly, very green (lots of parks, huge trees and lakes - what a lot of people don't know about), has several good universities, is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, is huge in the arts - theatre, music, art schools and venues/galleries. It has restaurants - including many vegetarian and vegan options - galore. It is a fun city and, very importantly, you won't have to settle for a four-story walk-up with no washer and dryer in the unit! You can be a homeowner here. Say good-bye to your slumlord. For singles, you'll find great nightlife, an active cycling and fitness scene. For families, you'll find free, accessible places to go with your kids. Too many activities to mention on any given weekend and the best children's museum in the country. Houston is an active, fun, very affordable city. You won't have to work to live. You'll work and still have time left over to enjoy this city. I LOVE HTOWN! Will never leave.

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dan
Houston, TX

A good fit for some, but not me - 9/3/2013

Houston has much to offer with it's Museum District, theatrical venues, great medical institutions, abundance of cheap food and easy winters. There are very nice neighborhoods, such as Montrose, Heights, Rice, Memorial Park--all in the 610 loop, but they are very expensive to buy into (even very modest homes with small yards), with property taxes well in excess of 3% of their values. I came to this town to escape the Midwestern winters and get better employment. The heat and humidity are formidable even for a hot weather person like myself and to be comfortable for the long summer means big electricity bills, but the winters are very easy to take. It feels tropical here for about 8 months out of the year and many plants are green all year long. Much medical research goes on as Houston is one of the leaders along those lines. The people tend to be friendlier than what I'm used to in the Midwest and the international flavor of the town is nice. On the other hand... the traffic is super bad and Houston drivers are the worst I've ever seen, with accidents all the time. I've never seen a place with so many seedy neighborhoods pervasively scattered all over the huge metropolis. If you add up the attractive areas that include the Museum district, Heights, Montrose, Rice Village, Kirby, Memorial Park and Galleria you have about 20% of Houston. The rest of Houston is either mediocre or just plain trashy. In proportion to other large cities, it is a very ugly place built by planners and architects with horrible taste, guided by greed and ignorance in typical Texas fashion. Dogs run loose all over except the best neighborhoods, sometimes in packs and dogbites are very common here. If you can afford to live where you'd like there, it could be a good life. Even If I did get a better job there, it wouldn't pay well enough to finance a home in any neighborhood I'd want to live in that is less than 40 minutes from work. That ain't quality of life in my book.

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Vicki
Houston, TX

Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Hot! Very, very, very - 8/14/2013

The weather - or specifically the lack thereof - is not for the faint of heart. If you are not a fan of extremely hot, humid weather that lasts forever, then do not move here. After what has seemed like an eternity, I am getting out of dodge for much cooler weather. A place with actual seasons.

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Marianne
Houston, TX

Finally I get it!! - 7/14/2013

I've lived in Houston for 30+ years ... and I finally get it. I was one of those people who complained about EVERYTHING ... but basically - it wasn't New York. And seriously, you can take the girl out of New York but you can't take the New York out of the girl! My work takes me on the road Monday through Thursday. There are other great cities around the country ... but I have to confess - I've fallen in love with Houston. We have the Texas Medical Center (which is beyond awesome), Rice University, the University of Houston, southern hospitality and we have Food! No city in this country can touch the amazing international offerings of Houston. And most of all - we have humility ... we take the slams and insults lightly because we know this is one of the country's greatest cities. You don't like Houston? Move elsewhere. It's the beauty of America - it's a free country. We love Houston - we are happy in Houston and we really would prefer you return and/or move to a place that is more to your liking. We're pretty tolerant BUT we're handing out lollipops and Whoopass ... and we're all out of lollipops!

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Texas Rancher

Houston for Work - 7/9/2013

Very amazing reading everyone's reviews. I lived in Texas before, besides having terribly hot spring-summers, it also lacks the "culture" factor many discussed here. Right now I live in Brooklyn, and have heard on the news of people getting "knifed down" because of a smart phone. I guess crime is everywhere, so hearing about people getting their cars broken into sounds pretty normal to me. Heck! I even witnessed people being struck with violence on the subway stations, and I have gotten scare. Can't wait to finish college and move to Houston or Dallas. Having lived on the East Coast has been an eye opener, who said San Diego was expensive? Try NYC for once. Many argue that Houston or Dallas lack sophistication, but I'd tell New York has it all when it comes to things to do but you better make serious money to afford the opera, theathre, arts and all that.

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