has written 9 SperlingViews. Currently, tootsie is living in Houston, TX and has a little something to say:
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Rude & Crime High Posted On: 8/3/2006 7:30:01 AM
Dog eat do city. Unless they know you, rudeness abounds when you drive. They will just take their cars and cut you off. Unbelievable! The crime is so high that I was actually nervous about it when I lived there for a year last year. Never again.
Too bad as the restaurants and architecture are wonderful.
Lots of great activities that you can do, too, all over the city. Many different organizations and something for all--IF you are willing to take public transportation, because parking is something like $25 an hour innercity!!!!! Unbelievable!
As I said, never again!!!! Sucks!!!
Allergy Warning Posted On: 7/9/2006 12:24:14 PM
It takes about 7 years to develop allergies to mold and pollen in Houston and Austin if you don't have them when you come there. Also, you might develop asthma while there, too. Luckily, I moved back to the northern midwest and all left except for early spring pollen from the trees allergy symptoms. This is not the place to come if you already have allergies or asthma, unfortunately. Just my humble opinion.
Awful! Don't come here! Posted On: 6/9/2006 8:06:23 AM
Texans treat everyone like crap and you are beneath them. The high price of property tax will kill you, and, after 20 years, you will find out you made no profit on your house after all. Sucks! Restaurants? Franchise City so if your idea of cuisine is Wendy's..well, then Houson is for you. Avoid this city as it SUCKS!!!!
Fabulous! Posted On: 6/7/2006 4:34:27 PM
IF you can afford the area, I was there from '84 to '03, so know it well. Best Fire, Police and Library I ever saw. Safe. Neighbors are so-so friendly and not the chatty type, in general. Just a wonderful place to be.
Great IF you can afford it Posted On: 6/7/2006 4:28:25 PM
Lived in Bellaire from '84 to '03, so know it well. It has one of the best Police, Fire and Library departments that I have ever seen. Safe. People on my deadend were not particularly about to go out of their way to be friendly, so no mingling with the neighbors. However, I was too darn busy to care anyway. Just a fabulous area in Houston, and, if you can afford it, I say do it. You won't be sorry.
Pros and Cons Posted On: 5/5/2006 6:21:18 PM
Wonderfully friendly people, but basic. Don't expect frills as this is a manufacturing and farming area of the country. Very down to earth mentality. However, the people have all grown up here and are not so clannish as you would think they would be. Warm people for sure. Will help you. Cons are that the economy is no so hot. If you have a job or business to bring here, you will do well as the cost of living here is dirt low. Great place to raise kids. All in all, a great area with lots of things to do (amazingly so), lots of nature to see (deer, every color of squirrel, a wide variety of birds, etc.) and a warm, kind and simple environment. Again, tho, don't come looking for a job--come with one or a business.
Reason for rudeness Posted On: 5/5/2006 6:14:22 PM
You have 9 million people living on a postage stamp called Chicago. Dog eat dog, pushy, rude people. I felt like I was back in Pakistan the way people act there. Chicago has such great restaurants, architecture and cultural activities it is a shame, but, for me, I wouldn't live there for nothing. And the person who wrote that they lived in a suburb where everyone was a native and weren't friendly was right on. I can remember walking down the street strolling my baby carriage in winter and saying hello to the old women around Montose and Western, and nobody would say hello back! They would just look straight ahead like they did not hear me. And I was a woman in her early 30's with a baby in a stroller--not some ax murderer...but that's Chicago mentality 25 years ago even. Chicago really has gone to pot. You can have it!
Nurses inquiry response Posted On: 5/2/2006 9:42:37 AM
In regards to the last posting, I am not a nurse but know Houston extremely well since I was in advertising for years there. My 2 cents worth: if I were a nurse, Houston is one of the better places to be with all the hospitals of high calibre standing there. There are so many nationalities there and no zoning, so everybody lives together. There is no segregation there as in Chicago. There used to be a Jamaican restaurant or two there, and probably still is. Do a computer search with Citysearch or other site. It is cheap to live there, very cheap compared to almost anyplace else you could move to--that has wonderful medical staffing, that is. You are a nurse, so either Mayo's at Rochester, MN. or other high quality area should be your target. Hope this helps.
Poor quality homes for the money by David Weekley! Posted On: 3/9/2006 2:18:09 PM
If you want a poor quality home for the money, go to David Weekley Homes! Not worth it! Take it from me--I bought one and regret it bigtime! PLUS, this is NOT the place for you to place ads for new suckers, David Weekley salespeople.