has written 2 SperlingViews. Currently, Van is living in Irving, TX and has a little something to say:
I am a freelance writer and designer living with my partner and our papillon-shih tzu Roscoe in a midcentury modern ranch in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. I grew up in Elba, Alabama, and besides there have lived in Tuscaloosa and Troy, Alabama; Newberry, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and El Paso, Texas, before moving to DFW in the summer of 2002. My family loves to travel, most often by means of road trip, and we can easily knock out 700 miles in a day--sometimes more, depending on the frequency of Starbucks! We tend to fall in love just a bit with every place we spend any amount of time.
|Life Stage:||Young Couple|
|Enjoys:||Midcentury modern architecture; classic automobiles; modern art; cooking; singing; spiritual development|
|Email:||Contact Van via email|
re: How could you compare Houston to Dallas? Posted On: 11/14/2007 12:38:12 PM
I live in Dallas (Irving, actually) and have visited Houston frequently my entire life. Houston is dirtier, hotter, more humid, more populous, and more diverse than Dallas. Dallas is a bit snobbier, although one might wonder why. Both can lay claim to unbridled urban sprawl. Both have unparalleled shopping, although Dallas has a tonier feel. Dallas feels somewhat more cosmopolitan and Houston feels homier, grittier. They both have some lovely neighborhoods and parks; however, in the grand scheme, neither city is very pretty. And as with anywhere one might choose to live, either of these cities will be what you make it.
Middle of the Road Posted On: 10/31/2007 4:15:29 PM
I've lived in several places, from the Deep South to the Deep Southwest, and I must say that Irving, Texas, physically in the very center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is very much in the middle of the geographic as well as demographic spectrum. It isn't too much or too little of anything. Sure, we could live in a setting with more natural beauty, less traffic, more spring and fall, less summer and winter--but hey, we all have to live somewhere, and this version of somewhere has served my partner and me rather well for the little-over five years since we moved here from El Paso. (Yes, El Paso, a charming holdout of the true wild west that gets an undeserved bad rap from lots of people who've never strayed beyond Interstate 10.)