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What Is Houston?

August 5, 2010

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A city of over 2 million

With a population density 1/3 of Los Angeles

88 Super Neighborhoods

Covering 627 square miles

And 25% vacant (Enough vacant land to build all of Boston three times)

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Population density by super neighborhood (2000)

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How is it divided?

By east and west

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Left to Right: Median household income map, Home prices by zip code map

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How is it connected?

With 575 miles of freeways

100 miles of HOV lanes

2,500 miles of waterways and tributaries

And an extensive flood plain that negates social distinctions

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Houston highways and waterways

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How is it defined?

As sprawling

Unplanned

Messy

Ugly

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But really, what is Houston? . . . more soon

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