Houston, a middle class manufacturing city and the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., home of oil refineries and 27.4 minute commutes, continues to build more highway lanes to accommodate growth. This month I counted 18 lanes for West 1-10 (Katy Freeway), just nearing expansion completion. I've never driven on 9 lanes heading anywhere. Houston is about 20% larger by population, with around million more people, since I left in 2000 and in that time, NYC grew less than 3%.
The big new transportation construction here in Santa Fe is the rail line from Albuquerque. But having lived since Houston in Atlanta and then NYC before plopping in Santa Fe, I thought I'd share this info from the NYSun this month comparing Houston to NYC:
Houston is an idea-centric city with movers in fields of finance, insurance and professional services...when it comes to growth, Gotham pales beside Houston...Employees earn almost double in Manhatttan what they earn in Houston. Houston has more days with temperatures over 90 degrees than any other large American city. Median home price in Houston: $126,000 (compared to $787,900 in Manhattan). Texans have no state income tax... another big difference.'
Getting around in NYC was easy with subways, taxis, grid system layout and buses but the lower cost of living in Houston makes cars - and the highways -- the way to live. Continuing high gas prices might change all that.