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Houston Supplants New York
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

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Posted By:magnante, 7/13/2013 12:25:51 PM

When I had the great good fortune to study business history with the founder of the discipline, Alfred D. Chandler, one question we pursued was the historical competition for commercial dominance between Boston and New York in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The key to New York´s victory was its ability to capture the flow of goods, thanks to the Erie Canal (snip) The greater Houston area has replaced New York City as the largest goods exporting region of the US, official data have shown, thanks to the energy boom that is reshaping the country´s industrial landscape.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Texas544, 7/13/2013 12:29:53 PM     (No. 9421893)

HA HA. Take that Dallas!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 7/13/2013 12:33:28 PM     (No. 9421899)

But NY will come roaring back once they elect an even more ridiculous mayor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JoniTx, 7/13/2013 1:04:14 PM     (No. 9421933)

Interesting, but not that surprising. Have lived in both areas, both are exciting and vibrant, Love them.....Houston though, is the one NOW on the up-trend.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lazlototh, 7/13/2013 1:25:35 PM     (No. 9421951)

I live in New York and like and admire Houston. That´s an unpopular view here, but Houston is industrious, growing, and always feels optimistic. As much as I love New York, I hate its politics and its governmental stupidity, which in the long term doom much of which it is capable, and as #2 points out, our next mayor, whoever it is, will start the city on another decline cycle, likely by letting criminals commit crimes again - something that Bloomberg, despite his ENORMOUS flaws, did not allow to happen.

So while the New York I love slowly strangles itself I applaud Houston. I would have no problem living there.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hotcorner, 7/13/2013 1:42:49 PM     (No. 9421977)

Houston, great people, optimistic and even the government attempts to be business-like, however slow.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Aria, 7/13/2013 2:42:41 PM     (No. 9422026)

I find Texas quite intriguing except for one thing - the weather. Seems to me there is also a large bug population.

Realtors say everything is a tradeoff and I tend to agree.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: on fire, 7/13/2013 3:00:24 PM     (No. 9422036)

I love my city! And we have unbelievable wealth of restaurants.

Yep, we got bugs in Houston with its high humidity but last week at our lakehouse west of Austin (which we call the desert), there were no bugs out while shooting off fireworks on the 4th - there usually aren´t many where the weather is dry. My state is totally awesome!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: RoseOfTexas, 7/13/2013 3:07:26 PM     (No. 9422038)

A native Dallasite, I love my adopted hometown of Houston. With all its negatives, it´s worth it for the friendly people, fantastic food, & pro-business atmosphere.

http://www.houstonitsworthit.com/


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/13/2013 3:09:14 PM     (No. 9422040)

The cities are lost.

Get rural.

The Piney Woods of Deep East Texas will be the last place the Goober-Stazi come to round up the remaining capitalists and free thinkers.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: marthaville, 7/13/2013 4:01:21 PM     (No. 9422074)

What is produced in New York? Sure they have the money changers. Where is the manufacturing? Where are the chemical plants and refineries? The investment banking could operate from almost anywhere.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/13/2013 4:02:14 PM     (No. 9422075)

This is a bit misleading because Houston is really centrally located to a swath of Texas coastline that includes 6 of the busiest 30 ports in the US. LA which has the largest port, Port of South Louisianna, also has the separately listed ports of New Orleans #6, and Baton Rouge #9. Texas has the port of Houston #2, Beaumont #3, Corpus Christie #5, Texas City #8, Freeport #22, and Port Arthur #28. In this day of electronic business, Houston is a convenient central location to all.

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