I want to move to SA myself.Took a TX vacay last year. Saw Houston, Galveston, Austin, and San Antonio (I'm a city boy). Houston was my least favorite, really liked Austin and San Antonio, I could live there. Had been to El Paso years ago, liked it, interesting place but could not live there.Ever been to Houston?I grew up in NYC and there are somethings about it I miss every day. I left for the burbs because it seems like a good compromise between city and non-city. I'm close enough to a city to take advantage of what it offers but preferred to raise my kids elsewhere. It always seemed to me that cities were for the very rich, the very poor, or very young adults newly on their own. I've never regretted it.I remember watching the TV comedy series "Green Acres" and thinking "Mr. Douglass" was an idiot. Living in the city had so many things going for it, that it was a no brainer to live in one, if a person could afford it.
Cities offered more jobs that were easily available and only a fresh air walk and a trolley ride away. Dallas still had them back then, Ft Worth too.
Cities were much safer to live in too. Criminals could slip into a rural house and kill people in their sleep, steal the stuff and slip away into the woods and fields around them.
Cities had hospitals and big libraries that held almost every kind of book. Big movie theaters, and festivals and stuff that were entertaining and made you feel excited and more alive.
But the other day I was talking to my wife and she said 'Only an idiot would live in a city.' and she said it so matter-of-factly that I was caught off guard and surprised to hear it from her, a grown-up city girl from LA.
I asked her why she says that, and she said that there is no reason to live in cities anymore.
And it is true. With the pandemic, nearly everyone has found out that you can telework as easily as drive-in and the output actually goes up, believe it or not. All the entertainment that used to only be found in cities is available on streaming services, libraries too. The commute into work is a pain in the ass that nearly everyone hates to death. And cities certainly are not safer than the suburbs or rural areas.
So it struck me that she had a good point; why the hell live in a city?
Cities tend Democratic since to live in a city you have to have a good government to supply the services you require: roads, zoning, transportation, etc. The GOP demonizes gov't but cities require it and it needs to work. The GOP is appealing to a smaller and smaller demographic and it is why they are a minority party in terms of voters.
Democratic Mayor for decades and the roads will break your axel...
So the Dems and GOP do very little to fix the issues in the City if Houston...