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Article name[edit]

Shouldn't the article name be Houston? Even if there are more than one Houston, I'd think Houston, Texas would fall into the same category of Paris as the "most well-known". Unless anyone disagrees I'd like to move the article back. -- Wrh2 23:40, 24 Oct 2005 (EDT)

That is a great idea. Houston is massive and the other "Houstons" are quite small in comparison.

Links removed from main page.[edit]

The following links were removed from the main page because they do not follow the external link guidelines. However they may be useful reading when adding to the article itself. -- Ilkirk 20:10, 13 Nov 2005 (EST)

More links added and removed from the main page listed below.... -- Tom Holland (xltel) 12:35, 12 Feb 2006 (EST)

Nit Picking[edit]

NoDo? Does anybody actually call it that? That's the warehouse district, right? I don't frequent that area too much, but I have never heard that term used by anybody. And I don't think that anybody actually calls the (Asian) Bellaire "New Chinatown." I think Two Rows deserves a mention in the local beers section. How about Shiner, though ? Is that close enough?

go for it!. Majnoona 14:37, 24 April 2006 (EDT)
Oh the warehouse district. I've lived in Houston all my live and never heard "nodo" outside of WT. And shiner is a texas institution. Jordanmills 15:26, 24 April 2006 (EDT)
yeah I've never heard the term "NoHo" either, just "warehouse district." Also, the term "Bellaire Chinatown" seems to be much more common than "New Chinatown."
Never heard NoHo or NoDo, lived in Houston all my life. Also, I thought Two Rows was in Dallas. I do know for a fact Shiner is its own town in Texas - if I'm not mistaken it's closer to San Antonio. And three "downtowns?" You'll never anyone refer to these areas as anything but Downtown, Uptown (a.k.a. Galleria), and "The Medical Center."
I renamed it. I've never heard of "nodo", saw little contrary input. Also rewriting the "three downtowns" stuff. Jordanmills 00:13, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

Bus charter[edit]

I removed the link for the bus charter service; I think that's outside the range of information for the typical travel guide. --Evan 17:32, 4 December 2006 (EST)

It looks like spam spewed all over a bunch of pages. Jordanmills 14:58, 5 December 2006 (EST)

Drink section[edit]

So I added a couple more bars. We're getting a good long list here, maybe more than should be in a section. But they all seem to lend their own personality to the city, and I can't think of any that should be cut. Should any, and if so, which? Jordanmills 22:08, 8 April 2007 (EDT)

We tend to like the number 9 around here, so that's about the # of listings we aim for in each section... looks like this one's still fine  :) – cacahuate talk 02:52, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
I thought we went for 7 +/- 2? I guess I have seven there now, leaving room for more. Jordanmills 11:04, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Why does this city still not have the huge city template? It already has the districts listed there. I think a city this big deserves way more than 9 places in its Drink section. Texugo 04:29, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
'Cause I only have so much time, and it would take some thought to break it apart. At any rate, Houston doesn't translate as well to districts as most other cities. There's very little "community feel" to anything smaller than the city as a whole. For example, ALL the museums are in the museum district, while there is very little shopping there. I'm not sure how well it would translate. Jordanmills 11:04, 9 April 2007 (EDT)
Obviously nothing is set in stone... what I meant was that we would wait for the 7 + 2 before actually needing to delete anything... and even then I think it's open to discussion, since a place like Houston that maybe doesn't need to be split into districts will still be big enough to possibly warrant more than 9 drink or eat listings... the idea with Huge Cities is that when broken into disticts you've got 9 for each section in each district... and even 9 for each subcategory (budget, mid-range, splurge)... basically though, I think if something is good and the traveler should know about it, then we should put it there regardless of a pesky # rule  :) – cacahuate talk 13:15, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

Districtification[edit]

I'm going ahead and giving a shot at districtifying the city. As Jordanmills pointed out last year, not every district may have a full load of stuff for every section, but the hotel listings and the see and do sections are already getting too much for a single page, and there are certainly a whole lot more restaurants that could be recommended if we break it up. For now, I went ahead with the districts more or less as they were laid out in the District section before, but I want to suggest that Katy and The Woodlands get their own separate articles, and that we combine Clear Lake with Friendswood to make a single article. Also I have flipflopped a lot on what to call the Med Center/Rice/Museum District article and would appreciate some input from locals. The Houston Chronicle seems to vaguely refer to it as "Inside the Loop" but I don't know exactly what areas that includes or if it is actually common parlance there. Please comment on my work so far. Texugo 02:09, 29 February 2008 (EST)

I'm starting to think that this was a bad idea. I mean look, it's empty (districts)and there is like NO pictures!!!! No one really seeems to be doing anything with it anywasy, its' like an abandoned project! this is sad! if your going to do this, at least know that you need to FUFILL it !!!! Keeep smiling, Edmontonenthusiast 14:11, 3 November 2008 (EST).
I do not really like your patronizing attitude. My contributions were obviously in good faith, arising out of a real need-- Yes some of the districts have little to no information, but several of them have quite a bit (e.g. Downtown, Med Center, Uptown, Montrose, River Oaks), and the main article still contains a lot of listings that will go toward filling up the rather empty ones. The article as it stood before was extremely long beyond the point of needing districtification. I stopped work on it because I wanted comments and possibly help from someone who lives there. I don't live there, which means I don't have any pictures (which is not top-priority anyway), and locating which district a listing goes in is time-consuming google-maps work. You are welcome to contribute to that work, and I could accept even a little nudge to see if I have time for it, but you shouldn't criticize me for not having done it all myself. Wiki works by contributing what you can when you can, not by staking out a claim and assuming responsibility for finishing an article. And I find outright laughable any suggestion that a city of this size doesn't need districtification. Texugo 00:31, 4 November 2008 (EST)
Hey, 'Tex, I'm sorry if I made you feel bad. I know it's a lot of work and you don't even liivve there! I could try a little bit...with helping move stuff, etc. Anyways, don't expect much because I am mostly doin' western Canadian cities, as well I will soon be starting up Austin...I mean that one's in bad shape too, no offense, but there is like no info in the districts. My point is just that if you aren't or you know no one else will complete/work on it lots, to me, there is little-to-no point in districting it. You need people to work on it. To me, if you are the one districting it, unless you specifically know someone else will, you should be responsible for putting in the work. I am sorry if that does make you feel bad. I will try to help some. I see you do try, and it's hard when you live in Japan, ;). Keep smiling, ee talk 12:23, 4 November 2008 (EST).
ee, it doesn't make me feel bad at all, because your attitude is completely and utterly wrong. It does piss me off a little though. Taking an article a few steps towards being a star does not in any way oblige the contributor to go all the way-- the only responsibility that comes along with making a contribution is of ensuring that the addition is accurate and legal. Neither is it necessary to assemble a team of contributors for work on a destination before contributing-- that is the spirit of Plunge forward. For you to go around telling long-time heavy contributors that they are leaving jobs unfinished, that they haven't contributed enough, well, that is just plain offensive. So contribute here, or don't. But please try to be a little more sensitive and appreciate the work that has been done, rather than chastise people for not doing enough. Texugo 23:52, 4 November 2008 (EST)
ok you know uhm im sorry. yur pounts are verrrry valid. keepsmiling,ee talk 00:33, 5 November 2008 (EST)
Apology accepted. Texugo 00:37, 5 November 2008 (EST)
Oy, I really feel bad. I am sorry! Keep smiling, ee talk 10:22, 5 November 2008 (EST).

I say jolly good job on districtifying. I'm a local and I'd like to offer my help on this article if I can (as soon as I'm done with Big Bend National Park and perhaps a few other small ones). First, there's a few things I'd like to throw out there:

  • As for the Med Center/Rice/Museum District conundrum, I've mostly heard Museum District but I think the others apply probably just as equally (I've also seen it called "South Main" in some travel books but I don't recall I've heard anyone local using that term), so that's a really tough call... Ideally more input from other locals is called for but IMHO it's fine as-is for now.
  • I agree Katy and the Woodlands probably need their own articles; as I'm sure they'll just keep continuing to grow and they do seem distinct (and distant) from Houston. I also wonder if some of the growing, southern regions (Pearland/Sugarland/etc) might eventually need an article, although I don't think there is anything currently there for travelers except perhaps a few well regarded restaurants (and I seem to recall there is an observatory somewhere down there although I could be wrong).
  • Then there's the north... Aside from the Woodlands, we may want to consider the northern area encompassing Humble, Kingwood, Spring, Tomball, etc. I know in many ways it's off the beaten track, but there's a few reasons for it's own section, one of which being it would be a convenient place to stick hotel options near the airport. Also, it's home to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center and Jesse Jones Park, two great places for anyone who enjoys hiking, nature, and all that jazz. I'm sure there's more there I'm overlooking as well.
  • Then there's east Houston. In my opinion, this would be a great catch-all for destinations that are scattered around a bit like Space Center Houston, the San Jacinto Monument, the Orange Show, the Port of Houston boat tour, and the Armand Bayou Nature Center (which is not currently listed). There's also restaurants like the original Ninfa's on Navigation and we could maybe mention facts like Pasadena/Gilley's was the setting for Urban Cowboy (maybe? I'm not sure if people care or not). Kemah could also be included but I noticed it already has its own article which is pretty filled so I guess that's okay.

Hopefully more Houstonites will show up to help out. :) Army of me 18:32, 17 May 2009 (EDT)

Hey, sounds like you have some good ideas. Feel free to plunge forward and implement them. I'll try to keep an eye on this and give you feedback. Texugo 01:00, 18 May 2009 (EDT)

Districtification (v2)[edit]

I may start on this soon. Possibly Midtown, too, unless we can actually find things to add to it. In fact, here's what I'm thinking:

  • Downtown - Keep (of course)
  • Med Center and Rice - Important of course, but as mentioned before, I think everyone agrees that a better name can be had (not that I have a better one at the moment). Also, let's be sure to mention this is where the Museum District is.
  • Uptown or The Galleria Area - keep (of course)
  • Warehouse District - I think this should just be integrated into Downtown since it's basically just a tiny subset and there's not a huge amount of things to put in the article (if much at all).
  • Montrose - A very important section, but would anyone be opposed to me renaming Montrose to the more inclusive "Neartown"? Of course, Montrose would still redirect to there and probably be mentioned in the article.
  • River Oaks - I'm pondering also if there is enough here for it ever to ever really justify a separate article. It's a famous residential area among Houstonians, but not exactly a tourist area. I'm not sure where to integrate though (if that were to occur)...
  • Midtown - I'm also pondering the same thing here. Is there enough for a separate article? Maybe it could just also be integrated into Downtown for now.
  • The Heights - Another famous residential area for Houstonians, but not sure if there's anything to see or do here...
  • Southwest Houston - Definitely does not need it's own article yet IMHO; these are just residential neighborhoods...
  • New Chinatown - Again, chock full of shopping and restaurants, but I don't know if there's anything to see/do or anywhere to sleep.

And as I proposed earlier, I'd like to add some catch-all categories for the rest of Houston (divided into thirds):

  • North Houston - the weird V-shape formed by everything roughly above 290 to the West, down to everything above the north loop of 610, and back up to 59 N in the East (and then following the contour of Beltway 8, so as to include Humble, Kingwood, etc.) - not including the Woodlands
  • West Houston - everything below 290 and sweeping counter-clockwise to 288 (of course, unless the area is already included in one of the articles above), but outside of 610 - not including Katy nor possibly Sugarland/Missouri City
  • East Houston - everything from 59-N sweeping down to 288 - not including Kemah nor possibly Baytown (is there much to do here?) or Clearlake (even though this would put the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center outside of Houston, and there is possibly not much else to do here?)

(Yep, there's no South Houston because Houston is bottom-heavy as far as attractions go and so is captured in West/East Houston). These areas are huge, I realize, but they only have a few attractions for travelers so I think it's justified and better than not mentioning them at all. Any opinions would be helpful. Army of me 23:35, 8 November 2009 (EST)

I also forgot to mention we should include the new (and excellent) clubs and restaurants of Washington Avenue, but I'm not sure where it would fit in. It's too small to be it's own article, but could maybe be included either in the Heights or Neartown/Montrose (even though it's technically neither; it's too new).

Sleep listings[edit]

I don't know where these listings should go, so if you are knowledgeable, feel free to step in and move them to the relevant district page. Thanks! PierrB (talk) 04:03, 26 January 2015 (EST)

  • TownePlace Suites Houston Clear Lake, 1050 Bay Area Boulevard · Houston, Texas 77058 USA, 1-281-286-2132, [1]. This hotel is near NASA/Johnson Space Center and Baybrook Mall. Galveston Island, the Kemah Boardwalk and the wetlands of the Armand Bayou Nature Center are all just a short drive away. It is also pet-friendly.  edit
  • Residence Inn Houston I-10 West/Barker Cypress, 1550 Barker Cypress Rd. · Houston, Texas 77084 USA, 1-281-829-2600, [2]. Conveniently located in the Energy Corridor, this all suite extended stay Houston hotel is near BP, Shell, Texas Children’s Hospital, Wood Group and Mustang Engineering. With a new modern design, suites feature fully equipped kitchens with sleek appliances to prepare your favorite cuisine. This hotel also welcomes pets.  edit
  • Crowne Plaza Suites Houston, 9090 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074, 7139950123, [3]. This Houston Hotel is an all suite hotel conveniently located just minutes away from all the attractions and places to visit while in Houston. This Crowne Plaza Suites Houston is an atrium hotel with conference and catering facilities, restaurant and lounge, room service, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness room, free business center, free parking and much more!  edit
  • Magnolia Hotel, 1100 Texas Ave Houston, TX 77002, [4]. Named the 2012 "Best Boutique Hotel in Houston" by the Houston Press, the hotel was originally the home for the Houston Post Dispatch newspaper and later the corporate office for Shell Oil Company, the boutique Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston, TX opened in March 2003 after extensive renovation. Hailed as one of the most impressive office buildings in Texas, Magnolia's restoration has re-established the 1926 historic landmark as one of Houston's most distinct properties.  edit
  • Hotel Icon, 220 Main St Houston, TX 77002, [5]. Hotel ICON, an exclusive member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is located in the heart of downtown at the confluence of dynamic business, theater, legal and sports districts. Originally built in 1911 as the Union National Bank Building, our hotel in Houston, TX thoughtfully balances irreplaceable period detail, grand neoclassical architecture and dynamic, contemporary Houston hotel rooms.  edit
  • Hotel Sorella, 800 Sorella Ct Houston, TX 77024, [6]. The centerpiece of mixed use development CITYCENTRE, Hotel Sorella hosues 244 guest rooms and suites, on-site dining, pool, versatile event and meeting space, a spa and fitness center, and complimentary high-speed Internet access to make staying in touch just a bit easier.  edit
  • La Colombe d'Or Hotel, 3410 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006, [7]. Occupying the historic Fondren mansion, originally built in 1923 as a private residence for the founder of Humble Oil, the landmark property now serves as one of the world’s smallest luxury hotels and the gateway to the Houston Museum District.  edit
  • Sonesta ES Suites Houston, 5190 Hidalgo Street, 713-355-8888, [8]. Sonesta ES Suites Houston offers a convenient downtown location to nearby corporate business and area attractions. Each one and two bedroom suite offers a fully equipped kitchen, oversized work area, complimentary high speed wireless internet access. A complimentary buffet breakfast is offered daily, and a reception is offered Tuesday through Thursday evenings.  edit
  • TownePlace Suites Houston Northwest, 11040 Louetta Road Houston, Texas 77070 USA, 1-281-374-6767, [9]. Located near Willowbrook Mall, Sam Houston Race Park and businesses such as HP, FMC Technologies and Noble Energy.  edit

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