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Companies relocating employees to Houston often look to the city's master-planned communities for their new homes.
Unfamiliar with Houston's inner-city neighborhoods, those coming from other areas are attracted by reports of good schools, safe streets and concentrated amenities in communities in outlying areas.
Master-planned communities are among Houston's most active in new home sales. American Metro/Study, which tracks housing sales in Texas' major metropolitan areas, lists 18 MPCs in the Houston area, up from 12 in 1990 and seven in 1980. Urban Land reported in 1997 that Houston has more MPCs than any other metro area in the United States.
MPCs - generally communities of at least 1,000 acres - account for about one-third of new home sales in the Houston area, according to a recent "Fiscal Notes" …