Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and the largest in Texas. However, the metropolitan area is slightly smaller and less culturally and economically important (although I hate to admit it) than the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Known for its flat, sprawling landscape and lack of public transportation, Houston is the perfect example of a post-modern boom town. Growth has been spurred on by the Port of Houston (top three in the nation), the energy and petrochemical industries, NASA, and high-technology and biomedical industries (Compaq, Texas Medical Center). Houston also does not have zoning laws, which is why there are strip malls and billboards everywhere. Cheap land and never ending suburban sprawl and white flight continue to provide the city with bland, boring (but safe and wholesome, ha) neighborhoods for newcomers to come to live and work.

Houston does not have much to offer that is truly unique when compared with the nation's older cities. Its claims to fame often are negative, such as its status as one of the fattest and most polluted cities. It is surrounded by mostly white, conservative suburbs and is the home to such often maligned stalwarts of the Republican party as George Bush Sr. and Tom DeLay. The weather can be pretty atrocious in summers, with heat, humidity and mosquitoes preventing much outdoor activity, but the rest of the year is often beautiful. Tourist attractions are usually meant for locals, such as the recently closed Astroworld, Galveston Island, the Museum District and the Galleria mall. There is not much reason to come here except for work or family.

However, Rome was not built in a day, and in that same vein Houston only continues to improve. The city is slowly acting on measures to cope with highway traffic, such as HOV lanes, rapid bus transit and light and commuter rail(finally). The city is also trying to beautify the city by cutting down on billboards and other ugly things that line our roads. The art and music scene only continue to improve, with more and more up and coming artists and musicians showcasing their talents in Houston's theatres, concert venues and art galleries. The local rap scene is finally getting national attention, with artists like Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, and Slim Thug (but not Deep) making it big. Trendy neighborhoods like Montrose, the Heights and Midtown provide relief from the monotony of the suburbs. Houston is also home to some of the most lovable (if not successful) professional sports teams in the nation and a host of beautiful new arenas and stadiums. Houston is still a great place to find good work and cheap (but nice) housing, and is one of the best places in the country for minorities to get ahead.

Houston is still relativly young and growing, and I think most would agree that the Houston of today is vastly superior to the Houston of 10 years ago, and the same can be expected 10 years from now. As long as the citizens of Houston act responsibly and proactively to guide the growth, development and diversification of their city, it still can become one of the world's greatest.
Person A: Houston is big, ugly and boring.
Me: Well quit your bitching and do something to make it prettier and more unique. Get involved in politics if you hate the conservatives who try to run Houston and most of the suburbs.

Person B: The weather in Houston sucks.
Me: Mosquitoes are a bitch, but it's still better than shoveling snow for 4 months a year, and still having to put up with heat waves like they do up North, or getting fried like they do in the West and Southwest.

Note: That picture is not the skyline of Houston, it's Dallas. Houston's is more impressive.
by Somewhat proud Houstonian August 08, 2006

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First word heard from the moon. The nation's fourth largest city and home to the Texas Medical Center (the world's largest) and NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Few cities in the world can match H-Town as a source for blues and rap talent. Home of ZZ Top and Beyoncé.

One of the best places to live, work, play, eat, play music, hear music, do art, see art, get sick, get well, work out, hang out, and make a decent living doing whatever your heart says you were put on earth to do.
The U.S. economy can be up or down but there's always money to be made in Houston.
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2 love H-town is 2 love postmodernity.
I love living in Houston.
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A very large, hot, humid, sprawling, congested, multi-cultural, sophisticated, yet laid back city that doesn't take itself too seriously such as lesser cities like Dallas.
A place that newcomers claim to despise, but for some reason, stay put and keep coming in hordes.

A world class city for arts, entertaiment, sports, dining and more.

No place in America can you find so much for so little cost.
Houston is hot, humid, and the only place in America I want to be.
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Houston, Texas is located 45 miles north of Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. And high temperatures in the summer are usually in the mid-90s.

Dallas is 300 miles from the Gulf and hotter, and the people there are a whole lot less friendly.
What was the dude thinking who said Houston was 70 miles from Galveston and 120 degrees in the summer??
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A Great city. Art, rap, culture. Very conveiniently located, only about 70 miles from Galveston (A Barrier Island in the Gulf of Mexico, popular tourist location), and is home of Elington Feild, and N.A.S.A. The First words from the moon where heard here. Major industries include oil and petrochem, but just about anything can make money here. Untill October 2005, we had an amusement park, named "Six Flags Astroworld", located right across the way from the Astro Dome. Did I mention that we had the first Dome-Stadium? New Orleans and the rest copied us. As a legal citizen of Houston, I can say that Houston is a very LARGE city, always with somthing going on. ZZ Top was started here. The word "Houston" is often used to discribe the downtown, but the city encompasses many, "Sub-cities", such as Humble, Kingwood, parts of the Woodlands, and more cities to the west. Contrary to popular belief, Texas is NOT all Desert, as shown in Western films. In fact, we have trees, bah, Forests all over. Because Houston is located near the Gulf of Mexico, the weather ususaly stays under 120 Ferenheit in the summer, and usualy never hits freezing.
Houston, Texas. Great city, slowly deteriorating.
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Houston, (pronounced Yew-Ston)is the best place to live in the world. Home of Beyonce,Mike Jones,Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Bun B, Slim Thug, and countless other rappers. Also the starting place of ZZ Top. The first words from the moon were heard here. And the Medical Center is the best in the world. Living in Houston is the greatest.
1. The guy who said Houston sucks is a fanny.
2. Dallas and Austin ain't got nothing on Houston
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simply put the best city in the united states and the home to screwed and chopped. the rap scene is incredible with artists such as trae z-ro ugk suc and etc that buck the trend and rap about life instead of cars money an women. also known as h town screwston hustle town
holla from the southside of houston.
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