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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
To escalate into a fit of rage like no other, even beyond that of a Super Sayian, then to go about pulling a sword out of nowhere just over the pronunciation of your name.

Can also be shortened to Houso depending on the use within a sentence or context of conversation.
He got so angry he went full 'Houston' on that guy.

I can't believe he went home and got his sword out, he has gone full Houso!

Oh no, he is about to do a Houston. I don't know why, he was only called a Groppler.
by 1020Four October 17, 2013
4th largest city in the US by population, 3rd largest by area.

But that's not important, what is important is this. Houston is a very rainy city but still southern so it usually rrains heavy and only for a few hours at a time. That means that it is the only city in the top 5 cities in the US that you can actually see the clearest, bluest sky, without a hint of smog. It's also a very green city with acres of natural foliage and ground cover that requires virtually no maintinence to grow, just the regular rain fall.

In essence, it's the only city where you can be downtown but still experience the wonder of the Texas Big Sky Country.

Also money, we have a ton of that. It basically rains money in Houston. And all our immigrants are either doctors, nurses, or businessmen (other then the Mexicans and Central Americans). Houstonn is a business town, pure and simple.
L.A. is so depressing, because even the bluest brightest sunny day doesn't even hold a candle to Houston's big blue sky...

Houstonian: I don't care if it is 90 out with 95% humidity, IT'S A DAMN FINE DAY FOR A BALL GAME!!!
by Nigrarian August 02, 2007
The fattest city in America....dont believe me look it up
Houston is the fattest city in America I guess everything really IS bigger in Texas
by idontcareokkk December 24, 2011
Fattest city in the country and home to fat people such as myself. We are big girls down here and we can eat more than 10 men in one sitting. Fat women country down here.
If you want to come to Houston make sure to visit us fat asses, we welcome you with open arms.

by REBECCA REHMEYER_ September 16, 2008
The most boring city on earth, not kidding, and one of the ugliest, just a bunch of oil, conservative brats, more SUVs per capita than any city. Once you get past the 610 loop, it's just sprawl for miles and miles. Most of Houston is a ghetto, but the farther out you go, the less true that is. Most Hispanics and Orientals live where the White people lived 20-100 years ago, since all the white people now live in Spring, Tomball, and those other shitty snob towns. Pretty soon those will become ghettos, Houston may become so big, one day it will swallow the world whole.
The only good things about Houston are...
It never snows
Cost of living is ridiculously cheap
Beautiful ladies come from there (Hilary Duff, Beyoncé, Megan Fox, etc)
The people are warm and friendly
Houston is the biggest shithole in the western world.
by wahtever123 February 07, 2009
A bigger version of Dallas. The 4th largest single city in the United States and largest in Texas. America’s 7th largest metro area. As large as the Houston area is, it isnt even the largest in Texas: it ranks 2nd after Dallas-Ft. Worth. It’s economy has a broad industrial base in energy, the manufacturing of chemicals and petrochemicals, aeronautics (NASA is headquartered in the city at the Johnson space Center), technology, biotechnology and healthcare and research institutions. It is home to more Fortune 500 companies outside New York City. It’s numerous high-paying jobs followed by a low cost of living makes Houston a very easy city to live in. It is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country and is a classic example or urban sprawl gone ammock, like many Sun Belt cities including its rival, Dallas. Houston saw a surge of New Orleans refugees in September of 2005, after Hurricane Katrina. It is believed that its crime rate (already among the highest in the country) escalated rapidly after receiving the evacuees. Houston is almost an urban hell to live in because it has no zoning regulations whatsoever, thanks to its voters. Not suprisingly, it has the second-worst air pollution in the country after Los Angeles. For a city of such large size, Houston has very abysmal public transportation and just about everybody drives everywhere. The roads are overused, overcrowded, underfunded and in need of repair. Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation, partly due to an influx of immigrants (both legal and illegal) into Texas. It has the third-largest Hispanic and third-largest Mexican population in the United States. An estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants reside in Houston if you can believe it. That’s perhaps why the city has such a high crime rate. Houston, although not with a profile like the crowded East Coast cities, has just about everything: professional sports teams from every sport except hockey, museums, a theme park, tons of bars and nightclubs, an active nightlife, and ranks high in the arts. Houston is just damb big all over the place and an urban nightmare if you want to live there. It’s a nice place to visit or conduct business, but you don’t want to live there. Houston is just too damb big to be considered even a decent place to live. If people believe this to be a nice place to raise a family, then they have been Enroned.
Houston, we have a problem.
by krock1dk November 27, 2007