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18 Facts That Make Houston The Best City In America
BI ^ | 7-1-2014 | Emmie Martin and Max Nisen

Posted on 07/01/2014 11:00:20 AM PDT by blam

Emmie Martin and Max Nisen
July 1, 2014

When you think about Houston, Texas, you probably picture massive oil refineries, oppressive humidity, and a sub-par baseball team — a far cry from one of the nation's most up-and-coming cities.

But you shouldn't dismiss Houston so easily; the Bayou City is an economic juggernaut.

It's by far the country's No. 1 job creator and home to 26 Fortune 500 companies. A paycheck goes farther here than anywhere else in the country, and it has a medical center larger than downtown Dallas.

Add a thriving restaurant and cultural scene, and you've got a winning case for Houston as the best city in America. Here are 18 reasons you may want to pack your bags and head south.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dallas; economy; houston; texas
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1 posted on 07/01/2014 11:00:20 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

the fly in the ointment... gay mayor and obnoxious gay pride celebrations.

i guess they really wanted to punk those straight redneck cowboy hicks.


2 posted on 07/01/2014 11:02:07 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: blam
...a sub-par baseball team...

The Texas Rangers can well understand that.

3 posted on 07/01/2014 11:02:15 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: blam

HOT HOT HOT HUMID MUGGY.... pass. sweating to death every day isnt my idea of “fun”...


4 posted on 07/01/2014 11:03:27 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: blam

uh...NOT!!!


5 posted on 07/01/2014 11:03:35 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: re_nortex

Maybe they should switch to golf?


6 posted on 07/01/2014 11:05:28 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
the fly in the ointment... gay mayor and obnoxious gay pride celebrations.

Not only that, but our (Houston) mayor forced through the city ordinance allowing gender-confused people can use any public washroom they want.
7 posted on 07/01/2014 11:06:17 AM PDT by plsvn
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The real Houston:

Angry natives (blacks)

Horrid heat and humidity

Drunk Hispanics everywhere

Out of control Hispanic children flooding every local event (zoo is barely tolerable)

Little to do beyond drugs and alcohol. Unless you like to hike in a swamp and get attacked by illegal immigrate mosquitos (Asian tiger mosquitoes)

The only thing this city has going is the job market.


8 posted on 07/01/2014 11:06:26 AM PDT by drunknsage
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To: blam

Isn’t Sheila Jackson Lee from Houston?


9 posted on 07/01/2014 11:08:01 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: wyowolf

My dad spent over a year in Houston working on a big project. His advice to me after that experience was “Son, unless you like the feeling of wet underwear, do NOT move to the Gulf Coast of Texas!”


10 posted on 07/01/2014 11:08:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blam

I would maintain that some of Houston’ “growth” is due to the city gobbling up adjacent territory under its own name. Other urban locations (e.g. Phoenix, Chicago) have nearby suburbs that catch a lot of the growth. Houston’s land mass is so large that doesn’t happen there.

Now, how’d it get that confused mayor?


11 posted on 07/01/2014 11:08:36 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: blam

Best of all, it’s less than six hours from New Orleans.


12 posted on 07/01/2014 11:09:53 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: blam

No one is mentioning the Damned Traffic!


13 posted on 07/01/2014 11:10:08 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: wyowolf

Yeah but January, February....


14 posted on 07/01/2014 11:10:26 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Houston was just a way to get to Washington DC for that NY carpet-bagger.


15 posted on 07/01/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: blam

Forgot to add “for Mexicans” in the title...


16 posted on 07/01/2014 11:12:59 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: blam
Houston is inhabited by nothing but bloodthirsty rednecks. And we have mosquitoes the size of flying chihuahuas here. And it's hot and humid. With enormous billboards and no hills or any other scenery. It's illegal to ride around in anything other than a pickup truck with a minimum of four feet of ground clearance, and you can be jailed for not wearing a bolo tie. Even if you're female.

Stay away. I hear Appalachia is nice. Try there. Thanks.
17 posted on 07/01/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: blam

I lived in Houston for a couple of years.
oh the humidity.
If you live in Houston you have two seasons.
Summer and Yuck


18 posted on 07/01/2014 11:14:47 AM PDT by justlittleoleme
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To: Red_Devil 232
You just need the right vehicle:


19 posted on 07/01/2014 11:15:04 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Red_Devil 232

“There’s always traffic in Houston!”


20 posted on 07/01/2014 11:16:37 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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To: Romulus; All
Best of all, it’s less than six hours from New Orleans

I wouldn't exactly call that a good thing...or are you being sarcastic? Also as someone else mentioned, the Houston traffic is UNBEARABLE!

Give me LA (lower Alabama) any day!

21 posted on 07/01/2014 11:19:54 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

yeah i was told austin and houston were IN Texas but weren’t Texas...


22 posted on 07/01/2014 11:20:20 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
Isn’t Sheila Jackson Lee from Houston?

She represents Houston but she's from Queens, NY.

23 posted on 07/01/2014 11:25:14 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: blam

I will say this (and not regretfully) that all college classmates that I knew who flocked to Houston some 40 plus years ago are today multi-millionaires. I am sure this does not hold 100% true considering I did not know all my classmates.


24 posted on 07/01/2014 11:25:23 AM PDT by yetidog
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To: blam

It’s like a muggy suburb of Hell.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 11:26:25 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: blam

OK, so everybody is bashing Houston here. I have family in Houston and farther down the coast; we go visit two or three times a year.

Climate? Yeah, it sucks. Unless you go there from November to February.

“Undesirable” people? Sure, but you could find them on the far side of the Moon. They’re everywhere.

Gay Mayor? OK, but you can find that in Chicago, it’s been in San Fran, and most other big cities have communist mayors anyway.

Crappy sports teams? Hey, I’m a Cubs fan. I was born with low expectations. No hockey, though. That’s a big black mark.

On the upside:

Plenty of shooting ranges. Having guns isn’t a problem. If you know someone out in the country, you can go hog shooting for the hell of it.

Nice BBQ.

And for the real reason:

JOBS. Follow the money. Houston is a boom/bust town. If you drive through town you can see the boom cycles in the ages of the neighborhoods and the commercial development. Right now, it’s booming.

Go get yourself a piece of the action while you can.

And however bad you may think it is, it’s not North Dakota.


26 posted on 07/01/2014 11:26:28 AM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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To: Milton Miteybad

You pro-islaimist lesbian mayor is certainly very special.


27 posted on 07/01/2014 11:27:08 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: notdownwidems
You should have been here in 1978, when most of the freeways were only six to eight lanes (four main lanes, four feeder lanes.) People would carry large sun umbrellas, lawn furniture and coolers full of beer in the trunks of their cars for the inevitable traffic jams that would have traffic completely stopped for hours and backed up for dozens of miles. People would get out and have a picnic waiting for the cops to clear the accident up ahead. During that boom, it was easier for a businessman to hire (or buy) a helicopter to get to his meetings than gamble on arriving on time via car or taxi.

These days, traffic in Houston is a breeze, comparatively speaking.
28 posted on 07/01/2014 11:27:23 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: blam

and one fact the other way — FIRE ANTS


29 posted on 07/01/2014 11:27:31 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: blam
LOL, this was the Onion! I knew it!
30 posted on 07/01/2014 11:28:39 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Milton Miteybad

Wink, wink...


31 posted on 07/01/2014 11:29:35 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: Milton Miteybad

” I hear Appalachia is nice.”

VERY nice


32 posted on 07/01/2014 11:30:30 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: blam
I landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in the middle of August, walked through the air conditioned terminal towards the rental car transport buses, and when the double sliding glass doors opened up to let me experience Houston's outside temperature and humidity it was like the gates of Hell opened up in front of me with the dark lord himself standing outside laughing and waggling his tongue and making the heavy metal 'devil' sign with his fingers as flames erupted around him.

Only indication of how bad the weather would be was when deplaning from the aircraft into the terminal jetway and I felt the oppressive heat leaking through the narrow gap between the plane and the boarding ramp like escaping radiation from a meltdown fission reactor's core.

I had a brand new rental car with AC/Delco air conditioning and it did next to nothing even at full blast at highway speeds. Only place I've ever been where I experienced *hot* rain.

At home they asked "How was the weather in Houston?". I said "Absolutely satanic. Like living in a hot shower for a week."

I don't care if Houston's streets are paved with gold. No way I could live there.

33 posted on 07/01/2014 11:31:14 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: AppyPappy

Did Sheila Jackson-Lee make Houston the best city?


34 posted on 07/01/2014 11:31:23 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

With a name like Jackson-Lee, she has to be a proper Southern Belle.


35 posted on 07/01/2014 11:33:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Jewbacca
Mayor Porker is Houston's problem. Miteybad hangs his hat in a neighboring suburb in west Harris County, and has little at stake in a mayoral race in Houston proper.

To be fair, however, Mayor Porker, for all of her peculiarities, does appear to be an able administrator, even if she isn't the second coming of Oscar Holcombe (a former Houston mayor.)
36 posted on 07/01/2014 11:34:47 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: blam
Houston ranks #7 in the nation with the worst air pollution.

http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html

37 posted on 07/01/2014 11:35:13 AM PDT by South40 (Hillary Clinton was a "great secretary of state". - Texas Governor Rick Perry)
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To: re_nortex

Yeah, but we’ve got a hockey team!


38 posted on 07/01/2014 11:35:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: drunknsage

Your description of Houston below is probably the main reason that so many well off Houston people buy homes in N California to live in after they retire. We know of 3 couples that fit that description. One couple a few years ago, moved in. They have gotten two other couples to move in and more are coming.

As of a few weeks ago, cash home buyers in our area had Texas, mainly Houston people and Asian as the # 1 buyers.


The real Houston:

Angry natives (blacks)

Horrid heat and humidity

Drunk Hispanics everywhere

Out of control Hispanic children flooding every local event (zoo is barely tolerable)

Little to do beyond drugs and alcohol. Unless you like to hike in a swamp and get attacked by illegal immigrate mosquitos (Asian tiger mosquitoes)

The only thing this city has going is the job market.


39 posted on 07/01/2014 11:36:21 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the Sunni Won-Doer, will not divert $'s from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: wyowolf

You forgot to mention the mosquitos. On top of that, the traffic!!


40 posted on 07/01/2014 11:37:06 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: henkster
Wow, the haters here! Houston has a lot going for it. Yes, it's hot and humid - so is all of Florida. The highways have been massively upgraded. Traffic is nothing like it was in 1981 when I was driving a flatbed truck with no AC or power anything - crawling in attics putting in cable TV.

Your right about the boom/bust (mostly boom since the 80's). It's like aging a tree - count the concentric rings of growth.

41 posted on 07/01/2014 11:40:54 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: drunknsage

You are right about the city.
There are parts of the city that are nice though, but none of us can afford to live there. High property taxes.
Where the growth and prosperity is in the surrounding counties.


42 posted on 07/01/2014 11:42:07 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: The KG9 Kid
A few years ago I flew back to Houston from a business trip to Denver. The plane landed at IAH and was taxiing to the jetway. You could tell which of the passengers were visitors from Denver, because they were gasping at the steam coming out of the vents and flooding into the passenger cabin. (I gotta admit, it was pretty impressive.)

Then, while exiting the plane, a few the Denver natives collapsed onto the jetway, complaining that they were unable to breathe because "the air was so heavy." And yeah, when you step out into the Houston air after being in a dry climate for a few days, it does feel like somebody whacked you in the face with a wet towel. Solution: go find some air conditioning. We have plenty of it. ;-)
43 posted on 07/01/2014 11:44:53 AM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Sheejack does represent a congressional district in Houston.
Her contituants are like her. Only without as much money and power.


44 posted on 07/01/2014 11:45:59 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Kinda like what I always imagined Hades would be!


45 posted on 07/01/2014 11:46:02 AM PDT by gr8eman (A good rant should have the word "crap" in it at least 4 times!)
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To: blam

19. You get to watch Dominique Sasche read the news every night. mmmmm!

https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Anq2MUc2iD77sqBfqavPtNCbvZx4?fr=yfp-t-901-s&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&p=dominique%20sachse%20bikini


46 posted on 07/01/2014 11:46:10 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

Isn’t Sheila Jackson Lee from Houston?

******************

Yep by way of Queens, NYC, Yale University and University of Virginia Law School.
Jackson Lee moved to Houston after her husband, Dr. Elwyn C. Lee, took a job at the
University of Houston. Her husband now holds a dual position of Vice Chancellor
and Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Houston System and the
University of Houston, respectively.


47 posted on 07/01/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT by deport
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To: blam

All lies! Stay away! You’ll hate it here!


48 posted on 07/01/2014 11:49:36 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: henkster
Crappy sports teams?

The Astros are actually showing some nice potential.


49 posted on 07/01/2014 11:57:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: blam

If Mary Lou Retton decided to live there that’s good enough for me.


50 posted on 07/01/2014 11:58:30 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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