Another week, another couple of lists that say Houston is amazing, happy, funny, perfect, genius...I don't know. Harris Interactive did a poll to find the happiest cities among America's top 10 markets and Houston came in second behind Dallas/Ft. Worth. You'd be happy, too, if the boobs you'd just bought were the size of honeydew melons and your McMansion came complete with a bronze statue of J.R. Ewing in the entryway fountain. Apparently, people in San Francisco are miserable bastards because they came in last. So much for cool temperatures and a beautiful view to put pep in your step.
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In a second mention of Houston, Forbes called us "America's next great global city." It also called us the capital of the Third Coast (the nickname for the Gulf Coast). Holy crap, we're awesome.
And it's great. For years, we've wished people would look past the sprawl, the pollution, the strip malls, the lack of public transportation, the failing infrastructure and the giant mosquitos to pat us on the back and say, "Houston, you're all right." Now you can barely pick up a national publication without them telling us how wonderful we are, like they're sucking up to us for something (cough...rolling blackouts...cough).
So, awesome and also yawn because we knew that already. We gave up on worrying about the national media back when a certain crappy tabloid newspaper in a city we'll only name by its initials -- NYC -- called us a "Hellhole." In some ways at that time, we probably were, but a lot has changed in 20 years.More »