Houston Makes Top 10 Ugliest Cities List: Five Reasons it's Not So
Photo by Adam Baker We're pretty, dammit
Houston has come a long way in the looks and self-esteem department.
Back when it was just a hamlet of a thing in the 1830s, people were already regarding Houston as something of a hot mess -- the lawlessness was legendary and draining off some of the swampland didn't actually nip all of the potential for swamp-type diseases in the bud.
But that was a long time back, and since then Houston has gotten over the awkward kid phase, and the gawky teenager era to become a lovely town in its own right.
Sure, everyone knows that the town is more striking than beautiful, but unlike some metropolises (ahem, Dallas) Houston knows that beauty is only skin-deep. but character will get you far, and with a little aging and a little love even the most awkward grown city can become a beauty if you choose to look at it right.
Obviously those bastards over at ucityguides.com are not seeing Houston through our eyes. According to them, Houston is one of the 10 ugliest cities in the world (even outranking Detroit and Los Angeles, the only other U.S. cities on the list.) And to add insult to injury, Dallas isn't even on the list.
We're not sure what they were thinking over there at the travel website, but we're more than certain they must have been thinking with a lot of stupid on their mind to even think of putting Houston on the list. So here are five reasons they are wrong:
1. Have they even been to Houston? Yes, like so many cities around the world, we have a high number of homeless people and poverty, but seriously have they even been to this city? This all sounds like a lot of ugly statistics being recited here (they didn't even bother to put up a picture of the place -- what afraid Houston will come off looking quirky, gritty and original even when you're showing her from her most unflattering angles?) without any real look at the many good things about the city.
2. Look at how pretty we are (it's all in the angles.) Yes, some people have complained about Houston's legendary lack of zoning, and yes, that lack of zoning has meant Houston has a sort of wild, galloping, over grown thing going on, but it totally works for the city.
We aren't holier-than-thou, like Dallas, waiting for people to look past their history as the place-a-president-was-killed "City of Hate," and see that there's a couple of decent restaurants and a few good stores. We aren't all slutty like Austin, laying it all out there on a platter and hoping you'll be tricked by all the cleavage. No, there are lots of amazing things to see, do and enjoy in Houston, but whether you're hitting up the Menil, checking out Discovery Green or walking (safely in the daytime) along Buffalo Bayou, there's plenty of awesome stuff to enjoy from certain angles.