Our Top 10 Favorite Houston News Stories of 2013
It's been a busy year in Houston. It always seems to be a busy year in the nation's fourth largest city. In particular, 2013 saw some significant developments in Houston's landmarks. From light rail to stadiums to iconic stores, real estate was in the news. Of course, there was also an election and some love for the city from around the country.
Photo by Abrahan Garza Say goodbye to the downtown Macy's.
It was a good year and a complicated year, but isn't it always?
10. Ho-hum city elections.
It's hard to call any election where the incumbent mayor is a shoe-in for re-election and few hotly contested city council races exist. Still, there were some key bond issues and one very special referendum (see later in this list) that needed deciding in November. There were few surprises, except perhaps that referendum...more on that in a moment.
9. More love for Houston.
In 2012, Forbes called Houston the coolest city in America. If that weren't enough, we got named one of the happiest cities in the country and one of the best for college graduates. Probably the most impressive was when the New York Times Magazine put us on their list of places to visit in 2013. Not too shabby.
8. A very quiet hurricane season.
With all the dire predictions, the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season turned out to be a dud of epic proportions. Not only were there no major hurricanes (the first such season since 1994) and only two storms that made it to hurricane strength (neither of which threatened the U.S. coastline), but the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (the rating that determines the combined strength of all the storms in a single year) was the lowest it has been in almost 20 years.
7. NBA fans nearly riot at the Galleria during All-Star weekend.
The NBA's All-Star weekend, for the most part, was a huge success for the city. But, one spot that didn't fare so well was the Galleria. During the weekend, massive crowds swarmed the upscale shopping mall -- most of whom were certainly looking for celebrity sightings -- causing many shops to close early and legitimate fears over potential fights, riots and the need for police intervention were realized. Fortunately, there was no serious mayhem, but it was a pretty scary scene.
6. District Attorney Mike Anderson dies after taking office.
In January, Mike Anderson took over as Harris County District Attorney amid widespread support. In May, he announced he had cancer and passed away in August. Anderson was well liked by many in the legal community and his illness and death were a surprise to nearly everyone in his office and throughout the court system. He was survived by his wife and two children.