The 7 Minor Annoyances That Drive Houstonians Crazy

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Good luck giving directions.
4. Streets that change names.

You think your city has confusing street names? We have one stretch of road here that goes through five name changes with zero warning. I actually wrote about 20 of the worst of them earlier this year. Yes, 20. It is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to navigate around the city -- that and the lack of any semblance of a grid. To borrow and modify a quote from Ghostbusters, the designer of Houston's streets was "either a certified genius or an authentic wacko." Considering we are a car-obsessed citizenry with the largest physical size of any city in America, I'm going with masochist.


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35 comments
Becky Ardell Downs
Becky Ardell Downs

oh that picture on Number one-- and just when I was going to bed. : P

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Yeah, it's called "kill urself." Problem solved.

Shakeh Minaskanian
Shakeh Minaskanian

Every city/state has it's own issues,if you know the solution to this,please let us know

Heidi Hagen
Heidi Hagen

Way to be positive Houston press. You write up a list like this at least once a month.. Kind of getting old

Nicki Stacy
Nicki Stacy

I had one of those giant water bugs in our house. He scale the front of our brick fireplace, got up high, took a look around and dive bombed me. I just about had a stroke.

Brandi Brown
Brandi Brown

I agree 100% with #7. I love this city but I'll trade the giant flying cockroaches for any other insect around.

Jason Moseley
Jason Moseley

The only thing that annoys me about Houston, is the Northwest and Southwest sides of town. If we could just bulldoze those areas and start over, that would be great.

Zapcam
Zapcam

....and the #8 minor annoyance, fast becoming a major one: Pointless Snarky Houston Press articles. "Look Everybody! We're annoyed with everything! That makes us edgy and cool!!" If you really give a shit, write an article about some ways to improve the city. But I guess that would require serious critical thinking skills instead of just whining. Never mind.

Kelley Dellafave
Kelley Dellafave

I think y'all put out these lists just to provoke the assholes. Way to support our city.

Kelley Dellafave
Kelley Dellafave

Shows how much you now about "architecture" We are all thankful you're relocating. Please take the rest of the dickheads with you

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Parking is ample in Houston.  It's not really a problem.


And Number One should be mosquitoes.

Steven Remmers
Steven Remmers

Alot more problems than these petty little ones listed..how many of you are Yankees?...and the whiner relocating..hasta la bye bye...Ever lived in bangkok, Baghdad, or Philippine's. moved back here 2 years ago after 17 years... diversity here you cant get anywhere else in the world...gotta love it!!..or leave it!!

Jesse Santillano
Jesse Santillano

Amanda, you are right, there are worse things. The heat & humidity don't bother me and the traffic? Well, just turn up your favorite CD, sing out loud and go with the flow or lack of it. It is what it is.

Amanda Stafford
Amanda Stafford

Of course I do. I live and work here. I have never had a roach fly at my head. Ever.

Danielle Stephens
Danielle Stephens

Do you not go out in public? I've been outside and they are flying at my head!

Amanda Stafford
Amanda Stafford

Have your house sprayed a couple times a year. I do. I don't have roaches .

Jesse Gunnels
Jesse Gunnels

I was born and raised here too, and you are crazy if nasty cockroaches don't bother you! That's the only thing that gets to me. Nastiest things on Earth. That's what happens to pedophiles and rapists when they die, they turn into roaches...

Jesse Gunnels
Jesse Gunnels

The only thing that really bothers me is everyone's lack of understanding where their TURN SIGNAL is located and how to properly use it. 95% of all road rage incidences can probably be avoided by using that little magic stick on your steering column. If you don't use one EVERY TIME, you're a total idiot and should be smashed into by a train.

Marco Dane
Marco Dane

It's all unfortunately true, but we know there are way more than 7. Houston has and will never be known as a "great" city. It's disappointing when you've lived in many other better US cities. The only thing Houston has going on right now is jobs. But it's a filthy, ugly, flat, boring city with no real soul or charm. I've never seen such hideous looking "architecture" or people. It's just unattractive overall. All of the new, cheap, stucco, flash-built town-homes will not make this messy sprawl any better. Potholes and f*cked up sidewalks. 2 years is enough, thankfully relocation next month. I should have listened to those who told me not to come here in the first place. Oh well, lesson learned. Onward!

Carrie
Carrie

AUGH THAT LAST PHOTO. WHYYYYY.

EnosCabell
EnosCabell

8. The Houston Press breaking up a 70-word article into 7 click-through pages on a slow-loading website.

Tish Squish
Tish Squish

Oh sweet baby Jesus, the roaches. \U0001f631

Ronny Brehm
Ronny Brehm

I have to agree with Cory Cousins on the parking - after living in Houston for 10 years and now in LA for 2 - you guys have no idea how good you have it....

Cory Cousins
Cory Cousins

Parking here is abundant and largely free. Try to park in a major city in the northeast...best of luck to you.

Richard Cerda
Richard Cerda

Its annoying when a list of seven things makes you click on 7 different pages. Click bait trash, nothing more.

Amanda Stafford
Amanda Stafford

People who complain about these things annoy me. I've lived here all my life. If you don't like it, then move on.There are worst places to live. Just shut up already .

h_e_x
h_e_x

Talk about tempting fate, and by fate I mean a 6 inch flying roach.

h_e_x
h_e_x

Yeah, I was going to make a comment about the tow trucks and parking, but it is far worse up north than it is down here.

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