Monday, June 3, 2013
Business Insider says Houston is “best city in America”
Let's talk about this.
Dallas, we have a problem.
Our muggy neighbor to the south was named The Best City in America in a story on Business Insider. Let's look at some of the 17 reasons they believe Houston is the best city in the U.S.:
Job creation. OK, they got us on that one. In a study of jobs recovered since the economic downturn, the Business Insider says Houston "has now added more than two jobs for every one it lost after the crash." Dallas was the No. 2 metro area to recover jobs, but Houston is first. By a lot. Verdict: Houston wins.
It's the heart of the oil'n' gas industry. Hence, the jobs. Verdict: Houston.
It's an inexpensive place to live. True. Dallas is inexpensive too, named No. 4 in a list that measured cities' average yearly wages as adjusted by cost of living. Houston sits at No. 1. But note: Just because your paycheck goes far in Houston doesn't mean it's desirable to live there. Verdict: Dallas wins. Cheap don't buy happy.
Beyonce is from Houston. It's a little questionable that Queen Bey's birth in Houston is important enough to list -- especially since she spends most of her time now in New York City -- but Houston is also a hub for hip-hop. Since we're keeping score on the musical front, Dallas is the birthplace of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Norah Jones, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, and Dorrough. Maybe I should have left Simpson off the list? Verdict: Dallas. Don't tell Beyonce.
Parks. News to us: Houston has more than 50,000 acres of green space. That's great. Houston is also an incredibly sprawling city, to a fault. Ever tried to drive to the 'burbs during rush hour, thinking whatever suburb "can't be that far" from the city center? Road rage. Verdict: Dallas. We have a park on top of a highway!
Great food. The article refers to a New York Times story about how restaurants Oxheart and Underbelly are making Houston "one of the country’s most exciting places to eat." Now that's hard to swallow, though they did get sushi place Uchi before us. (Ours is coming, if you can be patient.) Verdict: Oh god. Houston.
NASA is based there. What do we have in North Texas? J.C. Penney, American Airlines, and AT&T. Those can't really compete with the moon. Verdict: Houston.
Oh, no. Did Houston just win?