"Houston Tops Our List Of America's Coolest Cities"

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    Aug 02, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/07/26/houston-tops-our-list-of-americas-coolest-cities-to-live/

    Houston is known for many things: Oil, NASA, urban sprawl and business-friendly policies. But the Texas city deserves to be known for something else: coolness.

    The Bayou City may not be the first place you associate with being hip or trendy. But Houston has something many other major cities don’t: jobs. With the local economy humming through the recession, Houston enjoyed 2.6% job growth last year and nearly 50,000 Americans flocked there in response — particularly young professionals. In fact, the median age of a Houston resident is a youthful 33.

    The result? Over the past decade, the dreary corporate cityscape has been quietly transforming. Stylish housing developments have popped up downtown, restaurants have taken up residence in former factories and art galleries like the Station Museum have been inhabiting warehouses.

    Combine that with a strong theater scene, world-class museums and a multicultural, zoning-free mashup of a streetscape and you have the recipe for the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of America’s Coolest Cities To Live.

    Behind the Numbers

    “Cool” is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as “very good; fashionable.” Of course what, exactly, is good and fashionable is very much in the eye of the beholder. We sought to quantify it in terms of cities, ranking the 65 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (areas that include cities and their surrounding suburbs that are defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on seven data points weighted evenly.

    Sperling’s Best Places helped us calculate the number of entertainment options per capita in each metro area. We also ranked the cities based on other recreational opportunities, including the amount of green space, the cost and number of outdoor activities like golfing and skiing available, and the number of pro and college sports teams.

    List: America’s Coolest Cities To Live
    With the help of Sperling’s we tallied restaurants and bars per capita, weeding out chain establishments – Applebee’s has less sizzle than a local chef’s bistro.

    We also looked at each city’s cultural composition using Sperling’s Diversity Index. It measures the likelihood of meeting another person of a different race or ethnicity. Increased diversity tends to lead to a larger assortment of interesting shops, restaurants and events.

    Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we factored in median age, favoring places with a large young adult population.

    We ranked the cities based on net migration (the number of people who relocated there in 2011) and also on unemployment rates, since a city’s offerings are only as good as the amount of people who want and can to afford to enjoy them. (No one likes to hang out in an empty bar, right?) We culled this data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Moody’s Analytics.
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    Aug 02, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    Obscure saidYou dont even live in Houston.


    Nope I live in Toronto (ish, and mostly) - Houston is on my to visit list though. Never been - but I imagine it is of interest to others.
  • txman8439

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    Aug 07, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    I live in Houston and the forbes article is accurate. The city is going through a lot of growth and good changes, more residential neighborhoods downtown, still affordable housing.

    The economy here is stronger than most of the US right now, and a lot of people are moving here. More culturally diverse and open that you'd expect from TX. Anything you want to know just ask.icon_smile.gif

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    Aug 07, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    "Houston" and "cool" used in the same sentence??? icon_lol.gif Holy crap....I wonder how much the city of Houston had to pay for this article. To be America's 4th largest city, it has about as much culture as a cup of yogurt. I mean, I really hate to talk shit about Houston because the people there are incredibly nice but I think it has to be one of the most boring cities I've ever been to considering it's size. New construction is constant there and never is a tree left standing. Nothing but concrete and asphalt. You have to drive everywhere and everything is so spread out you spend half your life on the interstate. And the traffic in Houston is MUCH worse than L.A.!
  • Daniepwils

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    Aug 20, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said"Houston" and "cool" used in the same sentence??? icon_lol.gif Holy crap....I wonder how much the city of Houston had to pay for this article. To be America's 4th largest city, it has about as much culture as a cup of yogurt. I mean, I really hate to talk shit about Houston because the people there are incredibly nice but I think it has to be one of the most boring cities I've ever been to considering it's size. New construction is constant there and never is a tree left standing. Nothing but concrete and asphalt. You have to drive everywhere and everything is so spread out you spend half your life on the interstate. And the traffic in Houston is MUCH worse than L.A.!


    I agree with everything but the concrete and asphalt comment...If you look out of a building in downtown outside of the downtown area, all you will see are trees, trees and more trees...

    But Houston is going to be very boring to a tourist unless you know someone who lives here. It is very hard to find things to do unless you are a local. Yes there is great food (not the chain crap either, real family owned restaurants from families all around the world) the people are wonderful here as well.
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    Aug 20, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    Sounds like they're just trying to get more people to move there, and maybe promote more tourism.
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    Aug 20, 2012 11:42 PM GMT
    Is not the current mayor a lesbian?
  • Bigolbear

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    Aug 21, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said"Houston" and "cool" used in the same sentence??? icon_lol.gif Holy crap....I wonder how much the city of Houston had to pay for this article. To be America's 4th largest city, it has about as much culture as a cup of yogurt. I mean, I really hate to talk shit about Houston because the people there are incredibly nice but I think it has to be one of the most boring cities I've ever been to considering it's size. New construction is constant there and never is a tree left standing. Nothing but concrete and asphalt. You have to drive everywhere and everything is so spread out you spend half your life on the interstate. And the traffic in Houston is MUCH worse than L.A.!


    It doesn't sound like you know our city very well.

    "As much culture as a cup of yogurt?" http://houston.culturemap.com/


    "I really hate to talk shit about Houston because the people there are incredibly nice" We have our moments.

    New construction is constant there and never is a tree left standing.

    houston-commercial-office-space.10840559

    You have to drive everywhere and everything is so spread out you spend half your life on the interstate. http://www.ridemetro.org/

    And the traffic in Houston is MUCH worse than L.A
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/cities-with-the-worst-traffic-2012-photos_n_1543437.html



  • Bigolbear

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    Aug 21, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidIs not the current mayor a lesbian?


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