Annual rainfall is insufficient and unpredictable for the most part.
Texans are among the most backward and undereducated people.
Most of the physical infrastructure is very poorly planned and sloppily built.
Here, in Collin County, we are very car dependent.
The apartment owners know we sometimes get hail but I do not think there is sufficient covered parking.
People are rent and car poor here. The local PBS radio station this past summer had many reports about how credit scores in Texas are among the lowest in the country and Texas has a high percentage of people with less than $1,000 in their retirement account. How can people save when an okay 1BR apartment is $1,000/mo. and you have to buy a $19,000 car (with car insurance and change of tires every 30K? miles) every 10 years?
In Plano, there is a place called Shops at Legacy. There's an Angelika cinema there. There isn't enough parking. Let's say you've worked for two weeks and would like to go someplace nice like the Shops at Legacy and the restaurants there. Parking is a problem and you can't just call a cab and skip the parking problem because everything is sort of spread out, suburban-style. There are no buses here to get you there. About a mile away is Stonebriar Mall. Malls are teenager entertainment not entertainment for 30-70 year olds. Sure, you can do a birthday party at a mall restaurant but not a get away from it, have a good weekend outing.
Well, why not just go to early Plano city neighborhood where streets are smaller and you can walk around? That's all the way on the southeast side of Plano. It's about a two block strip. There are no buses there but the lite rail stops there. The early McKinney city neighborhood is nicer than than the early Plano city neighborhood. The early McKinney city neighborhood has a square and is good for about six corners (four around the square and a couple of side streets). If you're in northwest Plano, you don't really want to go east and north to McKinney.
You cannot do too much of sitting back and letting someone else do the driving without buses and cabs.