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About Houston…See What Makes Houston So Attractive!

Posted: April 6, 2016 at 10:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Houston as viewed from outer space. Source: By User eflon on Flickr (Flickr; description page is (was) here) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Houston as viewed from outer space. Source:

Describing Houston in a few words is not easy!

There are many superlatives which can be used when addressing the subject of Houston.

When astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon it was the first word he uttered.  “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.”

Houston is nicknamed the Space City and for good reason.

Many of our astronauts have had much of their training here at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

The Astrodome was the first domed sports stadium in the entire world!

The Astrodome aerial view Source By Carol M. Highsmith (Library of Congress) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Astrodome aerial view Source

It is an iconic feature of the Houston landscape and at one time was called the “8th wonder of the world”.

While larger stadiums have been built it will always have the designation of being the first! Houston is currently the only city with 2 domed stadiums.

The Texas Medical Center is the largest in the entire world!

My very first job as an operating room nurse was at Methodist Hospital where Dr. Michael E. Debakey the renowned heart surgeon worked.

It was a thrill and privilege to watch him perform heart transplant surgery from a viewing room above the O.R. back in 1969.

Downtown Houston at night - Source: By User eflon on Flickr (Flickr; description page is (was) here) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Downtown Houston at night – Source

That was the first year heart transplants had been successfully done.

He had pioneered many of the inventions leading up to that groundbreaking event.  Dr. Debakey continued contributing to medical knowledge all the years of his long life.

Our Port of Houston is first in the amount of international tonnage moved through here.  Its economic impact for the City of Houston and this entire region is tremendous.

The Port of Houston Authority offers free boat tours from Wednesday through Sunday.

Aerial view of a small section of the Houston Ship Channel on Buffalo Bayou, which leads upstream directly into the city of Houston, Texas, USA. The downtown section of Houston can be seen at upper right. The city of Galena Park, Texas is at center right in this photograph. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges and maintains the channel for deepwater shipping. View is to the west. Source: By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, photographer not specified or unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Aerial view of a small section of the Houston Ship Channel on Buffalo Bayou, which leads upstream directly into the city of Houston, Texas, USA. The downtown section of Houston can be seen at upper right. The city of Galena Park, Texas is at center right in this photograph. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges and maintains the channel for deepwater shipping. View is to the west. Source

It is amazing to see all of the gigantic international ships moving through here.  The narrated 90 minute tour is well worth one’s time!

Houston is known to many as the Energy Capitol of the World.  The maze of petrochemical industries located near the Port of Houston is incredulous to view.

The Energy Corridor consists of 300+ companies situated in west Houston along Interstate 10.  The oil and gas plus related businesses employ a huge number of people in Houston and impact the entire world.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest in the entire world.  It is a major annual attraction which is not only a boon economically but their focus on giving scholarships to deserving students has impacted countless lives.  Over 16,000 of them have been granted to date.

Our Theater District is world class!  One need travel no further than Houston to find stellar entertainment.

The Hobby Center hosts Broadway shows as well as smaller performing arts groups in Houston. Source By Ed Schipul (Flickr: The Hobby Center) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Hobby Center hosts Broadway shows as well as smaller performing arts groups in Houston. Source

Wortham Center in downtown Houston hosts the Houston Opera & Houston Ballet companies as well as providing space for smaller events as well. Source: By rkimpeljr (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Wortham Center in downtown Houston hosts the Houston Opera & Houston Ballet companies as well as providing space for smaller events as well. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have 4 large venues downtown and smaller ones sprinkled throughout our large metropolitan area.

Houston has a professional opera company, symphony, ballet and live theater.  We also have performing arts ranging from Broadway hits to chamber music to jazz as just a few examples.

Few cities outside of New York have the variety of venues that this city has to offer its citizens or visitors in the United States.

Sports enthusiasts will find professional football, baseball, basketball, soccer for both men’s & women’s teams, and a women’s softball team all calling Houston home.

Minute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros baseball team. This site is also used for such things as commencement exercises, rugby, soccer, music concerts, etc. Source: By Elsapo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Minute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros baseball team. This site is also used for such things as commencement exercises, rugby, soccer, music concerts, etc. Source

Houston Toyota Center hosts the Houston Rockets basketball games, ice hockey & concerts. Source: Atownballer at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Houston Toyota Center hosts the Houston Rockets basketball games, ice hockey & concerts. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition there are collegiate sports and many types of minor leagues and clubs.  Annual sporting events give Houstonians even more reasons to celebrate fun and games in our home town.

Art galleries, museums and venues of all types exist in Houston and our metro area.

The Menil Collection is a fantastic art gallery free to the public containing world class art collections. Source: Argos'Dad at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Menil Collection is a fantastic art gallery free to the public containing world class art collections. Source

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Caroline Weiss Law building. Source: By WhisperToMe (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Caroline Weiss Law building. Source

David Addicks sculpture says it all!

David Addicks sculpture says it all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the serious to the bizarre one will have fun discovering them and exploring the different locales.

We have many public art displays and anyone loving the arts should enjoy our fine city.

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts has the 2nd largest endowment fund of any cultural institution in the country!

Our bayou city sprawls out in many directions and the metro area consists of nine counties.

“Greater Houston” is the 5th largest metro area in the U.S. but one of the fastest growing ones. Housing prices are lower than many other cities and job opportunities continue to flourish in most areas.

Buffalo Bayou at Sesquicentennial Park. Source: By Brian Reading (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Buffalo Bayou at Sesquicentennial Park. Source

Houston has a multi-cultural populace with restaurants to match a wide variety of tastes. One could literally choose a different restaurant in which to dine every day and it would take over 30 years to experience them all.

This gives a small glimpse into what Houston has to offer.  There is so much more!

Houston Cityscape showing Downtown and Uptown Source: By finna dat (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Houston Cityscape showing Downtown and Uptown Source

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