It's official. For those of you who aren't already here, you might as well move to Texas. MSNBC ranks the Top 10 Best Places To Live in the U.S. last week, and three Texas cities landed on the list: No. 8 Austin, No. 7 San Antonio, and No. 4 Houston.
Hey, it's good to get a little positive press, and the economy on this end does seem to be doing a little better than in other cities. The article says about Houston
“Back with a roar after the oil bust of the 1980s, Houston has reclaimed its title as energy capital of the U.S. and added aerospace, technology and medical companies to the mix, generating more than 100,000 jobs in 2007,” gushes Kiplinger, which puts Houston, Texas, as its No. 1 best place (it was Forbes’ No. 40 this year and was Money’s No. 3 in 2007).
However, one of the things I like best about this city is the skyscraper architecture, and I thought I'd post a few pictures I've taken from around town.
The picture displayed in the banner of this blog was taken from the roof of the Hotel Magnolia in downtown Houston, and the skyline view at the top of this post was taken from a park in the Heights area.
The photo on the top left is of the old and new Harris County Courthouses, with the county offices (and jail) between them.
The shot on the top right was taken during this years International Festival and shows Heritage Plaza on the right corner.
Finally, on the bottom left is probably Houston's most distinctive skyscraper, the Bank of America Center.
On the bottom right is Minute Maid Park with the roof closed, where I watched the Astros get destroyed by the Yankees 8-4 yesterday.
This of course doesn't begin to cover all of the skyscraper architecture in this city. In fact, it only covers the downtown area. There are at least 5 other major business district concentrations in the city and others in the suburbs. I'll leave those pictures for another post, or you can go here, or here, for more information and pictures.
So y'all come on down. There's plenty to do and see, and maybe next time, we'll include a few of those things.
And to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, just drop the check in the mail.