Thursday, September 09, 2010

Houston Is Our Town

A few basic facts about Houston from this week's Gish Picks:

"Our city is 579 square miles, is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and has a population of approximately 5 million people. We were founded on August 30, 1836 by brothers Augustus Chapman and John Kirby Allen who were developers from NYC; they’re the reason we have Allen Parkway. There are over 90 languages spoken here every day, we are one of the largest refugee resettlement cities in the U.S. and we are home to all of the world’s major religions and sub-religions. We are one of the few cities with year-round programming by major performing arts organizations including the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, and Alley Theatre."

We're BIG and still not a major tourist destination. I also read in a random email today that most Houston visitors are Houstonians or if visitors are from out of town, they've come to visit family. Can't seem to get on folk's radar.

Sarah Gish will begin monthly Houston tours soon, in addition to all the other good stuff she does. Perhaps, I should give quarterly Houston East End tours? The thought has occurred to me. Enough of this. It's 3:30 p.m. and I am still in bed with laptop, going through emails and setting my meetings for next week.

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