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Old April 20th, 2010, 02:50 AM   #1
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HOUSTON: Texas goes international

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Houston (pronounced /ˈhjuːstən/) is the fourth-largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas. As of the 2009 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a population of 2.2 million within an area of 600 square miles (1,600 km2). Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area—the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. with a population of 5.9 million.
Houston was founded on August 30, 1836, by brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The city was incorporated on June 5, 1837, and named after then-President of the Republic of Texas—former General Sam Houston—who had commanded at the Battle of San Jacinto, which took place 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city's population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.
Rated as a beta world city, Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in the energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, and health care sectors and is a leading center for building oilfield equipment; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters in the city limits. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits—attracting more than 7 million visitors a year to the Houston Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and is one of few U.S. cities that offer year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
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Old April 20th, 2010, 03:29 AM   #2
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RANDOM PHOTOS OF HOUSTON

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Old April 20th, 2010, 03:34 AM   #3
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Great city! Loved all the photos! Thanks
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Old April 20th, 2010, 03:56 AM   #4
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Love Houston, there’s always something interesting going on!
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Old April 20th, 2010, 05:45 PM   #5
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Great photos from a great city well done
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 12:06 AM   #6
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DOWNTOWN


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Downtown Houston is the largest business district of Houston, Texas, United States.
Downtown Houston contains the headquarters of many prominent companies. There is an extensive network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks connecting the buildings of the district. The tunnel system is home to many fast food restaurants, shops and services.
Most of the residential units in downtown are conversions of older buildings into modern loft spaces. The lofts are located around the performance halls of the theatre district and near Main Street in the Historic District. Downtown will be adding another 346 apartment units in the 2000s and 2010s with the development of Marvey Finger's One Park Place.
Developers have invested more than 4 billion USD in the last decade to transform downtown into an active city center with residential housing, a nightlife scene and new transportation. The Cotswold Project, a $62 million project started in 1998, has helped to rebuild the streets and transform 90 downtown blocks into a pedestrian-friendly environment by adding greenery, trees and public art. The resurgence of downtown is the result of careful urban planning and local foresight. The baseball, basketball, and hockey teams have moved into downtown facilities. January 1, 2004 marked the opening of the "new" Main Street, a plaza with many eateries, bars and nightclubs, which brings many visitors to a newly renovated locale.
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 12:54 AM   #7
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 02:29 AM   #8
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Great pics! Houston looks awesome as always!
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 04:42 AM   #9
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what? why havent i ever heard of this city? is it near the alamo? panhandle? looks kinda big
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Old April 24th, 2010, 03:19 AM   #10
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UPTOWN

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The Uptown District of Houston is located 6.2 miles (10 km) west of downtown and is centered along Post Oak Boulevard, Westheimer Road (Farm to Market Road 1093), and the Galleria. In its role as a satellite central business district and a center for premier shopping centers and hotels.
The Uptown District is roughly bounded by Woodway Drive to the north, the I-610 (West Loop) to the east, U.S. Highway 59 to the south, and Yorktown Street to the west.
At 23.6 million square feet (2,193,000 m²) of office space, the Uptown District is the 17th-largest business district in the United States, comparable in size to the downtowns of Denver, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles. The district is home to approximately 2000 companies and represents more than 11 percent of Houston's total office space.
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Great new updates! Would actually like to see more of the suburbs.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 12:40 PM   #12
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Great photos!!! Love this city
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 01:10 PM   #13
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what? why havent i ever heard of this city? is it near the alamo? panhandle? looks kinda big

Does that mean you haven't heard of NASA either?
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 01:37 PM   #14
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RANDOM PHOTOS OF HOUSTON

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An amazing set of images.
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Montrose is a residential neighborhood located in the Neartown area of Houston (Texas, USA). Established in 1911, the neighborhood is considered one of the demographically diverse areas of Houston with renovated mansions, bungalows with wide porches, and cottages located along tree-lined boulevards. Montrose is one of the more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in Houston, and the area has a strong identity built up over its long history.
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Impressive skyline!
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Montrose looks like a really nice and interesting residential neighbourhood. Good to see such areas of the city.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 04:09 AM   #19
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So underrated. A city with a GDP of $450 billion, more than most countries. Soon to have 2.5 million with a 6 million metro. Houston is BIG. Towers, business, energy. It's so big it generates its own weather!
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