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Old 04-19-2012, 02:38 PM
Location: Houston
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OK, so I have compiled a short list of reasons why Houston is better than Dallas keeping it as close to a city-to-city comparison as possible using facts and excluding opinions. Some reasons may seem opinion based, but used only with information coming from popular polls. Hopefully it is OK to glorify Houston in the Houston room!! Enjoy and GO HOUSTON!!

1. Bigger than Dallas since 1930
2. More diversely accepting
3. 9X more consular offices
4. Newer appearance
5. Better organized/lay out
6. More efficient freeways
7. Easier to get around
8. Centrally located sports facilities
9. Taller skyline
10. Downtown is easier to access
11. Close to the ocean
12. Large seaport
13. More airport gate capacity
14. Nicer/laid back people
15. More culturally diverse
16. We were here first
17. We are the reason Texas is here
18. Boardwalk
19. Warmer winters
20. Broad spread out commercial areas
21. Tallest freestanding building in the USA
22. 3 of the 4 tallest buildings in Texas
23. San Jacinto Monument (tallest in the world)
24. USS Texas
25. Bike/Walk friendlier
26. Inner city development in all directions
27. Texas Medical Center
28. More accessible football stadium
29. Better district local controls
30. 2nd in nation for most Fortune 500 companies HQ’s
31. Barnaby’s
32. Lower cost of living
33. More arts/museums
34. More conservative
35. #1 city for home buying in USA
37. Diverse landscapes on every side of the city
38. More comfortable feel
39. Higher population growth rate
40. Energy capital of the world
41. Outdoor friendlier
42. Southern hospitality at its best
43. Interstate 69
44. Big East Sports
45. Easier accessible Int’l airport
46. Lower unemployment rate
47. More recoverable economy
48. World class shopping
49. Multiple business centers
50. More visited zoo
51. Double the species count at the zoo
52. Over 3X more animals at the zoo
53. Future central park
54. NASA
55. Downtown tunnel system is 4 miles longer
56. Larger Galleria
57. Largest chocolate store in Texas
58. Houston Heights historical area
59. Baseball stadium is in a more favorable location
60. Baseball stadium has a retractable roof
61. Tallest 5-sided building in the world
62. Discovery Green downtown park
63. No mystery behind our name!
64. Art Car Parade
65. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
66. 3rd tallest skyline in USA
67. We have 10 “High 5” interchanges
68. HOV barricaded lanes
69. Toyota Center is centrally located
70. Widest freeway in Texas
71. Better theatre
72. First domed stadium in the world
73. Lower violent crime rate
74. Trail Riders
75. Water Wall
76. Safer than Dallas
77. JFK wasn’t assassinated here
78. NO zoning
79. NO height restrictions
80. Denser fire protection
81. Better police protection
82. Better medical care
83. Not in tornado alley
84. Cooler summers
85. Cook off
86. Less fatalities on our light rail system
87. Double the amount of sister cities
88. Economic leader in the Texaplex
89. Soon to be 3rd largest city in USA
90. More zip codes
91. Much higher median household income
92. Lower real estate prices
93. Lower per capita rate of sex offenders
94. Significant lower building costs
95. Less ozone levels
96. Lower poverty rate
97. Less inmates per capita
98. More than double the hotel count
99. Less dependent on electricity
100. More airline choices
101. Nearby cruise lines
102. A380 service
103. Better CBD commercial real estate development
104. Won’t get shot to death on our light rail
105. NO commuter rail!
106. 3X more building construction
107. More sports facilities
108. Lower obesity rate
109. Lower property tax
110. More airlines service Houston
111. Higher rate of home ownership
112. Newer centralized soccer stadium
113. More Apple stores
114. Bigger/more park areas
115. Space Center Houston
116. Job growth leader in USA
117. Larger pleasure boat basin
118. Less traffic congestion and improving
119. Better quality roads/highways
120. Less freeways/higher lane count
121. Walmart isn’t our biggest private sector employer
122. Longest concrete box girder bridge in USA
123. Longest cable stayed bridge in Texas
124. Texas’ only underwater tunnel
125. Better city for single people
126. More nightlife areas
127. Not pretentious/stuck up
128. Dallas people do not like Houston
129. More popular literature destination domestic and international
130. Better restaurant choices
131. More industry
132. Moist air is better for the skin
133. Our bridges go somewhere (i.e.; Dallas’ bridge to nowhere)
134. Almost double the golf courses
135. Downtown is easier to navigate
136. Sam Houston historical preservation park
137. More cosmopolitan
138. International Festival
139. Most air-conditioned city in USA
140. Don’t have to get dressed/dolled up to have a beer
141. Different areas have different attitudes to fit anyone’s liking
142. USA leader in energy production
143. Houston: It’s Not Dallas
144. Frontage roads on 80%+ freeways
145. Hobby Airport to become an international airport
146. Bunnies On The Bayou
147. First word spoken in space was ‘Houston’
148. More convention space
149. Much less suburban sprawl
150. Largest municipal purchaser of green energy
151. Tailgating is legal for ALL major sports events
152. Cleaner city water
153. Largest CBD
154. Higher ridership of local transit authority
155. More international commerce
156. More Park-And-Ride’s
157. Cheaper mass-transit
158. More HOV and HOT lanes
159. Art festival has been around longer
160. 1940 Air Terminal Museum
161. Airport system #1 in USA
162. Better/more flavorful food
163. Bigger fire museum
164. Fire museum is listed on NRHP
165. First 2-story and only FULL 2-story McDonald’s in Texas
166. 7th largest mall in the world, largest in Texas
167. The Orange Show
168. More than double the NRHP listings
169. Texans beat the Cowboys their very first franchise game
170. Proposed Southwest Airlines international hub
171. #1 fastest growing millionaires
172. #1 city for IT job growth
173. #1 city for manufacturing
174. Fastest growing wages in USA
175. Best city in USA to start a new career
176. Largest employment gain in USA
177. #1 most business friendly city in USA
178. More charity conscience
179. 2nd largest metro population gain in USA 2010 census
180. Best children’s museum in the nation
181. #1 destination for college grads in USA
182. Highest level of entrepreneurial activity in the nation
183. #1 in export revenue in Texas
184. More retirement friendly
185. More masters degreed residents
186. #1 importing port in USA
187. #1 export tonnage port in USA for 13+ years in a row
188. World’s longest metropolitan beltway (TX-99)
189. Only city in the world with 2 complete circumferential expressway loops
190. World leader in cancer treatment and research
191. First freeway in Texas
192. First air-conditioned mall in the world
193. Zoning defeated 3 times in Houston
194. NO red light cameras in HCL’s
195. Have held 2 of the tallest buildings west of the Mississippi River
196. Westheimer Street Festival
197. Culture king of Texas
198. Dallas is “fatter” than Houston
199. Even Kiss thinks Houston is better than Dallas
200. Houston Dynamo billboard: “Houston, two times better than Dallas”
201. Strong-mayoral government
202. Residents able to vote all municipal elections in a nonpartisan way
203. Denser population
204. More higher educational institutions
205. No TV shows that degrade our image
206. Economy is non-dependent on neighboring cities
207. 62 of the world’s top 100 NON-US based companies have offices in Houston
208. Almost 3 million more people visit Houston
209. Less highways
210. Don’t share our major airports with another major city
211. First to get international commercial air service
212. High fuel prices FUEL our economy
213. Wealthiest area of Texas
214. Houston makes up 30% of the entire Texas economy
215. Higher GDP
216. MSA area is much smaller
217. Less than half the amount of suburbs
218. Dallas attempted to switch to a Houston-like government 2009
219. Almost double the yearly budget
220. Bigger auto show
221. Houston Greek Festival
222. Lower murder rate
223. Wings Over Houston
224. First Tollway/Freeway in Texas
225. No charge for HOV patrons
226. More rainfall
227. Don’t share our baseball team with another city
228. Our transit system is spread evenly throughout the city
229. We are the fastest growing city in our metropolitan area
230. More light rail line miles/stations planned inside our city limits
231. 5 Allen Center
232. More languages spoken in Houston
233. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
234. Ideson Historic Library
235. The Beer Can House
236. Heritage Society Museum
237. Spring Festival Roundup
238. Larger Ballet
239. More award winning Opera
240. First ever satellite running event
241. More popular marathon
242. Better records on our marathon
243. City limits are not completely land-locked
244. The first public television station started in Houston
245. Largest museum in Texas
246. More than double the amount of home sales
247. Less rapes per capita
248. Less burglaries per capita
249. Less auto thefts per capita
250. Less arson per capita
251. Construction jobs account for less total jobs in Houston
252. More white-collared
253. No earthquake activity in Houston!
254. Less declared emergencies
255. 66X less amount of lead in our air
256. Less unmarried households
257. More family households
258. Less percentage of residents in nursing homes
259. Significantly less percentage of population in halfway homes
260. More residents with high school diplomas
261. More residents with doctorate degrees
262. Miller Outdoor Theatre
263. Slim-to-none chance of a F4 or higher tornado strike to Houston
264. Lower risk of natural disasters
265. #1 relocation destination
266. Reliant has a wider retractable roof
267. NO Kardashians!
268. No intra-metropolitan rivalry
269. More top-line/5-star restaurants
270. Only electromagnetic train in Texas
271. Oldest tunnel system in Texas
272. Outside food and drink is not restricted at our baseball stadium
273. Memorial Park is much larger than White Rock
274. Top real estate mover in Texas
275. Our aquarium is bigger
276. Our aquarium is less than half the price for admission!
277. More species at our aquarium
278. Far less building restrictions
279. More affordable
280. More carpooling than Dallas
281. More vanrides than Dallas
282. More trees and landscaping
283. Less Chromium-6 water contamination
284. Houston Arboretum is more than double the size
285. No landfills in close proximity to downtown
286. Less Wal-Mart’s per capita
287. Vanilla Ice isn’t from here
288. Less vain
289. Significantly lower lead levels in city water
290. No air crash deaths at both Houston airports
291. Hobby Airport #1 ranked customer service for smaller airports
292. Hobby Airport has far less restrictions than Love Field
293. Hobby handles a higher volume than Love Field
294. Vibrant mix of typical Texas/old south/Louisiana/coastal /Hispanic flavors
295. Heavily awarded highway designs
296. Less vehicle accidents than Dallas
297. More recognized sports team logos
298. Largest church in USA
299. Houston has more Facebook likes than Dallas
300. It’s Whitney Houston… not Whitney Dallas!
301. Heights Trail is longer than Katy Trail
302. Memorial Park jogging trail stays inside park at all times, White Rock, nope
303. 610 goes in a complete continuous loop… 635, nope
304. We have a PGA golf tour
305. Largest city park in Texas
306. Allen’s Landing
307. Houston Polo Club is 70 years older than Dallas’
308. Our polo club is actually inside the city
309. Orange Show Monument
310. Horse racing in the city
311. Deeper, more significant/relevant history
312. More malls
313. More high-end car dealerships
314. Less dependent on state highway funding
315. East End redevelopment
316. Don’t share our TV stations with another major city
317. Significantly less hail storms/damage
318. Less DUI’s per capita
319. More Whole Foods stores
320. Our uptown commercial area is substantially larger than Dallas’
321. Downtown Houston population is almost triple Dallas’s downtown
322. Houston has a full scale mall in downtown
323. Much lower commercial vacancy rate city-wide
324. Cheaper class-A commercial space
325. Houston pays transportation employees significantly higher
326. 5X more Fortune 100 company HQ’s, soon to be 6X
327. ExxonMobil HQ’s moving to Houston
328. Home to more foreign banks
329. 3X more fire fighters
330. More foreign government trades offices
331. Almost double the police force
332. More international goods/services traded
333. Cedar Creek
334. Largest municipal skate park in Texas
335. Nexen Petroleum ditched DFW to move to Houston
336. Direct Energy moving its global HQ’s to Houston
337. We have HEB’s
338. Most 2012 BOMA awards in the nation
339. Only city agency with 24hr pet ambulance and rescue service
340. Younger population
341. More than 11,000 restaurants
342. It’s not illegal to possess realistic dildos in Houston
343. Bonnie and Clyde aren’t from Houston!
344. More Restoration Hardware stores
345. International trade directly or indirectly supports over 33% of all business in Houston
346. Houstonians exercise more frequently than Dallasites
347. Houstonians eat more produce than Dallasites
348. More firms
349. More African-American owned businesses
350. Significantly more Hispanic owned businesses
351. More women owned businesses
352. 135% more manufacturers’ shipments
353. 890% more merchant wholesaler sales
354. 2.5X more retail sales
355. Higher retail sales per capita
356. Almost double the accommodation and food services sales
357. More than double Asian owned businesses
358. More foreign born residents
359. Don’t share our radio stations with another major city
360. More planned Del Taco’s
361. More historic city hall
362. None of our thru interstates bypass the CBD
363. Our toll loop actually makes a complete loop around the city
364. All major city airports fall under one airport authority
365. Larger indoor rock climbing gym
366. Can evacuate from hurricanes
367. Heisman Trophy’s name originates in Houston
368. Record low is warmer, record high is cooler
369. Houston is NOT #3 in gang violence in the USA
370. Less allergies year-round
371. BusinessWeek ranks Houston 7 places higher as a better place to live
372. Waffle House isn’t a featured place for Valentine’s Day in Houston
373. Better sanitized city
374. Less city regulations
375. Robust downtown revitalization
376. More bars
377. Better hospital ratings
378. Half the academically unacceptable public schools
379. Drastically lower percentage of public schools on TEA’s PEG list
380. No Wright Amendment
381. 2nd airport has almost double the destinations serviced
382. Southwest Airlines offers more flights out of HOU than DAL (their “hub”)
383. More airlines service our 2nd airport
384. IAH services more destinations than DFW
385. Less likely to be in a plane crash heading to or from Houston
386. More cargo airlines
387. Larger urban land area
388. Larger city controlled pet adoption center
389. More city sponsored “bike-to-work” days
390. We have a Welcome Home parade to honor our military troops!
391. Our bridges don’t cost a billion dollars
392. Our freeways don’t need to be covered up with multi-million dollar parks
393. Downtown streets are in a grid made easier for drivers to navigate
394. More state parks in the city
395. 610 stays in the city limits 3X more than 635
396. Doesn’t have a baseball team technically
397. Dr. Phil isn’t from here
398. TV shows that take place in “Houston” don’t degrade our city’s name
399. Texas’ new construction leader
400. Dallas is significantly more “gangsta” than any city in Texas
401. Houston has “super streets”
402. Most likely place in Texas for another supertall
403. Dallas has no supertalls
404. Reduced loitering in the CBD
405. Area wide emergency evacuation plan
406. More wildlife refuges than Dallas
407. Our midtown is bigger
408. Easier to annex surrounding unincorporated areas
409. Most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the entire USA
410. Higher domestic growth product
411. Much higher personal income
412. Less likely to have your cell phone stolen in Houston
413. More silent railroads
414. More people die in Dallas per capita than Houston
415. Dallas’ metro statistics depend solely on Tarrant County
416. Reba loves Houston
417. City-data.com polls show Texans prefer Houston over Dallas
418. First possible Texas spaceport
419. Our IKEA is actually in the city
420. According to city-data.com poll, Houston is 3X more important in Texaplex
421. More enrolled college students per capita
422. More degree granting institutions
423. Better drainage
424. Houston has a substantially lower divorce rate
425. Lower retail energy costs
426. Lower median age
427. Less expensive transportation
428. Higher future job growth
429. Higher recent job growth
430. Less agriculture based jobs
431. Higher property appreciation
432. Less house rentals
433. Lower median home age
434. Less property crime
435. Less expensive public schools
436. More graduate degree holders
437. Dallas residents is angrier than Houston residents
438. IAH, 7th best airport in USA… DFW didn’t make the cut
439. More Titanic artifacts in Houston
440. Strip House Steak House (only 6 in USA and 0 in Dallas)
441. More development in downtown Houston
442. More downtown parkland
443. Houston has more dominant control over its metro area
444. Less expensive medical costs
445. Higher owner-occupied housing
446. More population in owner-occupied housing per capita
447. More private schools
448. Largest ISD in Texas
449. More moist environment
450. More hospital beds per capita
451. More than 1 convention center
452. Houston has a city community college
453. Houston is in the top 25 tallest skylines in the world, Dallas isn’t
454. The Galleria skyline is almost as tall as downtown Dallas
455. More economic activity in the CBD
456. J.R. wasn’t shot in Houston
457. Houston population grows much faster
458. Houston Greeters
459. Our newspaper started and stayed in Houston
460. American Cowboy Museum
461. Buffalo Bayou Art Park
462. Broadway Across America Houston
463. Challenger 7 Memorial Park
464. More dog parks
465. Houston Chamber Choir
466. Larger public library system
467. Sam Houston Race Track
468. Sesquicentennial Park
469. Anheuser-Busch
470. Less square miles of water claimed as “city limits”
471. Largest industrial area of Texas
472. Daddy Bush didn’t stay in Dallas
473. Our football team actually plays in Houston
474. Our soccer team doesn’t play 20 miles away from the city
475. Our soccer team has an actual name
476. Tony Romo doesn’t play for Houston
477. Less dramatic weather changes
478. More hospitals
479. Travel + Leisure ranks Houston 10 spots above Dallas on “hip list”
480. Travel + Leisure ranks Dallas a loser against Houston
481. More independent boutiques
482. More antique stores
483. Significantly more home and design stores
484. Better live music scene
485. Better bar scene according to Travel + Leisure
486. More cleanliness
487. Better wireless coverage
488. Houston offers more “peace and quiet”
489. Better people-watching scene
490. More friendly
491. Better drivers according to Travel + Leisure
492. More tech-savvy residents
493. Houstonians are more proud of their city than Dallasites
494. More stylish according to Travel + Leisure
495. More pet friendly
496. Better day trip location
497. Better family vacation destination
498. More wild weekend destination
499. Any time of year is better to visit Houston than Dallas
500. Significantly more 5-star dining than Dallas
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:54 PM
Location: Southeast TX
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You were not playing man, you really made the list...lol. Nice facts.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:12 PM
Location: Houston
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why stop at 500
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:18 PM
Location: Houston
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I started at just 100 and kept adding an additional 100 every so often. I am going to try to go all the way to 1000. If you have any areas I should research that I haven't yet mentioned, let me know and hopefully I can add on more =)
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:23 PM
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501 Houston Med Center will be bigger than downtown Dallas in a few yrs
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:28 PM
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501 Residents clearly have plenty of time on their hands
502 Houston clearly leads the nation in prevalence of inferiority complex
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:04 PM
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yea, but need a job first.
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:05 PM
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Nice list. You have a lot of time on your hands, eh?
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:32 PM
Location: ITL (Houston)
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I didn't think you were serious. Lmao.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:15 PM
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Must not be much excitement in Houston to be able to sit around and make this list. If I didn't know better I'd think Houston would be on the list of most boring cities in the world... oh, wait!
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