Earlier this summer, a Best Cities survey ranked Houston the seventh-best large city in America—beating out Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin—with high marks for affordability, and nods for our vibrant food scene and the might-happen-eventually-maybe Houston-to-Dallas bullet train. But one sentence caught our eye in particular: “Smart, skilled, and soulful, Houston is the American city of the future.” To which we thought, lil’ ol’ Houston? The future? Not knowing what to make of this unlikely accolade, we took to Instagram and asked Houstonians for their takes. Here’s what y’all had to say:
A new @bestcitiesorg report describes Houston as “the American city of the future,” a title bestowed upon HOU at least once before. But do you agree? Are we a model for the rest of the country, or are the people making these “Best” lists glossing over some very real flaws? Let us know in the comments. 📷: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock
graciellalove: We flood after 20 minutes of rainwater. That’s zero concern for the future.
jmam218: No zoning makes this city sort of ugly. But it has improved over the last few years. Do something futuristic with the traffic, and then I can agree with the report.
soleaesthetictx: With respect to population, Houston is diverse, yet so blended at the same time. In years to come we really will represent what America really is. As a native of Houston, I am finding more and more transplants here. But with respect to economical and technological advances, and sustainability of said advances, we have miles to go.
pumpkin_1977: Lots of flaws (sucky summer climate/traffic/scenery/floods, etc.), but the positives way outweigh the negatives!
bobski_832: Flooding is pretty much the Achilles heel of this city. Been living here for 11 years, and hopefully we can get better and smarter handling the floods and rising water. Besides that, I couldn’t agree more about HOU being the city of the future.
dubjoshua: A regional interconnected multi-use trail system would be an awesome asset to make it more convenient to bike and walk to school and work. For example, BG2020 [Bayou Greenways 2020, the project set to connect 150 miles of hike and bike trails] could be expanded to the suburbs.
marthgarenghi: Of course we have several urgent problems. For one, we desperately need to stop paving over our natural flood control swamps and wetlands. We could do better to respect the character and history of neighborhoods rather than planting McMansions and high-rises in their midst. Also, we can’t forget the high rates of cancer experienced by those who live near refineries on the coast. I love this city, though. It will always be home.
alanmizell: A great place to live and run a business, but don’t tell everybody.