In-Town Travels

Houston Really Is The New Chicago

Thanks to GMC, downtown now looms over a great lake.

By John Lomax April 23, 2013

Well, it looks like either the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has gone hog-wild with their improvements or GMC built us a lake (with marina!), because that sure does not look like the same Allen's Landing or Houston's muddy, trash-strewn waterway I saw last time I was downtown.

Or maybe a Photoshopper in the employ of GMC let his imagine and his mouse get away with him and changed Commerce Street into Chi-Town's Lakeshore Boulevard. Where is our Navy Pier?

At any rate, I don't think there's been a more inaccurate portrayal of downtown Houston since about 1850, when this doozy appeared in Gleason's Pictorial, a long-vanished Boston magazine: 

Note: not only were those mountains never actually there, but by the time this ad appeared, Austin had been the capital for about 15 years.

If you are wondering what this post is doing on a travel blog, we regard these places as imaginary cities you can visit in your fantasies. 

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