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Begging "them" To Like Us {my Houston Campaign}


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Houston. If You Don't Like it, Stick It.

Houston. Because Loop 610 is endless fun.

Houston. Come Tame The Wild Bacteria Bayou.

What happens in Houston, stays in The Woodlands.

Dallas Sucks. (Houston's original slogan)

Houston. ROFLMAO

I Left My Heart In Houston, And Crackheads Salvaged My Pacemaker.

Houston. Concrete Heaven.

Houston. Thousands Of Katrina Evacuees And Illegal Immigrants Can't Be Wrong.

There you go. Have a little fun at your own expense. The problem is that people have spent the last 100 years or so letting people on either coast dictate to them what to think, what to like, etc. I don't expect anyone to change that anytime soon.

BTW, not that I'm into civic slogans and whatnot but I do like, "Houston: it works."

Ho hum...

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After reading the comments at the bottom of the article, Houston can not shake off that word. UGLY. I can't see why peolpe are always using the word ugly to describe Houston. Is it anymore ugly than NYC, Chicago, Miami, or LA, or any big city? I don't think so.

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You have been even more negative since the Cowboys loss.

Houston's booming, people like it. That guy you were addressing hates Houston and doesn't have anything to be happy about at all these days because so many things are going good now in this city. He only shows up to point out the negatives. I think it's his job or something. Hanging around a city that you don't like makes no sense to me, but hey it's a free country. People are free to be miserable if they want. Poor slob. It's got to be a jealousy thing. Why else is this guy so obsessed with the negative aspects of this city while NEVER acknowledging any of the positives. No one ever said Houston was paradise, and all the negative comments in the world aren't going to make the humidity go away, make the city more like New York, or make the people stop coming here and enjoying their lives. But we all know what's going on already. That boy just pops in to stir the poo. ...Like that last brilliant piece of "critical thinking" he wrote.

Houston doesn't need a campaign. It sells itself. All the past campaigns haven't make any significant impact, yet the people keep coming anyway, buildings keep going up, more nice hotels are being built, and with cool mixed-use projects like Regent Square, BLVD Place, West Ave, and the River Oaks District (to name a few) the future looks pretty bright. Houston is already the highest business tourist destination in the state. So what's the point in selling a city that doesn't need selling.

But if we just HAVE to have one, I think a good campaign would be something like...

"Houston: We didn't lift a finger, and you came anyway"

Oooh sexy!

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After reading the comments at the bottom of the article, Houston can not shake off that word. UGLY. I can't see why peolpe are always using the word ugly to describe Houston. Is it anymore ugly than NYC, Chicago, Miami, or LA, or any big city? I don't think so.

Why WOULD anyone go out of their way to say that? To selflessly warn strangers of impending eyesores in the name of spreading joy to the masses? NO, it was written by someone with a personal agenda or grudge. Most likely because they are jealous of people who live in cities with nice affordable houses who are able to save a little money. And who don't have to shovel snow. And who live in cities with booming economies with cool new construction going on everywhere. And who live in cities that stay green all year long. Take your pick. There are probably hundreds of reasons why someone would be jealous of people who are lucky enough to live in Houston.

People who are happy about where they live USUALLY don't take the time to trash another city, without provocation or just for the hell of it. They would be out enjoying wherever they are, completely unaware or totally disinterested in someplace they feel is inferior or don't like for some reason.

If Houston was truly uglier than the cities where all the newcomers came from, the population wouldn't be growing as rapidily as it is. If it were a REAL issue, everyone would turn around and go back where they came from. But obviously, it can't be that much of a deterrent. I think Houston could look better in many places than it does now, but I wouldn't put any stock in a couple of crackpot comments at the bottom of an online USA Today article. Ugly perception or not, it doesn't really change the quality of life that most of us enjoy ...the one's who aren't bogged down with a lot of personal issues...anyway.

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What's that mean?

I was refering to this article from Forbes

http://www.forbestraveler.com/best-lists/m...es-slide-9.html

I may not have said that right, maybe I should have said.... According to Forbes, Houston is the most vistited city in Texas. It came in at number 9 on a Forbes list of the 30 most visited cities. Dallas came in at number 10.

Maybe not a GREAT number, but concidering that these promotional campaigns don't seem to make much difference, it's still pretty good.

There was a thread about it here

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/i...showtopic=12167

I believe that the general consensus was that Houston ranked as high as it did due to business travelers. Although no one ever proved it in that discussion. That list was compiled from raw numbers. But anyway, that's why I said Houston is already the highest business tourist destination in the state. It's not really a proven fact or anything, just something that made sense to me after reading this discussion.

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Because it's not located on one of the two major coasts, not an old traditional city that reminds people of Europe or wherever, and as a result gets snubbed by the "really cool" people, who know what's in and what's not. The really cool kids almost always know how to make the others feel left out and insecure, so the others (and Houston has its kin in this regard) spend time and money trying to get the really cool kids to, just for once, say its cool, too.

It's the dog chasing its tail.

There was a movement a few years back to call Galveston and Texas' Gulf Coast 'The 3rd Coast' but it never really went anywhere.

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I believe that the general consensus was that Houston ranked as high as it did due to business travelers. Although no one ever proved it in that discussion. That list was compiled from raw numbers. But anyway, that's why I said Houston is already the highest business tourist destination in the state. It's not really a proven fact or anything, just something that made sense to me after reading this discussion.

The blurb in that article specifiacally mentions that 45% of those tourists come from Mexico, which would lead me to think they are coming for family and shopping as well as business.

Great list though, and the pictures really give you a sense of how beautiful all these cities are...look at the pic of Dallas, it makes the trinity river(?) look like San Diego Bay...

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Because it's not located on one of the two major coasts, not an old traditional city that reminds people of Europe or wherever, and as a result gets snubbed by the "really cool" people, who know what's in and what's not. The really cool kids almost always know how to make the others feel left out and insecure, so the others (and Houston has its kin in this regard) spend time and money trying to get the really cool kids to, just for once, say its cool, too.

It's the dog chasing its tail.

You know, I don't really know where this come from. To be honest with you, I think that apart from the climate, Houston has a pretty decent reputation. Where do you hear this kind of criticism? I can't think of any real negativity that I've heard from anyone that's visited Houston, or in anything I've ever read. Am I missing out on some giant wave of anti-Houston-ness? Who is it that you feel think that Houston should remind them of Europe?

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Oh, this is merely sarcasm, Subdude. The truth is that the overwhelming majority of people across the country don't know much about Houston at all (or most cities that aren't there own or New York or Los Angeles). My comment was more a satire on the hardcore types--particularly city snobs (density freaks, etc) who truly believe that only old northeastern cities, Chicago and San Francisco are the only real places in America. All others are merely points on a map.

::Takes a small bow

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I think it has more to do with the fact we are always playing "second fiddle" to Dallas in national perception. We're always being dissed about how "hot" it is and the bugs, etc...

No city wants a negative image.

Where are you getting this from? Where exactly is all this "dissing" taking place? Not that Dallas has a thing to do with it, but how is anyone able to dissect national perception and detect that Houston is somehow playing "second fiddle" to comparable cities?

Like I said above, I have never really been able to pick up on this huge wave of anti-Houston sentiment that others seem to feel is out there. Everyone I've spoken to who has visited Houston seems to have liked it just fine. The newspapers don't seem to be particularly awash in criticism of Houston. Am I missing something here? I just can't stand for us give the impression that we are somehow victims in this cruel world. That is just so un-Texan.

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Well, for example: If I had a dollar for every time I heard some fool from Dallas say it's too hot down here I would be one rich mo-fo! That's just one example...

Well, yeah, people do complain about the heat. But that hardly amounts to a wave of negative feelings about Houston, or some awful "national perception". Lacking any solid evidence of Houston being "dissed," I would still go with the idea that our reputation over all is pretty good. Not perfect, but very good.

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For Houston though, it's the size that partly contributes to locals thinking there is something special about this place.

Maybe from their perspective Houstons size does make it special. It's a pretty relative thing don't you think?

Where are you getting this from? Where exactly is all this "dissing" taking place? Not that Dallas has a thing to do with it, but how is anyone able to dissect national perception and detect that Houston is somehow playing "second fiddle" to comparable cities?

Like I said above, I have never really been able to pick up on this huge wave of anti-Houston sentiment that others seem to feel is out there. Everyone I've spoken to who has visited Houston seems to have liked it just fine. The newspapers don't seem to be particularly awash in criticism of Houston. Am I missing something here? I just can't stand for us give the impression that we are somehow victims in this cruel world. That is just so un-Texan.

Good post. I've also never understood why some of the locals feel their being disrespected by the rest of the country. I've said before that among most of my travels on the road, I rarely found people that hated Houston. In fact it was mainly favorable.

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Well, yeah, people do complain about the heat. But that hardly amounts to a wave of negative feelings about Houston, or some awful "national perception". Lacking any solid evidence of Houston being "dissed," I would still go with the idea that our reputation over all is pretty good. Not perfect, but very good.

I'll take Houston's heat over (let's see) about 60 percent of the rest of the country right now. We're not trapped in our houses and snowed in for 5 months of the year.

There's a lot of people in the US that have either not been to the city at all and just have a bad impression of it (and Texas in general for that matter) or came here once for some random business trip and didn't see anything that they liked. Honestly, the people on this forum live here or have a strong connection to Houston so we KNOW the city, and how many hidden surprises there are here. After living here, I don't think I'd be happy in some cookie-cutter over-exposed urban mecca like New York... it's just not unique enough. Houston has this amazing ability to take on everyone's persona... the city, the country, the Texan, the cajun, etc. It's kinda scary how the ultra conservatives can live and work around the young gay community, or to see a big group of Asian guys bustin' a move to Mike Jones. Everyone... if they look around enough... seems to find a place here.

My slogan: "Houston: Come and see where you fit in"

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