Rachel Dvoretzky: "Friendly, energetic, unpretentious, hard-working. ... Always international, but not cosmopolitan."
Margaret Luellen Briggs: "A friend from NYC once told me, 'People always say New York is a great place to visit, but they wouldn't want to live there. Well, Houston is the flip side. It's a terrible place to visit, but a great place to live.'"
Ann Rosenwinkel: "Everything is at hand. From Starbucks, you don't even have to cross the street to get to pornography just around the corner from the most beautiful and rarefied art museums. In Houston, we can't isolate ourselves from the riffraff, from the pain and richness of human experience because we've chosen not to. Dr. John Lienhard called cities 'human exoskeletons,' and it's not surprising he's a Houstonian."
Gary Woods: "Competent governance."
John Gonzales: "We have to remember that Houston was a miserable place all those many decades ago when Sam Houston walked our streets. Back then, if you didn't die in a homicide, yellow fever might have killed you. And if you lived through that you could at least look forward to rats gnawing on your face at night. But Houstonians didn't care. We moved on. We moved on after the Civil War stunted our growth. We moved on after Carla, Alicia, Enron, Allison, Ike, the Challenger disaster, Dean Corll, the floods of the 1930s, the oil bust of the 1980s, polio scares, tornadoes, the odd petrochemical plant explosion. We just shake it off and move on. And that can be a good thing and a bad thing."
David Nathan: "... There's a great BBQ joint, taqueria and Chinese food place within 10 minutes of anywhere..."
Igor George Alexander: "Well, Houston is the only city in the USA that I know of where you can choose whether you want to go out to eat in a Southern Nigerian-style restaurant or a Northern Nigerian-style restaurant. But, mostly what makes Houston Houston is the lack of zoning."