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Finding the beautiful and the bizarre in a sprawling Western city
Finding the beautiful and the bizarre in a sprawling Western city

A few months ago, during my first trip to Houston, I did what anyone whose knowledge of Texas is defined almost entirely by movies and television might do. I bought cowboy boots from a man with a handlebar mustache, went to a honky tonk, got thrown off a mechanical bull and mastered the "Boot Scootin' Boogie." If I hadn't gone back to Texas last week, this story might have ended right about there, but during my second trip, with my cowboy itch already thoroughly scratched, I paid closer attention. Houston is more than what you think. A map of the city looks like a bullseye, and it is very much a moving target. With 2.1 million people and a booming energy sector,...

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