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Plans for the return of a new AstroWorld-style theme park made big news in 2013. Courtesy photo
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The River Oaks Donut Shop. Photo by Shelby Hodge
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Jeremy Lin. Photo by Scott Hallern/Getty Images
The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music. NBC.com
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Project Runway, Heidi Klum, Zac Posen, Nina Garcia, Kerry Washington,Sept 2013
From left, Heidi Klum, Zac Posen, Nina Garcia and Kerry Washington make their way down the runway at the taping of the Project Runway season finale. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
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Johnny Manziel Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images
Pastor Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen Photo courtesy of Lakewood Church
Lisa Shumate classical music Houston Public Media
Houston Public Media CEO Lisa Shumate. KUHF/Facebook
Grand Texas plans November 2013 Main Street
A rendering of the new Grand Texas theme park. Rendering courtesy of Grand Texas Sports & Entertainment District
News_Astroworld_overview
River Oaks Donuts June 2013 doughnuts
Jeremy Lin dribble
The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Project Runway, Heidi Klum, Zac Posen, Nina Garcia, Kerry Washington,Sept 2013
Johnny Manziel hop
Pastor Joel Osteen
Lisa Shumate classical music Houston Public Media
Grand Texas plans November 2013 Main Street

CultureMap readers are an eclectic bunch. You made 2013 a banner year for our website with a record-shattering number of visits, a lot of time spent on the site and close engagement with our staff — you are never shy about telling us what you think, and we like that!

When it comes to the most popular stories of the year, you couldn't enough of plans for a new AstroWorld-type theme park planned for the Houston area, Rockets star Jeremy Lin's career highs and lows and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's travails.

Joel Osteen's posh River Oaks mansion remains a source of great debate, along with Carrie Underwood's performance in the TV version of The Sound of Music, mass layoffs at Houston's only classical music station and the winner of the latest season of Project Runway.

And what goes well with reading all of these stories?  Why donuts from a River Oaks billionaire's new shop, of course.

Here are the Top 12 most-read CultureMap stories last year:

1.  The new AstroWorld sets an opening date: Houston's next theme park to open in 2015

2.  AstroWorld's replacement is no longer a pipe dream: New $205 million Houston theme park gets its land

3.  Sorry, Johnny Manziel is not humiliated: Smug, taunt-happy Alabama hasn't "solved" Texas A&M wonder

4.  After move to $10.5 million River Oaks mansion, Joel Osteen offers Tanglewood land for $1.1 million

5.  Spoiler Alert! Project Runway Season 12 winner emerges in hair-raising finale

6.  AstroWorld times six: Construction on new Houston theme park begins — and its size is already expanding

7.  Jeremy Lin exerts his will: Rockets coach Kevin McHale forced to treat guard like a star

8.  No Jeremy Lin, no win: Another senseless benching leads to Rockets collapse — and it's on McHale

9.  Bloodied Jeremy Lin saves Rockets from coaching blunder, shows class and true skills

10. Billionaires open a new drive-thru donut shop in River Oaks: Who needs Shipley's or Dunkin'?

11. Houston radio station fires its main on-air talent: A classical music bloodbath?

12. Carrie Underwood is no Julie Andrews — and that's a good thing: Secrets of the new Sound of Music

 

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