Houston at 175

Even though Houston is turning 175, it's a young city by most standards. With a year-long celebration that began last summer and continues this August, we think it's a great opportunity to examine what makes the Bayou City unique and so intriguing. In this special editorial series, CultureMap writers and contributors look at great moment’s in the city’s past, examine where Houston is in 2012 and ask leaders and everyday Houstonians to imagine the city’s future. 

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The saddest Eighth Wonder in the world: Why was the Astrodome allowed to fall apart in first place?

By Cynthia Neely - February 21st, 2012

My how time flies. It is approaching two years already since Harris County residents were presented a trio of options in which to vote for the future of the Astrodome in Reliant Park. Well, we voted and we’re waiting. I caught ...

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Stephen Klineberg, movie star! New film looks to Houston's future by examining its past 30 years

By Clifford Pugh - March 2nd, 2012

For 30 years, Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg has been tracking Houston attitudes in an annual survey. Now he's starring in a movie about it. "The only thing we're missing is the popcorn," Rich Kinder joked at the premiere of ...