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What Is Houston’s One True Nickname?

Houston sure has a lot of nicknames. There is something inherently cool about a city that isn’t just one thing. Our city’s many nicknames reflect Houston’s connections to climate (the “Bayou City”), culture (“H-town”), industry (“Space City”) — even our openness a decade ago in taking in Hurricane Katrina evacuees (“The Big Heart”). Classy. We […]

Houston nicknames. (Photo: Derek Stokely, Houston Public Media)Houston sure has a lot of nicknames. There is something inherently cool about a city that isn’t just one thing.

Our city’s many nicknames reflect Houston’s connections to climate (the “Bayou City”), culture (“H-town”), industry (“Space City”) — even our openness a decade ago in taking in Hurricane Katrina evacuees (“The Big Heart”). Classy.

We discuss the history and popularity of Houston’s many nicknames — and seek out your favorite — as we talk with Matthew Clavin, professor of history at the University of Houston.

(Photo: Derek Stokely, Illustration: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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