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How the Rest of the Country Sees Houston

Earlier this month, retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, when asked his reaction to Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets, said, “I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.” Little town? That’s hard to understand, even from Shaq. Houston […]

Earlier this month, retired NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, when asked his reaction to Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets, said, "I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.” Little town? That's hard to understand, even from Shaq. Houston is the 4th largest city in America. There are more people here than ever. Houston covers, by various estimates, anywhere from 500 to 600 square miles. However you define "Greater Houston," there's nothing "little" about it.

So to dispel those myths we spoke to people who come across them, all the time! President and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greg Ortale. Coy Davidson, a Senior VP of the Houston Office Services Group for Colliers International. And Elise Hu, a reporter who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR. She was one of several reporters who contributed recently to the NPR series “Texas 2020.”

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