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7th Oct '12 1:08:05 PM MarkLungo
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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASA's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.

Interestingly, it also has the largest collection of skyscrapers in Texas, including the tallest building outside a central business district, the Williams Tower. The Astrodome is also obviously here, though that may not remain so for long: the place has seen better days and is dwarfed by the neighboring Reliant Stadium.

Traditionally, its sports teams have been hapless, though its professional soccer team, the Houston Dynamo club, has apparently not gotten that memo, winning two MLS championships in its first two years of the franchise and only missing the MLS playoffs once. The Astros did host the first two World Series games played in Texas (unsurprisingly, they lost), the Rockets actually managed a couple of championships back in the 1990's, and Comets (WNBA, now sadly defunct) were their league's first dynasty. The Texans are the ''other'' NFL team from the state, though [[TookALevelInBadass they have made improvements]]. It may be unwise to mention that Houston ever had another NFL team or what happened to them (for those wondering, here's a hint: Houston native Vincent Young used to play for them). From the way people drive, one might assume that street racing is a popular participator sport amongst the populace. The reality is that in Houston proper, an officer issuing a speeding ticket is likely to get run over by another speeder, and as such, the local police don't even bother anymore. This is ''not'' true in the suburbs, though, and some of them are speed traps out of nightmares.

Regrettably, despite the size, there's no highly developed light rail system (a 2004 line runs through downtown and parts south, but a major expansion of the system is getting continual delays) and the only theme park, [=AstroWorld=], was closed in 2005 after years of poor maintenance by Six Flags and declining attendance.

That said, the city does have resident companies in each of the performing arts, and has some interesting takes on art: it's pretty much the art car capital of at least America. Also, the city is fairly well known for its rodeo, the largest such event in the world. Those who know the city's history, though, find this amusing: Houston was never a cow town--it traded in cotton before Spindletop. After Spindletop, oil was its stock in trade and has pretty much remained so ever since, despite efforts to branch out into other sectors such as banking (the banks got bought out), aerospace (there's not as much money here as you'd think), and medicine (actually, those efforts have seen some moderate success).

When [[NewOrleans New Orleans]] sank beneath the waves, [[AFriendInNeed Houston provided shelter for the bulk of the refugees]]. A number of them stayed. (And, because quite a few of them were...shall we say...[[BigEater rather hefty]], Houston has now surpassed "N'awlins" as the fattest per capita city in the U.S.)

The city also has a notable music scene, at least amongst rap and hip hop fans. ''Tejano'' music also [[StealthPun rocketed]] to international fame here.

Media-wise, there's little set in Houston, but it does have the nation's oldest public television station, KUHT.

Oh, and it's ''the'' place to call when you want to inform MissionControl that [[{{Apollo 13}} you have a problem]].

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'''Media either set or filmed in Greater Houston'''
* ''AnimalCops'' Houston, from Animal Planet.
* [[ApolloThirteen Apollo 13]] (at least the parts on Earth, other than those involving launch and splashdown)
* {{Armageddon}} filmed at the Johnson Space Center facilities
* Webcomic/AtArmsLength The setting for most of the webcomic. Apparently monsters like to target Hermann Park.
* TheBadNewsBearsInBreakingTraining
* TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas: Character played by Dom DeLuise was based on KTRK-TV personality Marvin Zindler, and in fact how locals first really became aware of the man.
* BloodSimple
* BrewsterMcCloud
* ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' once mentioned Houston's [[TheDCU Earth-C]] counterpart, "Hogston" ("Hogston, we have a problem!").
* TheChase (filmed)
* CutterToHouston
* DanceWithMe
* TheEveningStar
* {{FM}} (filmed at Greenway Plaza in Houston)
* ForeverEvil
* FridayNightLights has the state football championship played at the Astrodome, though the events upon which the film is based never went anywhere near Houston: the title game that year was not played in the Astrodome.
* {{Futureworld}} (filmed at the Johnson Space Center facilities)
* Film/TheGetaway (filmed in nearby Huntsville)
* {{Hellfighters}}
* A partial example in ''{{Homestuck}}'' - the comic doesn't focus on the city, but Dave is generally agreed to be from Houston, because a map pinpoints his apartment as being right around there. At the least, he's canonically Texan.
* HoustonKnights
* IComeInPeace
* Film/IndependenceDay (Houston is destroyed by a nuclear missile as opposed to the aliens)
* JasonsLyric
* LogansRun (filmed inside the Houston Hyatt Regency)
* MyBestFriendIsAVampire
* NeighborsFromHell
* RealityBites
* {{Reba}}
* RightOnTrack
* [[RoboCop RoboCop 2]] (Filmed in Houston)
* Film/{{Rollerball}} (Set in Houston but filmed in Bavaria, Germany)
* {{Rushmore}} (filmed)
* ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'', a 2012 series starring [[SpiderMan Kaine]] [[CloneSaga Parker]] as the titular (anti)hero.
* {{Sidekicks}} (complete with ChuckNorris)
* SpaceCowboys
* SubUrbia (filmed)
* SugarHill
* TheSugarlandExpress (set and filmed in nearby Sugar Land)
** Sugar Land is a separate city that was encompassed as Houston grew - (as with many such small towns) while it is a city and functions autonomously, it could be called a suburb for descriptive purposes
* TheSwarm
* {{Telefon}} (set in Houston but [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed on a Hollywood backlot, parts of Los Angeles and inside the Hyatt Regency located at 5 Embarcadero in San Francisco, California]])
* TermsOfEndearment
* {{Texas}} (Daytime soap opera, a spin-off of AnotherWorld)
* {{Thea}}
* TheThiefWhoCameToDinner
* TinCup (filmed)
* {{Towelhead}}
* TheTripToBountiful (set in Houston, filmed in Dallas)
* UncommonValor (Though this is yet another case of CaliforniaDoubling)
* UrbanCowboy
* VietnamTexas

'''(Famous) People Originally From Houston'''
* WesAnderson
* AlexisBledel
* KellyClarkson (Katy Area)
* LorettaDevine
* HilaryDuff
* ShellyDuvall
* ShannonElizabeth
* JenniferGarner
* JimParsons
* DennisQuaid
* RandyQuaid
* Selena Quintanilla (the ''tejano'' sensation more famously known by [[FirstNameBasis just her first name]])
* AnnaNicoleSmith [[note]] For most of her life she claimed to have been born in Mexia, a town near Waco to the north where she lived as a child, in order to reinforce her "small-town girl" image (rather than admit to having been born in Houston, which was already a fairly big city in 1967). [[/note]]
* BrentSpiner
* PatrickSwayze
* BookerT
* TheUndertaker (although in {{Kayfabe}} he claims to be from "Death Valley")
* IsaiahWashington
* RonWhite

'''Musicians and Bands From Houston'''
* Barbara Mandrell
* BlueOctober
* DestinysChild
** {{Beyonce}}
* GetoBoys
* KennyRogers
* MikeJones
* PaulWall
* SlimThug
* ZZTop
* Z-Ro
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The city provides examples of:

* TheAllegedCar: METRO Light Rail, due to the number of traffic accidents it caused because of unclear signals, poor planning, and unavailability outside of the hospital and museum districts. The incident which made it this trope involved an ambulance responding to a truck being hit by the Light Rail, and while transporting the injured driver to the nearest hospital being hit by a Light Rail train itself.
** The [[ScheduleSlip continual delays]] on construction caused by budget problems keep it from reaching its potential.
* BigFatFuture: More like Big Fat Present: the city was once considered America's fattest city. [[BigEater There's a reason for this]].
** Consider this: The vast majority of Texans were either in agriculture or some profession which required a high amount of manual labor. In these professions a high caloric intake is necessary for a healthy life as the body actually burns it off. Since the local economic crash of the eighties and the subsequent economic diversification policies promoted by the state government, the majority of Texans now work in research, manufacturing and related industries, computer science or the service industry. Even farming has been industrialized, with machines doing most of work instead of laborers/animals. Cultural attitudes + accelerated industrialization + accelerated urbanization + faster pace environment since said industrialization and the ease of purchasing fast food = weight problems in local populace.
*** Interestingly, the reason I was going for is that there are more restaurants per capita in Houston than any other city in the country (yeah, I did a double take when I saw that for the first time) and eating out is insanely cheap. [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Portion sizes are also incredibly large]].
*** Around here you eat out with friends, and business deals often involve at least one meal. There's also a bit more variety, too. I've seen suburbs were they have Mongolian, Vietnamese, Russian and Indian food as well as generic American, Mexican and Chinese places.
* BigFancyHouse: Lots of them, and they're still occupied.
* BlatantLies: Pretty much everything the Allen brothers claimed in their original sales pitch to both settlers and the government of the Republic of Texas was demonstrably false.
* BoomTown: Became this after oil and NASA.
* CapitalCity: To the Greater Houston Metropolitian Area, an actual geographic region that officially encompasses 10 counties, 121 cities, 10,062 square miles of land and 5.7 million souls. Also for majority of South East Texas that it's the closest 'big' city to.
* TheChurch: And boy howdy, ''what'' a church. Lakewood Baptist is one of the most well-known and easily-recognizeable churches in the entire city. As though it's previous stadium-seating campus (complete with in-house televising of its Sunday sermons on local channel 14!) weren't large enough, the church procured an '''actual stadium''' - the former home of the NBA team Houston Rockets and transformed it into their new house of worship. YMMV as to whether Lakewood Baptist, along with the other so-called "megachurches" throughout the area, qualify as [[SaintlyChurch morally upstanding]] or [[ReligionOfEvil ungodly decadent]] institutions.
* CompanyTown: Nearby Sugar Land was once one of these, entirely owned and operated by the Imperial Sugar Company.
* CoolSpaceship: There was once a Saturn V rocket in full view of drivers on I-45 by NASA. It's since had a shelter built around it, as exposure damaged it.
** The Space City Houston amusement park is built around this trope.
* CutAndPasteSuburb: Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Kingswood, Katy, the newer parts of Pearland, Sienna Plantation, Friendswood, Cypress, Klein, the list goes on and on.
** CrapsaccharineWorld: The Woodlands claims to be the best place in the Houston Area to raise your kid. A cursory glance furthers the illusion. Then you actually move there, and you notice the [[WretchedHive crime.]] [[DrugsAreBad Drugs are inescapable,]] [[AxCrazy absolute]] [[CompleteMonster psychopaths]] are allowed to rampage around unmolested [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney because they (or their parents) have money]], a search on one of those pedophile index websides reveals an absurd number of sex offenders, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking plus the idiots who planned the suburb decided it would be a good idea to plant a forest of pine trees, all of which are dying. Result: ugly.]]
*** The suburb, however, loves to build malls that look better than they may function. A boat ride on site and a Italianate-themed strip mall, anyone?
*** To be entirely fair, the malls do function quite well. The Woodlands is good at looking good, but not very good at backing it up.
*** This troper would like to point out that the trees were all here first. They clear the land and leave pockets of the original trees and build around them. This troper has seen it for 2 decades. A lot at dead due to the 2011 Drought and pine beetles that attached the stressed trees. No comment as to drug use as this troper is fairly ignorant when it comes to the darker side of town.
* DangerousWorkplace: Particularly in Pasadena and Texas City, known for their refineries and curious odors.
** The British Petroleum plant was notorious for having NoOSHACompliance. Different parts of it exploded three times over the course of two years because [[MoralEventHorizon paying the employee's death benefits was less expensive then giving the plant the overhaul and maintenance it needed]]. The State of Texas fined them until they complied because they were putting the community at large in danger.
** Texas City was the site of the biggest industrial accident in US history, when a Liberty Ship loaded with ammonium nitrate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Disaster exploded in 1947]] with the force of a small atomic bomb, killing almost 600 people.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: It is joked that the Sam Houston Toll Road, a controlled access highway that loops around the city about five miles out from the city's proper loop, Interstate 610, is Houstonians' participatory version of NASCAR. Posted speed limits are about 65 mph, but you will be run off the road if you're doing less than 80.
** This troper (who lives in WI but has family in Houston) is pretty sure that covers everyone; no one drives less an 80 on any freeway. I've seen people drive off the freeways over the grass to the access roads simply to avoid backups. DrivesLikeCrazy seems to be the rule, not the exception.
** Indeed, this troper and his former boss, both Houston natives who had recently moved to San Antonio (temporarily in this one's case) once discussed this and reached the conclusion that it's not so much a speed limit as a speed ''challenge'' on Houston roads.
** Red means stop. Green means go. Yellow means go ''faster''.
* FanNickname: Well, not so much fan nickname, but some areas have picked up names, like Greenspoint "Gunspoint", The Woodlands "The Hoodlands", the list goes on.
** "Space City", "Bayou City", "H-town", "the Big Heart" (post-Hurricane Katrina), Screwston (after the "Chopped and Screwed" style of rap music created by slowing down tempo).
* FandomRivalry: [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Pick]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} a]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} sport]], '''[[TheBeautifulGame ANY]] sport''' with Dallas. Hell, just about ANYTHING with Dallas in general.
** Tennessee Titans. The name [[UngratefulBastard Bud Adams]] will garner nothing but absolute contempt here.
** The I-10 Shootout: Rockets vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
*** Together with the Dallas Mavericks, the three teams form "the Texas Triangle", a three-game road trip that is known to be the most brutal in sports.
** The Bayou Bucket: [[BigManOnCampus University]] of [[GeniusBruiser Houston]] Cougars vs. [[IvyLeagueForEveryone Rice]] [[BadassBookworm University]] Owls
** Non-sports example: Houston's local US Federal Reserve district is headquartered in Dallas. Just imagine the shitstorm when they built a branch for the "Federal Reserve Bank of ''Dallas''" just outside of downtown.
*** For the record, they quickly changed the name to something less evocative of Dallas.
* FlyoverCountry: Declared such when New York [[http://www.khou.com/news/local/Houstons-space-shuttle-snub-may-stem-from-one-mans-decision--128438338.html got a retired space shuttle]] instead of Houston, despite being home to {{NASA}}. Why? ''Houston gets no tourists.''
** This has seriously cheesed many locals (of whom a number are former NASA employees and contractors that specifically worked on the Shuttle program) to the point that petitions are still on-going to bring an orbiter, '''any''' orbiter, to the Space City.
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: There are two.
* {{Gayborhood}}: Montrose, parts of Westbury and Near Westheimer
** Also, there's a TokenLesbian mayor, who seems to kind of look and work like a lesbian HillaryClinton.
* HeatWave: We call it August.
** There are said to be three seasons to Houston: Not Summer, Summer, and August.
*** This troper's often heard the above, but with a fourth merely listed as Christmas.
* HospitalParadiso: Played straight to varying degrees with the Texas Medical Center.
* InNameOnly: Both Sugar Land and Katy are [[CutAndPasteSuburb Cut And Paste Suburbs]], but each have history. Sugar Land was the Imperial Sugar company town (and it still maintains presence there, check the sugar labels at home), and Katy was named after the MKT railroad that went through town. The railroad in question was truncated in the late 1990s so there's only a spur there that doesn't get much traffic as it used to.
** Not that ''any'' railroad sees much use in Houston these days. Try to ride Amtrak to the city and you'll spend half the journey aboard a bus.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Averted with Rice University, considered to be part of the South's version of the Ivy League.
* {{NASA}}: "[[ApolloThirteen Houston]], [[CaptainObvious we have a problem]]."
* MegaCorp: Until quite recently, at least, Haliburton was headquarted in the city - and still has a massive facility hidden behind a treeline alongside the Beltway, just south of Bush International Airport. There's even a series of plaques outside Minute Maid Park (where the Astros baseball team plays) featuring the history of KBR and Haliburton, complete with a heavily-defaced image of Dick Cheney.
* NonindicativeName: "West Mount Houston" is the name of a road. There's nothing even resembling a hill in Houston, much less a mountain. The city doesn't have wards, but don't tell that to residents of the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Wards (which do have their basis in the old boundaries of the city's wards). Cut 'n' Shoot is the name of a small town(yeah, really). Missouri City is nowhere near Missouri, and its residents didn't come from there, either. The same can be said for Iowa Colony (nowhere near Iowa) and Cleveland (granted, further north, but still nowhere near Ohio). There are no pears in Pearland (except for those at the Kroger's). There's no sugar in Sugar Land anymore, either (though as mentioned before, the city was a company town, and that company did refine sugar there until 2003). South Park is nothing like ''SouthPark'' and is nowhere near Colorado (though it is to the south of [=MacGregor=] Park and does predate the television series). Clear Lake is neither clear nor a lake. And none of this is anywhere near Houston County, Texas. Neighborhood names are frequently idiosyncratic at best.
** Though West University Place is indeed a place immediately to the west of Rice University. The Woodlands is also ''full of trees'' (such that it's difficult to spot signs or businesses, and those unfamiliar with the area are likely to get lost).
** ToiletHumor: The town of Clute is jokingly said to be named for the sound of a worker's turd hitting the water after he decided that defecating off the side of the bridge they were building was faster and easier ([[{{Squick}} and possibly cleaner]]) than actually finding a portapotty. The town was actually just named after yet another founding guy, but that doesn't get any reaction from the tourists.
* NewOldWest: Invoked in city, tourist and election campaigns and UpToEleven for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the world's biggest events. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Plus concerts.
* NoodleIncident: Cultural. Major hurricanes will be referenced by name without any other background.
** Specific examples include:
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Allison "Allison"]] - Tropical Storm Allison (note the lack of the word 'Hurricane' here) dumped around 40 inches of rain throughout the Houston region, causing over 5 BILLION dollars of damage! The Texas Medical Center alone lost nearly $2 billion in lost/damaged equipment and samples. Allison is the only Atlantic storm name to be retired without ever being a hurricane.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ike "Ike"]] - The hurricane that left ''millions'' without power and empty store shelves for weeks, caused millions of dollars in damage, ''almost wiped out'' the Bolivar Peninsula and had Galveston Island see destruction unseen since [[KillEmAll 1900]]. In other words, the one that '''SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE. FREAKING. TOWN.'''
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurrican_Rita "Rita"]] - Hurricane Rita (which was set for landfall mere months after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans) threw the city into panic and an attempted mass exodus ensued - ''attempted'' being the key word. The roads leading out of town were so congested that many cars ran out of gas simply waiting on the freeways to get out of town. The kicker? Rita veered north and missed Houston nearly completely. This incident was a large reason why so many people failed/declined to evacuate later when the above-mentioned Ike hit, reasoning that the outcome would have just been the same.
* WeatherDissonance: High in the 80's during fall and mild and temperate in the winter. And those mosquitoes? They'll start showing in ''April''.
** More like, they become prevalent in March-April. We have them year-round to one degree or another.
** And apart from that - high 80's? Try the upper 90's and low 100's, complete with overwhelming humidity. There's a reason corporate personnel that wind up transferred to Houston from calmer climes often receive generous relocation bonuses.
* WhenItRainsItPours
* WretchedHive: A few examples.
** Sugarland has an absurd crime rate and is heavily populated by gangs. It isn't a pleasant place to live.
*** ''''Sugar Land?''' The [[http://www.click2houston.com/news/25890944/detail.html safest city in Texas?]]
*** The same. City ratings are run on officially reported numbers, which may have no bearing on actual numerical incidence. The Southwest Cholos, a prolific Hispanic and Latin American gang, are well entrenched there. Police presence in the area is also markedly lower than in other locations near Houston. Even audible repeated gunfire is often considered SomebodyElsesProblem.
*** Sharpstown is similar.
** There is a neighborhood known as Lakewood somewhere in the Houston area; it is, quite literally, a wretched hive of scum and villainy. It's basically [[BlackLagoon Roanapur]] but somehow smack dab in the middle of Houston.
** The Woodlands; see CrapsaccharineWorld above.
** The Fifth Ward was also essentially [[BlackLagoon Roanapur]] in Houston during the 80s and 90s, although there has recently been a sharp decrease. While crime is nowhere where it once was, it maintains a reputation as one of the hardest places to do police work in the Houston area and many major chains will not establish shops there.
** This Troper is surprised that nobody mentioned Little York.
** Acres Homes, Independence Heights (not the good Heights), and Aldine. They all look like various versions of the third world. Acres Homes had no sewage systems until the ''1970s''.

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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASA's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.

Interestingly, it also has the largest collection of skyscrapers in Texas, including the tallest building outside a central business district, the Williams Tower. The Astrodome is also obviously here, though that may not remain so for long: the place has seen better days and is dwarfed by the neighboring Reliant Stadium.

Traditionally, its sports teams have been hapless, though its professional soccer team, the Houston Dynamo club, has apparently not gotten that memo, winning two MLS championships in its first two years of the franchise and only missing the MLS playoffs once. The Astros did host the first two World Series games played in Texas (unsurprisingly, they lost), the Rockets actually managed a couple of championships back in the 1990's, and Comets (WNBA, now sadly defunct) were their league's first dynasty. The Texans are the ''other'' NFL team from the state, though [[TookALevelInBadass they have made improvements]]. It may be unwise to mention that Houston ever had another NFL team or what happened to them (for those wondering, here's a hint: Houston native Vincent Young used to play for them). From the way people drive, one might assume that street racing is a popular participator sport amongst the populace. The reality is that in Houston proper, an officer issuing a speeding ticket is likely to get run over by another speeder, and as such, the local police don't even bother anymore. This is ''not'' true in the suburbs, though, and some of them are speed traps out of nightmares.

Regrettably, despite the size, there's no highly developed light rail system (a 2004 line runs through downtown and parts south, but a major expansion of the system is getting continual delays) and the only theme park, [=AstroWorld=], was closed in 2005 after years of poor maintenance by Six Flags and declining attendance.

That said, the city does have resident companies in each of the performing arts, and has some interesting takes on art: it's pretty much the art car capital of at least America. Also, the city is fairly well known for its rodeo, the largest such event in the world. Those who know the city's history, though, find this amusing: Houston was never a cow town--it traded in cotton before Spindletop. After Spindletop, oil was its stock in trade and has pretty much remained so ever since, despite efforts to branch out into other sectors such as banking (the banks got bought out), aerospace (there's not as much money here as you'd think), and medicine (actually, those efforts have seen some moderate success).

When [[NewOrleans New Orleans]] sank beneath the waves, [[AFriendInNeed Houston provided shelter for the bulk of the refugees]]. A number of them stayed. (And, because quite a few of them were...shall we say...[[BigEater rather hefty]], Houston has now surpassed "N'awlins" as the fattest per capita city in the U.S.)

The city also has a notable music scene, at least amongst rap and hip hop fans. ''Tejano'' music also [[StealthPun rocketed]] to international fame here.

Media-wise, there's little set in Houston, but it does have the nation's oldest public television station, KUHT.

Oh, and it's ''the'' place to call when you want to inform MissionControl that [[{{Apollo 13}} you have a problem]].

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'''Media either set or filmed in Greater Houston'''
* ''AnimalCops'' Houston, from Animal Planet.
* [[ApolloThirteen Apollo 13]] (at least the parts on Earth, other than those involving launch and splashdown)
* {{Armageddon}} filmed at the Johnson Space Center facilities
* Webcomic/AtArmsLength The setting for most of the webcomic. Apparently monsters like to target Hermann Park.
* TheBadNewsBearsInBreakingTraining
* TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas: Character played by Dom DeLuise was based on KTRK-TV personality Marvin Zindler, and in fact how locals first really became aware of the man.
* BloodSimple
* BrewsterMcCloud
* ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' once mentioned Houston's [[TheDCU Earth-C]] counterpart, "Hogston" ("Hogston, we have a problem!").
* TheChase (filmed)
* CutterToHouston
* DanceWithMe
* TheEveningStar
* {{FM}} (filmed at Greenway Plaza in Houston)
* ForeverEvil
* FridayNightLights has the state football championship played at the Astrodome, though the events upon which the film is based never went anywhere near Houston: the title game that year was not played in the Astrodome.
* {{Futureworld}} (filmed at the Johnson Space Center facilities)
* Film/TheGetaway (filmed in nearby Huntsville)
* {{Hellfighters}}
* A partial example in ''{{Homestuck}}'' - the comic doesn't focus on the city, but Dave is generally agreed to be from Houston, because a map pinpoints his apartment as being right around there. At the least, he's canonically Texan.
* HoustonKnights
* IComeInPeace
* Film/IndependenceDay (Houston is destroyed by a nuclear missile as opposed to the aliens)
* JasonsLyric
* LogansRun (filmed inside the Houston Hyatt Regency)
* MyBestFriendIsAVampire
* NeighborsFromHell
* RealityBites
* {{Reba}}
* RightOnTrack
* [[RoboCop RoboCop 2]] (Filmed in Houston)
* Film/{{Rollerball}} (Set in Houston but filmed in Bavaria, Germany)
* {{Rushmore}} (filmed)
* ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'', a 2012 series starring [[SpiderMan Kaine]] [[CloneSaga Parker]] as the titular (anti)hero.
* {{Sidekicks}} (complete with ChuckNorris)
* SpaceCowboys
* SubUrbia (filmed)
* SugarHill
* TheSugarlandExpress (set and filmed in nearby Sugar Land)
** Sugar Land is a separate city that was encompassed as Houston grew - (as with many such small towns) while it is a city and functions autonomously, it could be called a suburb for descriptive purposes
* TheSwarm
* {{Telefon}} (set in Houston but [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed on a Hollywood backlot, parts of Los Angeles and inside the Hyatt Regency located at 5 Embarcadero in San Francisco, California]])
* TermsOfEndearment
* {{Texas}} (Daytime soap opera, a spin-off of AnotherWorld)
* {{Thea}}
* TheThiefWhoCameToDinner
* TinCup (filmed)
* {{Towelhead}}
* TheTripToBountiful (set in Houston, filmed in Dallas)
* UncommonValor (Though this is yet another case of CaliforniaDoubling)
* UrbanCowboy
* VietnamTexas

'''(Famous) People Originally From Houston'''
* WesAnderson
* AlexisBledel
* KellyClarkson (Katy Area)
* LorettaDevine
* HilaryDuff
* ShellyDuvall
* ShannonElizabeth
* JenniferGarner
* JimParsons
* DennisQuaid
* RandyQuaid
* Selena Quintanilla (the ''tejano'' sensation more famously known by [[FirstNameBasis just her first name]])
* AnnaNicoleSmith [[note]] For most of her life she claimed to have been born in Mexia, a town near Waco to the north where she lived as a child, in order to reinforce her "small-town girl" image (rather than admit to having been born in Houston, which was already a fairly big city in 1967). [[/note]]
* BrentSpiner
* PatrickSwayze
* BookerT
* TheUndertaker (although in {{Kayfabe}} he claims to be from "Death Valley")
* IsaiahWashington
* RonWhite

'''Musicians and Bands From Houston'''
* Barbara Mandrell
* BlueOctober
* DestinysChild
** {{Beyonce}}
* GetoBoys
* KennyRogers
* MikeJones
* PaulWall
* SlimThug
* ZZTop
* Z-Ro
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The city provides examples of:

* TheAllegedCar: METRO Light Rail, due to the number of traffic accidents it caused because of unclear signals, poor planning, and unavailability outside of the hospital and museum districts. The incident which made it this trope involved an ambulance responding to a truck being hit by the Light Rail, and while transporting the injured driver to the nearest hospital being hit by a Light Rail train itself.
** The [[ScheduleSlip continual delays]] on construction caused by budget problems keep it from reaching its potential.
* BigFatFuture: More like Big Fat Present: the city was once considered America's fattest city. [[BigEater There's a reason for this]].
** Consider this: The vast majority of Texans were either in agriculture or some profession which required a high amount of manual labor. In these professions a high caloric intake is necessary for a healthy life as the body actually burns it off. Since the local economic crash of the eighties and the subsequent economic diversification policies promoted by the state government, the majority of Texans now work in research, manufacturing and related industries, computer science or the service industry. Even farming has been industrialized, with machines doing most of work instead of laborers/animals. Cultural attitudes + accelerated industrialization + accelerated urbanization + faster pace environment since said industrialization and the ease of purchasing fast food = weight problems in local populace.
*** Interestingly, the reason I was going for is that there are more restaurants per capita in Houston than any other city in the country (yeah, I did a double take when I saw that for the first time) and eating out is insanely cheap. [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Portion sizes are also incredibly large]].
*** Around here you eat out with friends, and business deals often involve at least one meal. There's also a bit more variety, too. I've seen suburbs were they have Mongolian, Vietnamese, Russian and Indian food as well as generic American, Mexican and Chinese places.
* BigFancyHouse: Lots of them, and they're still occupied.
* BlatantLies: Pretty much everything the Allen brothers claimed in their original sales pitch to both settlers and the government of the Republic of Texas was demonstrably false.
* BoomTown: Became this after oil and NASA.
* CapitalCity: To the Greater Houston Metropolitian Area, an actual geographic region that officially encompasses 10 counties, 121 cities, 10,062 square miles of land and 5.7 million souls. Also for majority of South East Texas that it's the closest 'big' city to.
* TheChurch: And boy howdy, ''what'' a church. Lakewood Baptist is one of the most well-known and easily-recognizeable churches in the entire city. As though it's previous stadium-seating campus (complete with in-house televising of its Sunday sermons on local channel 14!) weren't large enough, the church procured an '''actual stadium''' - the former home of the NBA team Houston Rockets and transformed it into their new house of worship. YMMV as to whether Lakewood Baptist, along with the other so-called "megachurches" throughout the area, qualify as [[SaintlyChurch morally upstanding]] or [[ReligionOfEvil ungodly decadent]] institutions.
* CompanyTown: Nearby Sugar Land was once one of these, entirely owned and operated by the Imperial Sugar Company.
* CoolSpaceship: There was once a Saturn V rocket in full view of drivers on I-45 by NASA. It's since had a shelter built around it, as exposure damaged it.
** The Space City Houston amusement park is built around this trope.
* CutAndPasteSuburb: Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Kingswood, Katy, the newer parts of Pearland, Sienna Plantation, Friendswood, Cypress, Klein, the list goes on and on.
** CrapsaccharineWorld: The Woodlands claims to be the best place in the Houston Area to raise your kid. A cursory glance furthers the illusion. Then you actually move there, and you notice the [[WretchedHive crime.]] [[DrugsAreBad Drugs are inescapable,]] [[AxCrazy absolute]] [[CompleteMonster psychopaths]] are allowed to rampage around unmolested [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney because they (or their parents) have money]], a search on one of those pedophile index websides reveals an absurd number of sex offenders, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking plus the idiots who planned the suburb decided it would be a good idea to plant a forest of pine trees, all of which are dying. Result: ugly.]]
*** The suburb, however, loves to build malls that look better than they may function. A boat ride on site and a Italianate-themed strip mall, anyone?
*** To be entirely fair, the malls do function quite well. The Woodlands is good at looking good, but not very good at backing it up.
*** This troper would like to point out that the trees were all here first. They clear the land and leave pockets of the original trees and build around them. This troper has seen it for 2 decades. A lot at dead due to the 2011 Drought and pine beetles that attached the stressed trees. No comment as to drug use as this troper is fairly ignorant when it comes to the darker side of town.
* DangerousWorkplace: Particularly in Pasadena and Texas City, known for their refineries and curious odors.
** The British Petroleum plant was notorious for having NoOSHACompliance. Different parts of it exploded three times over the course of two years because [[MoralEventHorizon paying the employee's death benefits was less expensive then giving the plant the overhaul and maintenance it needed]]. The State of Texas fined them until they complied because they were putting the community at large in danger.
** Texas City was the site of the biggest industrial accident in US history, when a Liberty Ship loaded with ammonium nitrate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_Disaster exploded in 1947]] with the force of a small atomic bomb, killing almost 600 people.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: It is joked that the Sam Houston Toll Road, a controlled access highway that loops around the city about five miles out from the city's proper loop, Interstate 610, is Houstonians' participatory version of NASCAR. Posted speed limits are about 65 mph, but you will be run off the road if you're doing less than 80.
** This troper (who lives in WI but has family in Houston) is pretty sure that covers everyone; no one drives less an 80 on any freeway. I've seen people drive off the freeways over the grass to the access roads simply to avoid backups. DrivesLikeCrazy seems to be the rule, not the exception.
** Indeed, this troper and his former boss, both Houston natives who had recently moved to San Antonio (temporarily in this one's case) once discussed this and reached the conclusion that it's not so much a speed limit as a speed ''challenge'' on Houston roads.
** Red means stop. Green means go. Yellow means go ''faster''.
* FanNickname: Well, not so much fan nickname, but some areas have picked up names, like Greenspoint "Gunspoint", The Woodlands "The Hoodlands", the list goes on.
** "Space City", "Bayou City", "H-town", "the Big Heart" (post-Hurricane Katrina), Screwston (after the "Chopped and Screwed" style of rap music created by slowing down tempo).
* FandomRivalry: [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Pick]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} a]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} sport]], '''[[TheBeautifulGame ANY]] sport''' with Dallas. Hell, just about ANYTHING with Dallas in general.
** Tennessee Titans. The name [[UngratefulBastard Bud Adams]] will garner nothing but absolute contempt here.
** The I-10 Shootout: Rockets vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
*** Together with the Dallas Mavericks, the three teams form "the Texas Triangle", a three-game road trip that is known to be the most brutal in sports.
** The Bayou Bucket: [[BigManOnCampus University]] of [[GeniusBruiser Houston]] Cougars vs. [[IvyLeagueForEveryone Rice]] [[BadassBookworm University]] Owls
** Non-sports example: Houston's local US Federal Reserve district is headquartered in Dallas. Just imagine the shitstorm when they built a branch for the "Federal Reserve Bank of ''Dallas''" just outside of downtown.
*** For the record, they quickly changed the name to something less evocative of Dallas.
* FlyoverCountry: Declared such when New York [[http://www.khou.com/news/local/Houstons-space-shuttle-snub-may-stem-from-one-mans-decision--128438338.html got a retired space shuttle]] instead of Houston, despite being home to {{NASA}}. Why? ''Houston gets no tourists.''
** This has seriously cheesed many locals (of whom a number are former NASA employees and contractors that specifically worked on the Shuttle program) to the point that petitions are still on-going to bring an orbiter, '''any''' orbiter, to the Space City.
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: There are two.
* {{Gayborhood}}: Montrose, parts of Westbury and Near Westheimer
** Also, there's a TokenLesbian mayor, who seems to kind of look and work like a lesbian HillaryClinton.
* HeatWave: We call it August.
** There are said to be three seasons to Houston: Not Summer, Summer, and August.
*** This troper's often heard the above, but with a fourth merely listed as Christmas.
* HospitalParadiso: Played straight to varying degrees with the Texas Medical Center.
* InNameOnly: Both Sugar Land and Katy are [[CutAndPasteSuburb Cut And Paste Suburbs]], but each have history. Sugar Land was the Imperial Sugar company town (and it still maintains presence there, check the sugar labels at home), and Katy was named after the MKT railroad that went through town. The railroad in question was truncated in the late 1990s so there's only a spur there that doesn't get much traffic as it used to.
** Not that ''any'' railroad sees much use in Houston these days. Try to ride Amtrak to the city and you'll spend half the journey aboard a bus.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Averted with Rice University, considered to be part of the South's version of the Ivy League.
* {{NASA}}: "[[ApolloThirteen Houston]], [[CaptainObvious we have a problem]]."
* MegaCorp: Until quite recently, at least, Haliburton was headquarted in the city - and still has a massive facility hidden behind a treeline alongside the Beltway, just south of Bush International Airport. There's even a series of plaques outside Minute Maid Park (where the Astros baseball team plays) featuring the history of KBR and Haliburton, complete with a heavily-defaced image of Dick Cheney.
* NonindicativeName: "West Mount Houston" is the name of a road. There's nothing even resembling a hill in Houston, much less a mountain. The city doesn't have wards, but don't tell that to residents of the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Wards (which do have their basis in the old boundaries of the city's wards). Cut 'n' Shoot is the name of a small town(yeah, really). Missouri City is nowhere near Missouri, and its residents didn't come from there, either. The same can be said for Iowa Colony (nowhere near Iowa) and Cleveland (granted, further north, but still nowhere near Ohio). There are no pears in Pearland (except for those at the Kroger's). There's no sugar in Sugar Land anymore, either (though as mentioned before, the city was a company town, and that company did refine sugar there until 2003). South Park is nothing like ''SouthPark'' and is nowhere near Colorado (though it is to the south of [=MacGregor=] Park and does predate the television series). Clear Lake is neither clear nor a lake. And none of this is anywhere near Houston County, Texas. Neighborhood names are frequently idiosyncratic at best.
** Though West University Place is indeed a place immediately to the west of Rice University. The Woodlands is also ''full of trees'' (such that it's difficult to spot signs or businesses, and those unfamiliar with the area are likely to get lost).
** ToiletHumor: The town of Clute is jokingly said to be named for the sound of a worker's turd hitting the water after he decided that defecating off the side of the bridge they were building was faster and easier ([[{{Squick}} and possibly cleaner]]) than actually finding a portapotty. The town was actually just named after yet another founding guy, but that doesn't get any reaction from the tourists.
* NewOldWest: Invoked in city, tourist and election campaigns and UpToEleven for Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the world's biggest events. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Plus concerts.
* NoodleIncident: Cultural. Major hurricanes will be referenced by name without any other background.
** Specific examples include:
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_Storm_Allison "Allison"]] - Tropical Storm Allison (note the lack of the word 'Hurricane' here) dumped around 40 inches of rain throughout the Houston region, causing over 5 BILLION dollars of damage! The Texas Medical Center alone lost nearly $2 billion in lost/damaged equipment and samples. Allison is the only Atlantic storm name to be retired without ever being a hurricane.
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ike "Ike"]] - The hurricane that left ''millions'' without power and empty store shelves for weeks, caused millions of dollars in damage, ''almost wiped out'' the Bolivar Peninsula and had Galveston Island see destruction unseen since [[KillEmAll 1900]]. In other words, the one that '''SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE. FREAKING. TOWN.'''
*** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurrican_Rita "Rita"]] - Hurricane Rita (which was set for landfall mere months after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans) threw the city into panic and an attempted mass exodus ensued - ''attempted'' being the key word. The roads leading out of town were so congested that many cars ran out of gas simply waiting on the freeways to get out of town. The kicker? Rita veered north and missed Houston nearly completely. This incident was a large reason why so many people failed/declined to evacuate later when the above-mentioned Ike hit, reasoning that the outcome would have just been the same.
* WeatherDissonance: High in the 80's during fall and mild and temperate in the winter. And those mosquitoes? They'll start showing in ''April''.
** More like, they become prevalent in March-April. We have them year-round to one degree or another.
** And apart from that - high 80's? Try the upper 90's and low 100's, complete with overwhelming humidity. There's a reason corporate personnel that wind up transferred to Houston from calmer climes often receive generous relocation bonuses.
* WhenItRainsItPours
* WretchedHive: A few examples.
** Sugarland has an absurd crime rate and is heavily populated by gangs. It isn't a pleasant place to live.
*** ''''Sugar Land?''' The [[http://www.click2houston.com/news/25890944/detail.html safest city in Texas?]]
*** The same. City ratings are run on officially reported numbers, which may have no bearing on actual numerical incidence. The Southwest Cholos, a prolific Hispanic and Latin American gang, are well entrenched there. Police presence in the area is also markedly lower than in other locations near Houston. Even audible repeated gunfire is often considered SomebodyElsesProblem.
*** Sharpstown is similar.
** There is a neighborhood known as Lakewood somewhere in the Houston area; it is, quite literally, a wretched hive of scum and villainy. It's basically [[BlackLagoon Roanapur]] but somehow smack dab in the middle of Houston.
** The Woodlands; see CrapsaccharineWorld above.
** The Fifth Ward was also essentially [[BlackLagoon Roanapur]] in Houston during the 80s and 90s, although there has recently been a sharp decrease. While crime is nowhere where it once was, it maintains a reputation as one of the hardest places to do police work in the Houston area and many major chains will not establish shops there.
** This Troper is surprised that nobody mentioned Little York.
** Acres Homes, Independence Heights (not the good Heights), and Aldine. They all look like various versions of the third world. Acres Homes had no sewage systems until the ''1970s''.
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When [[NewOrleans New Orleans]] sank beneath the waves, [[AFriendInNeed Houston provided shelter for the bulk of the refugees]]. A number of them stayed.

The city also has a notable music scene, at least amongst rap and hip hop fans.

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When [[NewOrleans New Orleans]] sank beneath the waves, [[AFriendInNeed Houston provided shelter for the bulk of the refugees]]. A number of them stayed.

stayed. (And, because quite a few of them were...shall we say...[[BigEater rather hefty]], Houston has now surpassed "N'awlins" as the fattest per capita city in the U.S.)

The city also has a notable music scene, at least amongst rap and hip hop fans.
fans. ''Tejano'' music also [[StealthPun rocketed]] to international fame here.
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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASAcut's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.

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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASAcut's NASA's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.
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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[{{DFWMetroplex}} Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASAcut's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.

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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[{{DFWMetroplex}} [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASAcut's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.
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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[{{DFWMetroplex}} Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASA's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.

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Houston is the fourth largest city proper in the United States and the largest in Texas (though the [[{{DFWMetroplex}} Metroplex]] is larger overall). Once upon a time, it was even the capital of the Republic of Texas, but that didn't last long. It has many nicknames, amongst them "the Bayou City", as the bayous are a major feature of the city, and it was founded at what was [[BlatantLies allegedly the head of navigation of Buffalo Bayou]], "Space City" (this one actually appeared on police cars once, due to the fact that NASA's NASAcut's Johnson Space Center is located in the city near Clear Lake), and "Magnolia City" (almost exclusively in pre-World War I documents). It's also famous for its oil tycoons and unforgiving climate.



* NonindicativeName: "West Mount Houston" is the name of a road. There's nothing even resembling a hill in Houston, much less a mountain. The city doesn't have wards, but don't tell that to residents of the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Wards (which do have their basis in the old boundaries of the city's wards). Cut 'n' Shoot is the name of a suburb (yeah, really). Missouri City is nowhere near Missouri, and its residents didn't come from there, either. The same can be said for Iowa Colony (nowhere near Iowa) and Cleveland (granted, further north, but still nowhere near Ohio). There are no pears in Pearland (except for those at the Kroger's). There's no sugar in Sugar Land anymore, either (though as mentioned before, the city was a company town, and that company did refine sugar there until 2003). South Park is nothing like ''SouthPark'' and is nowhere near Colorado (though it is to the south of [=MacGregor=] Park and does predate the television series). Clear Lake is neither clear nor a lake. And none of this is anywhere near Houston County, Texas. Neighborhood names are frequently idiosyncratic at best.

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* NonindicativeName: "West Mount Houston" is the name of a road. There's nothing even resembling a hill in Houston, much less a mountain. The city doesn't have wards, but don't tell that to residents of the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Wards (which do have their basis in the old boundaries of the city's wards). Cut 'n' Shoot is the name of a suburb (yeah, small town(yeah, really). Missouri City is nowhere near Missouri, and its residents didn't come from there, either. The same can be said for Iowa Colony (nowhere near Iowa) and Cleveland (granted, further north, but still nowhere near Ohio). There are no pears in Pearland (except for those at the Kroger's). There's no sugar in Sugar Land anymore, either (though as mentioned before, the city was a company town, and that company did refine sugar there until 2003). South Park is nothing like ''SouthPark'' and is nowhere near Colorado (though it is to the south of [=MacGregor=] Park and does predate the television series). Clear Lake is neither clear nor a lake. And none of this is anywhere near Houston County, Texas. Neighborhood names are frequently idiosyncratic at best.
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* MyBestFriendIsAVampire (This troper did a spit take during the scene where they had a high speed car chase down Allen Parkway.)

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* MyBestFriendIsAVampire (This troper did a spit take during the scene where they had a high speed car chase down Allen Parkway.)
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