Houston Holds its Own

The cashier at a CD store in Houston was coughing and sneezing. Are you ok? Someone asked. “Just my allergies,” he replied. “It isn’t the first time I said it: people don’t move to Houston for their health.” Houston is a city some people, including those in much of Texas, love to hate. It just […]

In Mexico City

Reports of crime in Mexico, including Mexico City, almost kept me away. That would have been most unfortunately. Crime happens everywhere, but on the ground, it did not seem particularly dangerous in Mexico City. The reality is it is on par with Chicago in terms of most crimes (yet being attacked because of your race […]

Downtown Dallas

Ten Things to See in Downtown Dallas

Dallas has been criticized for not having much of a downtown. I’m not sure that was ever entirely true, but these days it’s clear that Downtown Dallas is getting better, and fast. Large office towers are being converted to apartments and condominiums, galleries are filling empty storefronts and there’s both a grocery store and a […]