Houston, TX

The Downside of Living in Houston

Marisol Gallagher

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Famous for its thriving economy, endless food options, and ethnic diversity, Houston, like any other city, also has flaws.

People need a car to get around Houston. Just like any big city, it is likely for the people to experience traffic, especially during rush hour. The freeway system and the population are always expanding. So, you need to prepare yourself for experiencing the traffic. Alternatively, we can avoid it altogether by working at home or taking the subways to commute to work.

For such a major city, Houston is behind on its public transportation systems. However, the city has made improvement efforts in recent years. The METRORail light rail system – for downtown commuters – and Park & Ride services – for suburban dwellers – make getting around easier, but it’s still underdeveloped compared to other major cities. On the bright side, having two major airports makes getting out of the city for both domestic and international travel a breeze. George H. Bush Intercontinental Airport (north of the city) is a United Airlines hub and William P. Hobby International Airport serves as a hub for Southwest Airlines.

Next, beware of mosquito bites. With the hot and humid climate of the bayou surrounding the area, Houston is a perfect place for mosquitoes to breed. The sizes of them are bigger in Houston. So, make sure a can of bug spray is always available within reach.

It is unfortunate that Houston's gulf coast location makes the city prone to natural disasters. When the Hurricane season arrives, the threat of flooding follows, as we saw in August 2017 with Hurricane Harvey. In fact, the large, coastal city ranks among the most disaster-prone cities in the country. Owning flood insurance and an emergency kit on hand is a must for the people of Houston.

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