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At 12 years old, my father gathered me and my 6 siblings together and said we were moving to Texas. It was time to get out of Detroit. Coming from an ultra urban environment, I had no idea what expect. My only frame of reference had only been what I had seen on television and in the movies so naturally I thought when we hit Houston, I would see dusty streets and tumbleweeds and everyone would be on horses. Heading to the South Park neighborhood we moved to off Martin Luther King Boulevard, I saw palm trees and thought we mistakingly made a wring turn along the way and ended up in Florida.

This story is much like most Houston outsiders. It takes one visit to find that Houston is much more than what people around the country perceive from the media and it’s also evident in the number of people moving to Houston in droves. Click here to see 12 misconceptions about Houston.

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