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City of Opportunity
I grew up in the Clear Lake area in the 1960s when NASA was working on putting a man on the moon. Many of the kids I went to school with had dads who were astronauts or otherwise involved in that great effort. It was impossible not to grow up in that era and come away with a sense that anything is possible.
I always thought that it was fitting for Houston to lead the effort to put a man on the moon, because Houston has always been a city that dreams big and more often than not makes those dreams come true.
After all, Houstonians led a revolution in innovative heart surgeries that have saved millions of lives across the world -- and in the process, built the largest medical center in the world. It was Houstonians that had the audacity to dig a ship channel 50 miles inland -- and in the process, built one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world. And, of course, we should not forget that it was Houstonians that first had the idea of putting a roof over a stadium.
Houston has combined that can-do spirit with an incredibly open and welcoming character. When asked what made Houston different from other cities, the late great Mayor Bob Lanier observed that, in Houston, “no one cares who your daddy is.”
As result of that attitude, the best and brightest from all over the world have flocked to Houston making it an even greater place to live. That can-do spirit and welcoming heart has made Houston America’s City of Opportunity.
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