ONe- Houston is not the most polluted city, you can check the stats. All Houston did was Pass LA in Ozone only for two years (99, and 2000), Houston has already dropped to 5th on the EPA's list and is falling. For overall Particulate matter it was lower as well.
Two- Houston is very international with 75 Foreign Consulates, and even more trade missions (plus Russia coming soon), the largest Foreign port in the USA, and 8th largest Airport Gateway
Houston already has the venues built for everything, and the light rail being built to connect them, and the Funding ready.
and this 'fattest city' nonsense is BS, Chicago was second fattest (from their list they measured donut shops per capita as a factor-OK????) but is still great. Philly, Detroit and Dallas were also in the Top 5, I find it all nonsense (another seperate Pub had New Orleans and San Antonio at 1 and 2) . Houston also has the most playmates in Playboy history so we do have some hot woman willing to get naked as well
Houston has constantly ranked as the 4th best Restaurant city in the US (ZAGAT, Wine Spector, etc) Behind San Fran, NYC and Chicago. Also Houstonians eat out more than any other big city, on average 4.6 times a week (maybe they think that makes you fat.....)
Houston has many amenities. The Second Largest DT theatre district outside New York. A very low murder and violent crime rate (check FBI,a nd the state websites you can see the stats). Thankfully NY murder rate is down now as well. 4th Biggest museum district. The Texas Med Center, largest in the World. Houston has a low cost of living unlike the other 3 cities mentioned. Houston has touristy stuff all over Like NASA (Houston was the first word from the moon
) and the San Jacinto monument----and shopping like the Galleria (largest Galleria in the US) and the Park shops DT
Houston has improved it's traffic index 11 of the last 13 years. with more improvments coming now, plus light rail and a great bus system.
and last, it is the Summer olympics, it is supposed to be Hot (all the venues in those cities will be HOT, with San Fran the 'coolest')
I could go on but will stop now.
Thus my vote goes to Houston, (hell no one thought we would make the first cut but we did
I'm not saying the US will win but I hope Houston getst he bid, if for some reason not, then my second vote goes to San Fran
Ciao and Hook 'em Horns,