Houston Tomorrow’s vision is that in 2036, on its 200th birthday, Houston will have the best quality of life in the United States. In that year, some American city will be able to make that claim. We believe Houston has a great chance to be that city, so at Houston Tomorrow we’re leading the work to make that happen.
The measurements we’ll use to see how we’re doing in that race are health, happiness, and prosperity. In the Harris Index, Houston is already number 2 for happiness, but getting to number one means ramping up a traditional rivalry with Dallas, which is number one. Should be a piece of cake, right?
In terms of prosperity, among major US cities, according to the Martin Index, Houston is number 10, ahead of all other Texas cities, but still behind the three biggest cities and places like Atlanta and Miami. Obviously we’ve got some work to do there, although we’re looking for a better index because Martin makes some pretty outrageous mistakes about certain aspects of life in Houston.
And as far as health goes, Houston is pretty far back - 36th in Sperling’s index, one spot behind Dallas and one spot ahead of Fort Worth. There’s a lot of work to be done there, and health improvement is one of Houston Tomorrow’s major programs.
So we need to stay happy, be smarter about prosperity, and make major changes to our built environment to improve health. It will take commitment by a lot of people to get to number one, but we believe we can make it, and we invite you to join us in the quest.
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