Houston: Jacksonville's Larger Sibling?

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Next City's 2016 Vanguard Conference takes us on a visit to the urban core of a larger "Jacksonville": Houston. Here's a look at a southern metropolis that shares several similarities with Florida's largest municipality.

Shopping District

ANCHORING Downtown Houston's Shopping District is GreenStreet which is a mixed-use shopping, entertainment and dining hub and is home to Forever XXI, BCBGMAXAZRIA, House of Blues, Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge and much, much more. A short two-blocks away is The Shops at Houston Center with Jos. A Banks, Dress Barn, Radio Shack and dozens of other retail, dining and fast food options.

Convention District

Houston's premier meeting place, the George R. Brown Convention Center Center draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.  The convention center is conveniently connected to Houston’s largest hotel, the Hilton Americas, and is equal walking distance to Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center.

Discovery Green park is immediately outside the Brown’s front doors hosting a variety of daily free events and the new dining/entertainment/shopping hub Houston Pavilions is only 4-blocks away. METRORail is close by and with that access to Midtown, the Museum District, Texas Medical Center and Reliant Park.

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