Houston is one strong city — one of the fastest-growing in the nation, and a leader in new jobs. As new residents move in, they discover what the rest of us have long known: This is a great place to live, and it’s not just our population that’s pumped up. As the rail line and bike paths bulk up, our businesses, services, cultural communities and food scene are growing stronger than ever. Whether it’s west-side institution Phoenicia expanding into a new downtown location, the Asia Society building its own state-of-the-art headquarters or the Dynamo finally getting its own stadium, Houston has flexed its muscles this year. And we’re celebrating all the local players who have built our city into greatness with the Houston Press Best of Houston® 2012 edition, featuring the city’s best Arts and Entertainment,
Shopping and Services, Sports and Recreation, and Food and Drinks. You threw your weight around and voted for your favorites as well. Welcome to our guide to the city — Growth and Regrowth edition.