Houston Makes Top 10 Ugliest Cities List: Five Reasons it's Not So

Houston has come a long way in the looks and self-esteem department.

Back when it was just a hamlet of a thing in the 1830s, people were already regarding Houston as something of a hot mess -- the lawlessness was legendary and draining off some of the swampland didn't actually nip all of the potential for swamp-type diseases in the bud.

But that was a long time back, and since then Houston has gotten over the awkward kid phase, and the gawky teenager era to become a lovely town in its own right.

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Dianna Wray is a nationally award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Houston, she writes about everything from NASA to oil to horse races.
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