Buncha Houston haters on here!!!
I live in far northwest Houston in the Cypress area and it is nice here. Katy, Sugarland, Kingwood and the Woodlands are all very nice places to live.
Austin is nice to visit but waaaaay to liberal and really just a big college town.
San Antonio is a no go. It has cool things to see and do though.
D/FW, I think, is a lot like Houston. Just not as humid.
As for the traffic. It all depends on where you live and work. Any big city is going to have bad traffic. All places I named are the far points (out there) of Houston and are not "in Houston" They are all about 20 - 35 miles from it.
Katy, Woodlands, Kingwood, Sugarland...you can live and work. In Cypress you may need to drive a little.
Houston area has 3 drag strips and 2 Auto X tracks, that I know of. Summers are hot and great for boating, winters are mild.
Houston's economy is usually last to get hit and first to bounce back.
Sold the 68
Ready for the 2010