Houston's downtown revamped in time for Super Bowl (Reuters)

By Liz Hampton HOUSTON (Reuters) – When Houston last hosted the Super Bowl in 2004, the oil city’s sleepy downtown lacked the sizzle befitting the big game – and that prompted civic leaders to act. This time, fans arriving for Sunday’s American professional football championship will discover a revamped downtown district with twice as many residents, a renovated convention area and a plethora of food and entertainment offerings. The Texas megacity near the Gulf Coast, with a population of more than 6 million that makes it the United States’ fifth-biggest metropolitan area, is best known as a hub of the U.S. petroleum industry and for NASA’s famed Mission Control Center.
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