locales can and ultimately did prove its mettle which has now resulted in its being hailed as aglobal city. Using a motley number of sources that attest to the genuine American spirit of
Houston, I‟ll go one further and apply an economical
measurement that had already deemedHouston to be a global city even with within the time period of 20 years. In its scope, this papertakes into account many of the perspectives of economists and academics who have purposefullywritten these papers with not only a sociopolitical posturing, but in many instances betraythemselves as having a sociological bent as well.The context of the economic miracle of Houston is made evident by The Global Contextof Metropolitan Growth: Houston and the Oil Industry
written by Professor Joe R. Feagin of theUniversity of Texas at Austin. In it, Professor Feagin regards the City of Houston as a case studyand recounts that many of the factors of business bonanza embodied in the success of Houstoncannot be reproduced in other cities due to factors such as geography, climate and also Feaginprovides an adequate commentary on the business-
friendly atmosphere of Houston that‟s not as
curtailed by regulation of business and in many instances lack governmental oversight that is inturn deferred by the tacit approval of many sectors of the local and federal government that haslet the growth of Houston go on unabated. Hearkening back to the time of the Allen brothersfrom the American northeast who had purchased the tract of land, bayou and swamp and thencalled it the City of Houston, Feagin provides enough insight into the spirit of commerce inHouston that has had its foundations set by the cotton and railroad services in Houston at a timeof American expansionism of the frontier and the American West. From there and onward,Feagin applies two dual terms in the distinction of Houston that set the tone for the rest of the
paper: “‟capital of the Sunbelt‟ and the „oil capital of the United States‟”(Feagin, 1985, 1205).
Even in regards to the antiquated date of publication of this article, the City of Houston had