Building: Houston Seeks the Refugees

If a single bond unites the oil barons of Houston, it is belief in the manifest destiny of their freewheeling metropolis. Having established Houston as the premier city of the Southwest, local businessmen are engaged in one of their brashest ventures—a multibillion-dollar development program to attract corporations from the problem-plagued urban areas of the Northeast.

Houston businessmen are convinced that the leaders of many major corporations are so fed up with the congestion, transport snarls and high costs of New York and other Northeastern cities that they are eager to relocate. The...

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