Screw em! At least we have a highway system designed by someone with a brain. The Triple Loop design makes it easier to get, well, anywhere. Plus, you can get on one of them a go around til you see your freeway or major intersection.
Only thing I hate about Houston is the insane humidity and complete lack of a breeze all of our truly 5 - 6 month Summer. May through October the temperature stays around or above 90 unless its raining.
I've spent a great deal of time in the largest American cities and lived in 3 of them. Also I've spent a GREAT DEAL OF time in most major European, Latin American and APAC cities. Houston is by far one of the easiest cities to navigate and live. Their ranking seems to mostly revolve around zoning versus deed restrictions.
The design that matters most is the unique freedom by design that a lack of authoritarian control offers.
Houston's success in growing its population and attracting new businesses is not exclusively due to the geographic advantages that helped it grow during the oil boom. Lax zoning also played a significant role in its continued rapid growth.
Zoning is a market intervention. Heavy zoning restrictions can get in the way of a local economy's ability to supply the housing and office space demands of a growing market. This has a lot to do with the reason why Houston suffered very few side-effects experienced by other cities during the decline in the housing market, and why Houston will probably overtake Chicago as the 3rd largest city in the US by the time the next census is taken, despite not being among the top 10 just 60 years ago.
I'm not be shocked when more authoritarian style thinkers or those that overvalue cosmetic appeal want to take issue with the nuisance of freedom.