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A City Full of Culture and Art

The largest city in the Lone Star State, Houston, TX is the fourth largest city in the entire US-right after New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. But while those cities have a distinct impression in the minds of people from around the world, Houston is still being discovered by people every day. Located just upstream from the Gulf of Mexico it is a major port to markets across the globe. Situated in the oil rich state of Texas, it is world headquarters to many of the most important energy multinationals. Unique, vibrant, diverse and prosperous, Houston, TX is emerging as America’s next great world-class city.

One interesting Houston distinction is that unlike most cities in the US there are no zoning ordinances. The result is that every neighborhood is a patchwork of businesses, homes, churches and other places of worship, schools, parks and manufacturing. Some areas have managed to keep a more traditional layout, but across the city you won’t find anywhere else with the kind of ordered chaos offered in Houston. Part of this organic chaos is some pretty nasty traffic and like Los Angeles (and unlike the older, Eastern metropolises of New York and Chicago) a car is more or less a must have here. As you cruise across town you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled; great treasures are often mixed in with rather prosaic surroundings.

Houston, TX-like many big cities-has a well-developed fine arts community. Its downtown district actually boasts the largest concentration of playhouses and dramatic performance spaces anywhere in the United States outside of Broadway. Touring companies of all the big musicals come through town-often on the first runs with the original casts-and there are a number of world premieres right here in Space City. Also of interest is the Rothko Chapel. Mark Rothko was one of the most notable and influential artists of the 20th century. His experiments with color and composition have been celebrated by critics and art historians since even before his 1970 suicide. Right before he took his life in the midst of a terrible depression Rothko finished a project wherein he designed a non-denominational space for meditation in Houston and decorated it with original paintings. The space is now considered a major work of art in itself and is open to the public where they can see the dark works created by this deeply significant artist. The city also hosts a terrific opera and world-renowned ballet among a number of other galleries and museums.

As for more popular art forms, Houston has emerged as one of the central scenes in the global hip-hop movement. The city’s rap artists have created a unique sound now emulated by rappers and DJs everywhere. No musical innovation is more characteristic of the H-Town sound than “chopped and screwed” tracks-slowed down and echoing, the sound was developed by the legendary DJ Screw to emulate the effects of the prescription cough syrup popularly abused among the set (and responsible for the deaths of several-not the least of which was Screw himself).

Houston, TX is a place where art, music, architecture and commerce come together from every corner of the planet to create an intricate human quilt like nowhere else. Whether traveling or looking to move, Houston has a place where you will fit.

Villas Tranquilidad – Cultural Diversity in Playa Del Carmen

Choosing to buy in Villas Tranquilidad is much more than just buying Playa del Carmen Luxury Condo or villa; it’s choosing a luxury lifestyle in a high-end gated community that enjoys the benefits of living near a beachfront that many consider to be the most beautiful in the world. Owners of an exclusive home in the Villas Tranquilidad can take advantage of all the benefits in the “El Cielo” community, which includes high security, excellent road access, low density development and a careful integration of the area’s natural settings into its design, as well as several kilometers of bike trails.

Villas Tranquilidad also benefits from the cultural diversity that other Playa del Carmen Condo owners enjoy. Playa del Carmen is known for its rich international atmosphere. In fact, the south half of downtown Playa del Carmen is known as “Little Italy” because of the large number of hotels and condos developed and owned by Italians. The area also has a large number of Italian restaurants and a distinct European feel to it. Another culture which the beautiful beachfront and excellent real estate of Playa del Carmen has drawn is Argentinian.

Recently, the connection between Playa del Carmen and Argentina’s culture was celebrated through the photo exhibition, “Magic and spirit of the Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.” The exhibition showcased the artist Marta Fern├índez, at the Hotel Royal Porto Real with 72 photos.

To confirm that Playa del Carmen, the heart of the Riviera Maya, is a cosmopolitan city where the cultural exchange is an every day event through the coexistence of people who have purchased property here from around the world the mayor of Playa noted, “I see an open city that thinks big and is open to cultural exchange, integration and enjoyment of culture from around the world.”

In the exhibition visitors enjoyed the recent history of the community of Santa Cruz, located in Patagonia, with photos of landscapes, colors, textures, people and traditions. Like Mexico, 2010 marks the bicentenary of Argentina, and a calendar of cultural and very extensive joint activities to celebrate this special year for both countries have been planned.

While home owners in Villas Tranquilidad can enjoy cultural activities such as this one on a regular basis celebrating the various groups who have developed Playa del Carmen’s lifestyle, they will also enjoy living in close contact with many Europeans and Argentinians in the neighbouring communities in “El Cielo,” while also having the comfort of many neighbors from the U.S. and Canada. Villas Tranquilidad is international luxury at its best, in Playa del Carmen.