Texas is vast and uncharted, and many cities that are supposed to be modern and sophisticated still have an outlaw mentality and rustic appeal.
New York City is cramped and overcrowded with overpriced empty apartments on the Upper Westside and in Harlem. Manhattan could take a lesson on rental prices from Texas, and Texas could take a lesson in convenience from New York City. (There aren't enough late-night or twenty-four hour grocery stores throughout Houston.)
Large families are rare in Manhattan, yet normal in Texas. Texas is a good place to raise children, yet too cumbersome and expensive in Manhattan. Money and power play well in both locales. Large familes should receive a tax break while children are young.
Religion, pomp, and circumstance plays well in both places, although southerners tend to take their religion more seriously than New Yorkers.
Lots aren't vacant for long in New York City. In Texas they're either a sign of decay or time standing still.
When southerners visit and/or relocate to the north, expectations and bad habits travel too.
It's easy to lose oneself in the busy streets and transit system in New York City. Texas is too big, one could get lost on the winding and intertwining highways or open fields.