By Mimi Swartz
HOUSTON likes to call itself the city of the future.
This is, after all, the nation’s fourth largest metropolis and one of its most diverse. We have a lesbian mayor, twice re-elected. Oil is in a temporary slump, yes, but skyscrapers and luxury condos are still rising all over town. World-class architects are gussying up our parks and museums.
But our super-sophisticated self-conception is now endangered, thanks to months of strife that have led to Proposition 1’s appearance on the Nov. 3 ballot, a measure also known as the “bathroom ordinance.”