LOCAL Houston | The City Guide MAY 2015 - Page 58

Local May_Final.qxp_002houston 4/23/15 12:21 PM Page 58 WHERE TO LIVE NOW PEARLAND Established in 1894, Pearland was named after the pear trees in the region, and is called home now for over 100,000 residents. This growing city is becoming well-known not only for its name but also for what it has to offer. Enjoy a day shopping at The Pearland Town Center, or take a nice stroll around Centennial Park. Experience a spiritual journey at The Sri Meenakshi Hindu Temple, which is known for its beautiful and lavish details. No Pearland visit is complete if you haven’t grabbed a bite to eat. Don’t let the wait scare you – Killen’s Barbecue is worth every minute of it so you can get your hands on some juicy ribs and delicious mac ’n cheese. Other places like King’s Biergarten and Pena’s Donut Heaven & Grill will sure make those taste buds dance. INSIDER ADRIAN HERNANDEZ is a Pearland resident and co-owner of The Drink Station (“where all your drink dreams come true”). What do you like best about Pearland? Right now, in its current state of growth, the thing that sets Pearland apart is it’s unique. It’s exploding and going through an interesting time. It’s a town that used to be a one-cow town, a sleepy town, and all of a sudden is faced with the excitement and challenges of becoming a real city. 58 L O C A L | may 15 What do you think could be improved? Pearland is losing “Pearland.” As it grows it’s losing that local reflection of itself; it’s turning into every other town. The current city government has invested in bringing in national huge companies that are industrial, but in doing that they aren’t developing smaller businesses which are unique to every town. More balance, I suppose, would be my answer. What are you most proud of regarding your neighborhood? Pearland has become incredibly diverse and that diversity has put me in touch with super amazing people. I think Pearland has really cool people. And achievers. We have a big population of professional athletes who live here and there’s a reason for that. Our high school sports teams are frequently competitors at the state level. Dad’s Club Little League has sent two teams to the Little League World Series in the last five years. It’s friendly. It’s safe. We have good schools. The changing demographics of Pearland, that is one of the things that I’m most proud of.