Larry has been keeping track of local bloggers' responses to this piece of shinola. Here's another one for you, from the aforementioned Owen Courreges, who does a nice job of debunking the notion that Houston is all brown and no green.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 11, 2002 to Elsewhere in Houston
Erica suggested in the comments to my post on this that Larry, Ginger and I write a letter to the NYT to set them straight. Tiffany told me she agreed with this, saying that unless a few articulate Houstonians speak up, the average NYT reader will think he or she has read an accurate report. I'll try to compose a letter in the next day or so, and when I do I'll post a copy here.