Who’s Number One in the Permian Basin?

For generations Midland and Odessa have been going at it out in West Texas. Now, at last, someone has noticed.

From any decent distance these lonely sisters of the barren flat plain, these isolated twin mini-cities of the vast Permian Basin—Midland and Odessa—appear more alike than not. Their differences may seem paltry or superficial or not to exist at all to the visitor blasting across Interstate 10 toward Fort Worth or El Paso, for there is a peapod sameness—a tuneless monotony of brown land and anemic blue sky—in these baked badlands where often the wind grows angry and spits hot sand.

It is not country to invite most eyes or green most spirits, this outback land where

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