Homeland

How Houston Became the Country’s Most Welcoming City for Refugees

The Syrian refugee crisis has shed light on Houston's open door policy.

02/05/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Take Off

Houston's Runway to Hobby Airport Gets a Much-Needed Facelift

There's no such thing as a good second impression.

01/12/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Traffic

The End of the Road for 290 Traffic?

Commuters may not have to cringe at the sight of US 290 anymore.

01/05/2016 By Jeff Balke

Intersections

Intersections: Canal & Navigation

Diving into the East End neighborhood that’s a hub for tamales, tree-shaded parks and viral t-shirts.

01/05/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Shooting from the Hip

Here's a List of the Houston Restaurants and Grocery Stores Allowing Open Carry

Some restaurants are offering open-carry discounts as of Jan. 1 while others are banning weapons altogether.

12/30/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

#SLGT

The Taste of Heights Honey

Is the loss of a sense of place worth the cost of mass production?

12/28/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Religion 2.0

In a Storied Downtown Concert Hall, a New Church Takes Root

City Church at the House of Blues isn't your grandmother's Sunday service.

12/04/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Winter Wonderland

Turn on the Bright Lights

A long holiday tradition in a revitalized neighborhood, home to some of Houston's best Christmas light-viewing.

11/29/2015 By Jeff Balke

Dept. of Fact Checking

Is Houston’s Population Really About to Surpass Chicago’s?

Everyone’s saying it, so it must be true...right?

11/29/2015 By Steven Devadanam

Whatacluster

Local Businesses Brace for Open Carry

Restaurants and other area businesses prepare for the fight to bear arms.

11/03/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Charity

When Once-A-Year Volunteers Strike

‘Tis the season for giving back—but what happens when there’s a surplus of samaritans?

11/03/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Dept. of Editorial Justice

We’re With the Banned

A discovery that Houstonia is prohibited in Texas jails illuminates the often-arbitrary rules governing what prisoners can—or can’t—read.

11/03/2015 By Lonna Dawson

Battle of the Bulge

The Grocery Store Wars Have Only Just Begun

Local stalwarts and national newcomers struggle to outdo each other in a fight over the Houston’s supermarket dollars.

09/29/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Exhibits

Facing Threats, Real and Imagined, at the HMNS

A new exhibit from the National Spy Museum examines the friction between America and American ideals.

09/29/2015 Photography by Nick Esquer

Surreal Estate

Phobia Haunted House Scrambles to Find a New Home for Halloween

Terror has a new address. Maybe.

09/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Photo Essay

Port of Hope

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, sending thousands of evacuees to the Astrodome, we catch up with four people who were there.

09/01/2015 Photography by Katya Horner By Jeff Balke

Slow Commotion

Our Patience for Trains is Running Thin

Why do so many freight trains run through the center of an otherwise modern metropolis?

09/01/2015 By Jeff Balke

The Cyclist’s Guide to Houston

The Other Three-Foot Rule

In a car-friendly city, cyclist-rights activists are demanding attention—and saving lives.

07/09/2015 By Jeff Balke

The Cyclist’s Guide to Houston

Me, Myself and Bike

Discovering the Houston that drivers never see

07/09/2015 By Kyle Nielsen as told to Sarah Rufca