Urban Planning

Cornering the Futures Market

Four Houston think tanks have competing visions for the future. Which will be proven right?

05/31/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Playing It Cool

Should Air Conditioning Be a Basic Human Right?

Our city owes its life to A/C, and raises the question: is the unconditioned life worth living?

05/31/2015 By Catherine Matusow

News

Christian's Tailgate Contractor Among Those Killed in Monday Floods

Benefits planned for the family of Chris Kirby, who leaves behind a wife and two children.

05/28/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

News

Restaurants Across Houston Remain Closed Due to Flooding

Bernie's Burger Bus, Underbelly, Lopez and others are currently closed.

05/26/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

News

Houston Floods Overnight, Stranding Motorists and Closing Roads

City's worst natural disaster since 2001's Tropical Storm Allison

05/26/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

This Dam Business

The Addicks and Barker Dams Won’t Fail, Right?

If Houston ever faces disaster on a large scale, ground zero for the city’s destruction could lie just west of the Beltway.

05/06/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Photo Essay

Moment of Sleuth

A never-before-seen look at the death and afterlife of Houston’s new crime lab, once the worst in the United States, and increasingly a model in its field.

05/03/2015 By Michael Hardy Photography by Brian Goldman

News

IAH Catches Man Smuggling Cocaine in Bags of Chips and Cookies

Ever wondered what four pounds of smuggled cocaine looks like?

04/30/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Bayougraphy

Five Years Later, the BP Oil Disaster Still Haunts the Gulf Coast

In a world of offshore drilling and oil spills, wildlife biologist Donna Shaver is on the front lines of the struggle to protect coastal wildlife.

03/30/2015 By Maggie Berardo

Riding the Rail

The Offbeat Path: What to Do Off METRO’s New Green Line

Quirky restaurants, bars, galleries, and cultural spaces abound just a few blocks away from the Second Ward stop.

03/30/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ice House Interview

New Rail Lines and Bus Routes Mark a Turning Point for METRO

Houston’s mass transit system has quietly and intelligently adapted to meet the city’s growing needs.

03/30/2015 By Catherine Matusow

Boot Scootin' Buses

Don't Feel Like Driving to the Rodeo? Take the Bus—We'll Show You How

Great public transit options for Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo attendees

03/18/2015 By Andrew Husband

Brew News

Senfronia Thompson Introduces Bill to Reduce Craft Beer Distribution

Small breweries could suffer greatly if a piece of legislation proposed by a state representative from Houston passes into law.

03/17/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Humor

Nobody Passes Us in the Population Rankings

San Antonio may be on an annexation binge, but they’ve got nothing on Houston.

03/09/2015 By Michael Hardy

Humor

Diss and Franchise

Houstons are popping up everywhere. Isn’t it time we started protecting the brand?

03/09/2015

Immodest Proposals

Hey, Pool Guys—You’re Not Thinking Big Enough!

If Houston needs a swimming hole, then we’d better build the biggest darn swimming hole there is.

03/09/2015 By Jared Monmouth

news

City Looking for Public Input on New Arts Plan

The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs is in the midst of collecting public feedback about its new civic arts plan. But where's the Houston Arts Alliance?

02/25/2015 By Michael Hardy

Weighty Matters

Just How Fat Are We?

Like it or not, Houston’s “Fattest City in America” moniker has stuck. But is it true?

02/08/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

To The Skies

2014 the Busiest Year Yet for Houston Airports

International flights spur IAH growth, Hobby's future

01/28/2015 By Chris Abshire

Fitness 2015

Houston’s Hike & Bike Trails Await!

If all goes as planned, the city will soon have around 150 miles of continuous trails.

01/04/2015 By Michael Hardy