Play It Cool

100 Ways to Beat the Houston Heat

Summer may be our winter, but at least no one has to shovel the sunshine, so chill out—we’ll show you how.

06/20/2016 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt With Ellie Sharp, Marianella Orlando, Layne Lynch, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, Jeff Balke, and Alice Levitt

Ted the Head

Brutal Blows: Life After the NFL—and the Concussions, and the Addictions

From NFL superstar to table-busser to radio host, Ted Johnson searches for meaning in it all.

05/31/2016 By Jeff Balke

Weather Underground

Inside the Hidden World of the Downtown Tunnels

Where are Houston’s downtown denizens during the day? We walked 18,000 steps underground to find out.

05/31/2016 By Jeff Balke

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Fishermen (And the Wannabe Fishermen): Lake Livingston State Park

Think you can beat the record catch at Lake Livingston? You'll have to hook a 115-pound catfish first.

04/28/2016 By Catherine Matusow

Bayougraphy

Bobby Lee Hilton, Galveston Island Treasure

This 82-year-old historian and Hotel Galvez ambassador never gives the same tour twice.

03/31/2016 By Jeff Balke

Interview

New Mayor, New Priorities

Yes, there’s more on Sylvester Turner’s mind than potholes.

02/05/2016 By Jeff Balke

Editor's Note

Those Isabella Nights

Editing this year’s apartment guide brought back Midtown memories of my first real place.

02/05/2016 By Catherine Matusow

Best Bars 2016

The 5 Best Bars in the West and Northwest

Including the best bar for Mom to unwind with her friends.

02/01/2016 By Jeff Balke

Best Bars 2016

Where to Drink Right Now in Garden Oaks and Oak Forest

Including the best bar for your two- and four-legged children.

02/01/2016 By Jeff Balke

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

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

Best of Houstonia

65 Winter Must-Do’s

Explore the Houston that’s been in hibernation or stay inside and make hot cocoa—it’s up to you, but we’ll help you make the most of these precious cool months.

11/29/2015 By Houstonia Staff

Bayougraphy

A Matter of Conviction

Exonerated from death row and working for justice, Anthony Graves doesn’t have a moment to waste.

11/29/2015 By Jeff Balke

Basketball

Dunk the Halls

For Rockets fans, Christmas starts right on time.

11/29/2015 By Jeff Balke

Car Buyers’ Guide

Is There Anything These New Cars Can’t Do?

It’s about more than what’s under the hood these days, and the new high-tech vehicle features just keep coming.

11/03/2015 By Jeff Balke

Best of Houstonia

Car Buyers’ Guide 2015

What you need to know now if you’re in the market for a new car.

11/03/2015 By Jeff Balke, Nick Esquer, Sarah Rufca Nielsen, and Katharine Shilcutt

Bayougraphy

You Want It, You Got It

Tony Vallone dishes on how to survive 50 years in the Houston restaurant biz.

11/03/2015 By Jeff Balke Photography by Nathan Lindstrom

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

Outdoors

The Cyclist’s Guide to Houston

What are you waiting for? Gear up!

07/09/2015 Edited by Sarah Rufca Nielsen By Kyle Nielsen, Jeff Balke, and Trey Strange