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1999 Stories by Brian Wallstin

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  • Houston's Big Experiment

    published December 30, 1999

    The offices of Ironwood Homes are in an upstairs bedroom of a display house on Hidalgo Street, a half-mile southeast of the Galleria. It's a small... More >>

  • Zoned Out

    published December 16, 1999

    Opponents of Houston's special taxing districts applaud a new Texas Attorney General's opinion that says such zones should be restricted to... More >>

  • No Secrets

    published November 25, 1999

    John Griffith has been a psychiatrist for 40 years, during which time, like all physicians, he has had to stay abreast of the latest treatments... More >>

  • Placed in the Discard Pile

    published October 28, 1999

    Cynthia Flood has lived in the Fourth Ward most of her 38 years, the last nine in a cockeyed two-story rent house at 1809 Wilson Street. Cynthia's... More >>

  • Broken Promises

    published October 28, 1999

    On the morning of July 19, 1997, about 75 people gathered in the chapel of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Clay Street to talk about how... More >>

  • Working Every Angle

    published September 9, 1999

    In the spring of 1996, city planning director Bob Litke had a problem: Under what circumstances should the city give public money to... More >>

  • Dubious Deal

    published August 5, 1999

    If developer Greg Baxter never gets a dime of the $10 million in public money he needs to carry out his City Park project along White Oak Bayou,... More >>

  • Landrush

    published July 29, 1999

    Rarely has the absurdity factor at City Hall been so high as on June 22, when in a public session of the Houston City Council it was revealed that... More >>

  • Dealing with Adversity

    published June 3, 1999

    There are at least two indisputable truths about vaccinations. Next to clean water, nothing else has had such a significant impact on public... More >>

  • Immune to Reason

    published June 3, 1999

    Like most people, Glenda Matheny didn't know much about hepatitis B, but when the family pediatrician recommended that her then-14-year-old... More >>

  • Allen Parkway Village: The Movie

    published May 6, 1999

    The big yellow backhoe reared up and, with a hydraulic bang, slammed its wicked-looking claw into the building. Nothing happened. It... More >>

  • Hosing Housing

    published April 15, 1999

    In January 1995, shortly after Bob Lanier was sworn in as mayor of Houston for the second time, another anointment of some significance took place... More >>

  • Preparing for the Millennium

    published April 8, 1999

    This is a story about the coming millennium, and it begins in the Texas Hill Country, somewhere west of Austin. It hasn't rained in weeks, and,... More >>

  • City Pork Project

    published March 11, 1999

    When Greg Baxter needed to cut a deal with the city for a road through his proposed City Park development along White Oak Bayou, he of course... More >>

  • Fatal Illness Claims Renaissance

    published February 25, 1999

    Houston Renaissance Inc., the nonprofit organization formed by a group of real estate professionals to rehabilitate Fourth Ward, died last week at... More >>

  • Public and Private Doug

    published February 25, 1999

    Now that Houston Renaissance is, as they say, pushing up daisies, the nonprofit's project to rebuild Fourth Ward has been turned over to Doug O.... More >>

  • Inner-city Shootout

    published February 4, 1999

    Twenty years ago, not long after she moved from San Francisco, Gayle Ramsey and her neighbors in Montrose wanted some potholes fixed but were told... More >>

  • Looking for Answers Down Below

    published January 21, 1999

    Greg Baxter has been in the real estate business since the age of 14, when he started working as a laborer for his father's company, Baxter... More >>

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