It was 1996. Downtown was as yet pre-vitalized, Bayou Place still unopened, and the baseball stadium not even in the planning stages. The soon-to-boom downtown's powers-that-be approached a wary populace on bended knee, virtually begging Houston's good burghers to return home to downtown. In November of that year, City Council offered a carrot: free parking on Saturdays. The Municipal Courts Administration, which oversees parking matters, anticipated the change would benefit central city businesses... More >>>