Houston fiddles while its architectural and cultural heritage disappears
Or: Morning in the Garden of Do-Gooder Evil
The city of Houston is exploiting loopholes in state law to lavish big bucks on private developers
Special tax zones are already stimulating growth-a thriving cottage industry of attorneys, lobbyists, high paid consultants, developers and questionable financial projections
The city of Houston is being carved into special taxing districts, promising windfalls for some, financial burdens for others
The mayor who can't deliver bad news
The city doesn't seem to care that a Houston developer's plans for high-density apartments and a supermarket rest atop abandoned oil fields and possible contamination
Dollar-a-year mayoral assistant Michael Stevens has been given unprecedented power and funding to transform the inner city. And he answers to just one man.