Economic Development

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Texas Republican Thinks Cutting Aid to Central America Will Cut Immigration Influx Problem

    With an influx of women and children coming to the United States illegally from Central America, more money might soon be spent domestically while cutting down foreign aid. United States Representative Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) on Monday introduced H.R. 5014, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    The Problem With Saying "First World Problems"

    Over the past couple years, a new meme or slang phrase has entered our lexicon: "first world problem." It has now reached the tipping point of ubiquity where even your typically uncool friends have picked up on it and started saying it, despite the fact that those "in the know" have been throwing it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    The Texas Supreme Court is Interested in the Keystone Pipeline Case, Go Figure

    When the Texas Supreme Court agreed to take a look at the case, The Crawford Family Farm Partnership vs. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LLC. it's a fair bet that everyone and their dog thought the justices would have their minds made up before they even got the case file. Well, it seems everyone an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    App of the Week: Feel the Need for Speed with Speedtest

    App: Speedtest Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: Cost: Free Doors can be a problem. Some nights, when I'm sitting on my front porch, but I want to quickly check my e-mail, my wi-fi just spins. It's the door. It's getting in between my router and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    These Are Serious Issues: A First World Problems Playlist

    Twenty-seven seconds into the song posted above, Canadian rocker Matthew Good says the phrase "first world problems." It is, as far as most Internet detectives can tell, the first time that phrase was used in a piece of art. Good wasn't setting out to create a punchline that would be beaten to death ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    EarthQuest's Don Holbrook Threatens to Sue Critics into Submission

    We couldn't help but laugh our asses off at the latest move by EarthQuest "consultant" Don Holbrook to silence two of his loudest critics: Last week, he hired an Ohio attorney to send cease and desist letters to Garland, Texas, resident Heather Dobrott, who runs a site called, and to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    EarthQuest's Don Holbrook Sued by Ohio City for Alleged Fraud

    Don Holbrook, one of the masterminds behind the perpetually stalled New Caney clusterfuck known as EarthQuest, has been sued by the city of Huber Heights, Ohio, for allegedly performing a substandard economic analysis for the city. The city, located just northeast of Dayton, entered into a $66,000 ... More >>

  • News

    April 12, 2012

    Fantasy Land

    A green amusement park was supposed to bring prosperity to New Caney, but so far, only a few have profited. And it still exists only on paper.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Kyle Field: Aggies Consider Tearing It Down

    Here's a thing we never expected to hear from Texas A&M, which usually guards tradition like it's the essence of life: They're looking at tearing down Kyle Field. We're not saying Kyle Field shouldn't be replaced -- it's been added onto haphazardly enough to be a strange facility, and there is no d ... More >>

  • News

    October 6, 2011

    Miracle Faker

    Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.

  • News

    September 15, 2011

    Houston and the Blues

    Viva the Houston Blues Scene.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    What the Hell Is a Churkey?

    bbc.comMy, those little turkens sure do look delicious!​What has the body of a chicken, the head of a turkey, and is bred for its skills in magic? Okay, so that last one's a rip on Napoleon Dynamite, but there really is such a beast, originating in the far corners of Eastern Europe. Recently ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    The Heights-Area Walmart's 380 Agreement: Council Voted On A Draft Version?

    The Heights Walmart deal worked despite missing documents from the developer. That's sure to drive some people crazy​Hair Balls obtained new e-mails this week that reveal an interesting detail about the controversial 380 agreement between the city and developer Michael Ainbinder: The application, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    City's Housing Department Axes 29 Jobs

    Got to live within its means​The city's Department of Housing and Community Development has cut 29 jobs due to budget strains and will begin a restructuring "that will restore financial integrity, improve performance and facilitate expansion of the mission to include a new focus on community devel ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    Peanut Butter Miracles

    Amid the chaos that is Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff has made ending child malnutrition her life's work.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Annise Parker Appoints Committee To Study Continental Merger; Problem Solved

    Some mellow mood music for the panel​Continental Airline's decision to merge with United and base itself out of Chicago wasn't very good news.But fret not: A committee has been appointed to study the situation.Mayor Annise Parker has announced the economic impact of the merger will be examined by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    "Debt-Relief" Companies Get Hit By Lawsuit

    Robert Lock, slapped with an injunction​The West Virginia Attorney General has sued an alleged debt settlement company we investigated in December. However, one of the company's founders had told us the company -- predicated on the belief that when you get a credit card, the bank owes yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The Dynamo Stadium Plan Is Magic

    ​The greatest plan ever has been unveiled.Using absolutely no public funding, the city, by April 1, 2012, will get a 20,000 seat, $80 million Dynamo soccer/Texas State Southern University football stadium that will create a new section of downtown, which will undoubtedly boom with economic growth, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Here's One Vote Against A New Dynamo Stadium

    ​So the Houston Dynamo are upset that Harris County hasn't yet given them money for their planned pleasure palace. Well cry me a river.I'm not sure if the Dynamo have noticed, but there's a rather severe recession going on in the country right now. And though the Dynamo are only asking for ten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    How Not To Repair Your Credit

    ​You might think that a business couldn't squeeze much money out people who are tens of thousands of dollars in debt, but where there's a will, and perhaps a paucity of ethics, there's a way.This week's Houston Press cover story takes a look at a rift between two "debt invalidation" companies, in ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    What Was And Wasn't In The Candidate Biographies Of that Latest Mayor's-Race Poll

    ​As we noted yesterday, most Houstonians have no idea who they want for their next mayor. A poll shows more than two-thirds don't favor any of the candidates, partly as a result of financially crimped campaigns that haven't been able to advertise much yet.Houstonians who were called for the poll a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Silver Lining Huh?

    The U.S. Housing and urban Development Department has announced it won’t allow anyone to be foreclosed upon if they live in the areas affected by Hurricane Ike – at least not for now. HUD Secretary Steve Preston announced today that his agency will send disaster assistance of the sort that prov ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2008


    August Wilson offers up his own ‘70s show

  • News

    November 29, 2007

    Kyoto Protocol: Chill Out

    Skeptical environmentalist Bjrn Lomborg questions the Kyoto Protocol's effectiveness

  • Calendar

    October 4, 2007

    “A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City”

    Interactive exhibit presented by Doctor’s without Borders

  • News

    November 10, 2005

    From Houston with Love

    The city sends a special something to Africa

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Caring for Clairice

    A naked woman's traffic death rekindles concerns about Shed

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Taxing Miss Daisy

    Previous tax bills and blighted properties haunt the city housing director

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Close Quarters

    Questions about conflicts of interest and motives cloud a $77 million city housing deal

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Tax Lean

    Want a subsidy for your corporate expansion? Local governments are ready with millions in property-tax abatements -- and very little oversight.

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    The Dispossessed

    When HISD starts deciding whose homes to take, schoolkids are the only messengers. The Moríns learned that lesson too late.

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    Broken Promises

    Fourth Ward residents are left with a harsh reality

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    Dubious Deal

    Special tax zones are already stimulating growth-a thriving cottage industry of attorneys, lobbyists, high paid consultants, developers and questionable financial projections

  • News

    July 29, 1999


    The city of Houston is being carved into special taxing districts, promising windfalls for some, financial burdens for others

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    Inner-city Shootout

    Neartown braces for the ultimate development war at City Hall

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Castles for Welfare Kings

    Come 2023, Rice Hotel redevelopers can own their federally assisted project for a cool $1,000

  • News

    March 26, 1998

    Situational Ethics

    As Jew Don Boney has moved upward in public life, have his values changed to meet his needs rather than those of his constituents?

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    No Shame

    Real people are being evicted from the Fourth Ward. And real people are responsible for their plight.

  • Dining

    January 29, 1998
  • News

    July 31, 1997

    Fourth Ward or Bust

    Houston Renaissance still hasn't secured private financing to redevelop the Fourth Ward, and its time may be running out

  • News

    April 3, 1997

    Fighting the Renaissance

    A family battles to save its land -- and a homeless shelter -- from an urban-renewal juggernaut

  • News

    March 13, 1997
  • News

    January 30, 1997

    The Great Land Grab

    A nonprofit "charity" is pursuing millions in taxpayers' money to redevelop the Fourth Ward. The question for Houston Renaissance is, charity for whom?

  • News

    November 28, 1996

    Midtown Jamboree

    Why let a few conflicts of interest get in the way of a grand redevelopment scheme?

  • News

    September 26, 1996

    Mr. Stevens' Neighborhood

    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.

  • News

    April 18, 1996
  • News

    December 14, 1995

    Lenwood Johnson's Last Stand

    APV is more than his home. It's his life. No wonder he can't let it go without one final struggle.

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