Last night, the local bicycle group BikeHouston held a Ride of Silence for bicycle riders killed riding city streets and roads. The local ride, which stated this year in Memorial Park, is part of a group of more than 300 cities worldwide. The ride followed the placement, three weeks ago of around ... More >>
For our 7th installment of the HoustoricProject we bring you the East End. The East End covers a vast area that starts at the eastern edge of downtown to the Port of Houston and South to Hobby Airport. The Eastwood Subdivision, one of Houston's first master-planned communities, turned 100 this year ... More >>
The expansion of METRORail has at times felt to be moving at a snail's pace, but progress is being made and it appears that all three of the new lines -- plus the extended "downtown" line -- will be in place by the end of 2014, including one much sooner. A few weeks ago, our photographer Groovehous ... More >>
As light rail progress on the new North, Downtown, East End and Southeast lines continue, there is a bevy of construction, particularly in the heart of downtown and the theater district. Remarkably, a lot of it is done. The North Line, which extends the current Red Line from UH Downtown out north to ... More >>
A slice of pie is best accompanied by a scoop of ice cream, or, as some argue, a slice of cheese. And apparently, a milkshake is best accompanied by a slice of pie. Given we live in a country in which we deep-fry Oreos and manufacture two-pound Snickers bars, I am not terribly shocked someone some ... More >>
The April 2012 arson at La Estrella won't be forgotten by those who've seen the security video of the event. The video shows two men who'd been kicked out of the crowded eastside bar calmly barricading the doors to the place, trapping the patrons still inside, and then setting fire to it. Luckily t ... More >>
Since 2004, anyone living or visiting the areas near Main Street, the Medical Center, the Museum District or Reliant Park has probably gotten to experience METRO Rail, for better or worse. Some ride it daily. Some get in accidents with it. Some just gawk. But, one of the busiest stretches of commute ... More >>
We like how the latest surveillance video released by Crime Stoppers begins: A dude standing outside a business, trying as hard as is humanly possible to look casual. You can almost hear him whistling, saying just loud enough for others to hear "Nothin' to see here, folks, move along..." and then j ... More >>
This past Saturday, East End residents celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a block party on Harrisburg -- steps away from where the new East End light rail line will soon be operating. The street festival, sponsored by the Greater East End District, featured performers such as Los Pistoleros de Tejas and ... More >>
Both suspects caught on video barricading the front door of a crowded bar and then setting it on fire have turned themselves in to authorities. First was Jaime Mata, who did most of the work captured on tape, who told police he was surrendering because "his face was all over the news," the Houston ... More >>
Salt, tequila and lime
KIDDING. But seriously, the fried chicken here is outstanding. Get that.For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the ... More >>
Offices a-closin'The U.S. Postal Service has announced it's thinking about shutting 3,700 locations across the country, many in small towns. But Houston would not be spared: A list of potential closings -- hilariously labeled the "Expanded Access Study List" -- shows nine sites in the city a ... More >>
More costs for the East End lineThe city of Houston has formally requested metro's board to use an underpass rather than an overpass at the intersection of Harrisburg and Hughes streets, an option that could add up to $23 million to the project. The so-called "All-Under" option will, Mayor A ... More >>
Eat at your own risk.I was running down Harrisburg when I spotted it. It stood out like a sore thumb, or a greasy thumb to be more accurate. "Food D Lite (7736 Harrisburg 713-928-7074) Chinese food and burgers" is what the sign read. I made a u-turn and pulled into the empty parking lot. The ... More >>
Readers respond to "The Man Who Sued the Pope."
Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>
Here's some video clips I took while researching this week's feature, "City of Coffee." The automated lines are inside the Maximus Coffee Plant on Harrisburg -- the old Maxwell House plant.
A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.
Stephanie Toppin tells her story (so far) in 64 abstract paintings
Photo by Olivia Flores AlvarezWhere: El Jardin, 7849 Harrisburg, 713-921-3633 What $13 gets you: enchiladas Mexicanas. Corn tortillas rolled in a tomato sauce, filled with white Mexican cheese, topped with more sauce, more cheese, cubed fried potatoes and grilled jalapeño slices, served with refri ... More >>
This artist sets up shop with items from his past
UH photography and digital media seniors explore the push and pull of relationships
I just can't get enough of Houston's East End/Second Ward/Ship Channel area, so that is where the latest installment of the Sole of Houston took us. I don't think I can recreate the route with anything more than about 90 percent accuracy, but my best guess is that it looked something like this.David ... More >>
Local artists get down and derby with their de-car-ations
Just a quick note to steer Sole readers over to David Beebe’s belated if totally awesome write-ups of the Broadway / Harrisburg jaunt here and here. – John Nova Lomax
A New York Times story on Tex-Mex left a lot of Houstonians wondering, "Why El Jardin?"
Photos by Robb Walsh Ever since I pulled over for a cold coconut on Harrisburg last month, I have been seeing Cocos Frios signs all over the city. I guess the cold coconut thing wasn't quite as big a novelty as I thought it was. There was a big crowd hanging around at a coconut vendor's stall ... More >>
Photos by Robb Walsh Coco Frio in Rio. Looking for a refreshing lunch sipper? Drop that Fanta. Step away from the Pabst. Food critic Robb Walsh has a treat for you -- and you don't have to worry about those pesky cans... Cold coconuts are cheaper than bottled water in Rio de Janeiro. The vendo ... More >>
A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure
Owner/operator of McDonald's, 6815 Harrisburg Boulevard, 713-928-5335
Old cemeteries rarely die. They just get buried under weeds, development and indifference.
Harrisburg Country Club
A ragtag "neighborhood association" hits revitalization where it hurts
Why have bus lines to Mexico bloomed all across the East End? Maybe because it's a family affair.
Can Buffalo Bayou beshaped into an economic redevelopment tool?