Parks and Historic Sites

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Zapruder Analysis: WAC Post-Game Fight

    There's a scene in the Tom Cruise movie Far and Away (Yes, I know, I know...on the list of Cruise movies, this one is a tad obscure. It's like talking about the 2009 NBA Draft and bringing up Eric Maynor instead of James Harden or Blake Griffin.) when the home of the wealthy Irish landlord is burnt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Cover Story: Fighting for Control

    Buffalo Bayou has been a controversy that hits at the very heart of Houston for decades. It all started in the 1960s, when a group of concerned citizens, mostly wealthy and well-connected, learned that the Harris County Flood Control District planned to cement and channelize a vein of Buffalo Bayou ... More >>

  • News

    November 14, 2013

    The Doomed Dome

    Tearing Down Our Colosseum?

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2013

    The Astrodome is Our Roman Colosseum and We're Going to Tear It Down

    When the Roman Colosseum was built, it was a sports stadium, the first like it and a spectacle like nothing seen before. It was iconic beyond what took place inside, but the atrocities and spectacular events that did occur inside the building added to its mystique. It became a symbol for Rome, so mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life

    With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did. A government shutdown hasn't happene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: The Death Train

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Upcoming Events: $10 Wine-Tasting Class for Dad & a BBQ Book Signing

    Give Dad an early Father's Day gift by signing him up for the Wine Workshop: Wines for Father's Day -- "An ode to Dad" at Central Market this Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. This demonstration class is run by the Central Market Beer & Wine Experts, who will take each participant on a tour through the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    The Great Taj Mahal, Still Whistlin' the Blues

    It's been a long time so it's hard to remember exactly, but some time in the winter of 1970-71, Taj Mahal played the Houston Music Hall. Between 1968 and 1971, he had put out five albums and become a staple of the hippie music scene. Yet with his soulful reinterpretations, permutations and homages ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    Houston 101: Will Hogg, Houston's Forgotten, Eccentric and Downright Badass Philanthropist

    What better time than Memorial Day to remember Will Hogg, the man who founded Memorial Park? If that (and the Arboretum) was all Will Hogg gave Houston, that would rank as one of the grandest local legacies anyone has ever achieved. But Will Hogg did so much more. He founded and developed River Oa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Protecting Trees During the Drought: The Good News and the Bad News

    The drought has taken its toll on Houston area plant life of all kinds, but the potential damage this drought could cause to trees seems to generate the most worry among residents. Despite the fact that people who have never visited Houston have the impression we are a dusty cow town akin to Dry Gul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Cigarettes Banned in City Parks?

    Coming soon to a park near you?​First they came for your barbecue grills, and you didn't speak out because you just microwave your meals. Now they may be coming for your cigs. Discussion at City Council today included talk of banning smoking in city parks because of the fire danger brought o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    No BBQing in City Parks Until Drought Lifts

    Not in city parks, buddy.​Houston parks are usually fragrant on the weekends with the smell of families barbecuing up their favorite dishes. They won't be for now, and probably for quite some time. Mayor Annise Parker announced a ban on all barbecuing and grilling in city parks because of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Scary Wildfire Video Of Bastrop State Park

    All but about 100 acres of the 6,000-acre Bastrop State Park have been blackened by fire, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says, and they've posted this video to show why. With surprising alacrity, a fire creeps across the land, with nothing to stop it and wind to push it along. And that is w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2011
  • News

    February 24, 2011

    Ruins in the Park

    The search for remnants of Houston's past

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    I Think We're Alone Now, Except for the Mega Pythons

    My cup runneth over.​I realize Egypt is in chaos and everyone north of the Mason-Dixon line is going to be flash frozen like a bag of Birds Eye broccoli florets and Charlie Sheen is apparently the reincarnation of Grigori Rasputin, but that is no excuse, no excuse, for the criminal lack of att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Neil "Bigmista" Strawder Returns to Texas for a Good Cause

    Photos by GroovehouseRev. Chester J. Makowski, Vicar of St. Augustine and Neil "Bigmista" Strawder share a laugh in the church's kitchen.​"My momma told me the church was gonna have a celebrity barbecue," recalled Neil "Bigmista" Strawder as he stood heads and shoulders above everyone else in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Texas Traveler: Stonehenge II on the Move

    Flickr photo by mlhradio​Stonehenge II, the worse-for-the-wear roadside attraction Texas Traveler visited early last year, is getting a new home and a new coat of paint, thanks to a local arts organization. The replica, two-thirds the size of the prehistoric original, was built in a corn fiel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Texas Parks Are Like A Tea Party: White, Old & Cranky

    ​People visiting Texas parks are like a Tea Party convention -- they're white, old and cranky.That's not quite the spin the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department puts on the results from their latest customer survey, but it seems pretty clear to us.TPWD surveyed 27,000 customers over five years an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010

    Houston Arboretum at Night: Family Owl Prowl

    Go into the dark with some furry, flying creatures

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009

    ArBOOretum 2009

    Do something different, trick-or-treating through the woods

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2009

    "Topiary Text Lead"

    Web exclusive

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    Sweat Your Ass Off Tomorrow Helping The New Buffalo Bend Nature Park

    Got a couple of hours to spare Wednesday morning? The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is looking for some "heat-resistant" volunteers to help put in 9,000 wetland plants at the still under-construction nature park, Buffalo Bend Nature Park. (Okay, with that many plants it might take a little more tha ... More >>

  • Music

    April 30, 2009
  • Calendar

    February 12, 2009
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    December 25, 2008

    Cool Critters Camp

    Web exclusive!

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Campfire Christmas

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    The Saddest Press Release

    Presented without comment, from the Harris Couty Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office: HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL CANCELED Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack's office is canceling the annual Hummingbird Festival at the Kleb Woods Nature Center originally scheduled for Saturd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2008

    Should The Feds Help Save Galveston's Beaches?

    Maintaining Texas beaches is a costly proposition. We're not talking about litter; we mean erosion. But a new study by the director of research and development for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says we better get on the job. Writing for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, which ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    “Chen Changfen: The Historic Wall” and “Fernando Castro: Reasons of State”

    One photographer likes his shots without people, one likes them with

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    February 7, 2008

    Kathy Kelley’s Suckling Is Continuous

    Rubbers, nipples, sucking mouths. Now that we have your attention: reduce, reuse, recycle

  • Calendar

    December 2, 2004


    Stroll the knolls with the Houston Happy Hikers

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    December 18, 2003

    Whooping It Up

    Endangered cranes have come to winter on the Texas coast

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Role Model

    Terry Hershey

  • Calendar

    September 18, 2003

    Wet World

    Texas Master Naturalists give kids a peek at life in the gulf

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Place to See Bambi

    Armand Bayou Nature Center

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Local TV News Reporter

    Wayne Dolcefino, KTRK-TV, Channel 13

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Drive-thru Bank

    Bank of America

  • News

    August 19, 1999
  • News

    March 11, 1999

    City Pork Project

    Residents look for answers but find only a developer's arrogance

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Looking for Answers Down Below

    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

  • News

    April 30, 1998
  • Calendar

    January 15, 1998
  • Calendar

    December 18, 1997
  • News

    September 11, 1997
  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Time to Sow

    A man named Verious plants a seed, and a vision takes root in the Third Ward

  • Calendar

    January 18, 1996
  • Music

    January 11, 1996

    Wordless Wonders

    Death Valley does its talking through its playing

  • Calendar

    December 30, 1993
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