Earlier this month the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance met to discuss a plan that would keep us (and our energy industry) from going underwater in the event of a catastrophic storm surge. Unfortunately, according to storm watchers, the Gulf Coast is likely to get hit by a major storm every 15 y ... More >>
Just last month a Caribbean Princess cruise had to cut itstrip short. It returned to Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadenaa day early so folks from the Centers for Disease Control could investigate what caused 181 passengers and 11 crew members to get sick, a nast little bug called norovirus.&nbs ... More >>
City decides to go along to get along with Houston's strip clubs.
According to the Twitter feed of Janice Evans, the Director of Communications for Mayor Annise Parker, the city signed a deal today that will allow "gentleman's" clubs to go topless again and allow lap dances previously prevented by the three-foot rule. The deal includes provisions for the creation ... 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 >>
You fight in multiple wars, finally get retirement and all you have to show for it is rust and a robot fish. Such is life for the weary Battleship Texas, one of the few battleships left in the world that fought in both World Wars. The ship sits as a museum near the San Jacinto Monument and despite c ... More >>
Last week, many were surprised -- some even perplexed -- to see our beloved city on the annual New York Times list of places to visit in 2013. Houston was number seven on a list of 46 that included Rio, Amsterdam, Singapore, Hawaii's Big Island, Oslo, Bangkok and Paris. Yes, we were on a "must visit ... More >>
Lactation not related to giving birth.
Stiffer charges reinstatedIt seemed a little bogus when Occupy Houston protesters got hit with felony charges for their typical blocking of a street during a Port of Houston event earlier this month and, indeed, the serious charges were quickly dropped. Any celebration has been short-lived, ... More >>
Action this day.The Occupy Houston protesters took to the Port of Houston today, with about 70 people showing up and several arrests made for blocking a service road, according to some estimates. HPD and the sheriff's office were out in force, including mounted patrols, and seemed to have a ... More >>
HCSOGive me more money, Garcia said.Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia told a congressional subcommittee today that he needs more cash to protect the Port of Houston. "At the end of the day, it comes down to the ability of someone to patrol in a patrol boat or a patrol car," he told the Ho ... More >>
Rusty Hardin with another client who wants everything out in the open.One thing you can say about the Port of Houston -- they don't like questions. Any reporter in town who's tried to deal with them on anything but a fawning story quickly finds that getting straight and full answers can often ... More >>
We noted last month the interesting sidelight to the big Disney announcement that they'd be sailing a cruise ship out of Galveston -- that sidelight being that Disney was flipping the bird to the Port of Houston's boondoggle of a cruise terminal. KTRK's ever-intrepid Wayne Dolcefino has now taken a ... More >>
North-south cycling trails could be a go!
M-I-C -- See you real soon....Good news if you're the type of person who enjoys a Disney cruise, and may God have mercy on your tortured soul if you do: Galveston is one of the new ports of call. Disney announced today that beginning in September 2012, a dozen seven-night cruises each year w ... More >>
You don't want to go in thereIf you're a woman working the ships at the Port of Houston, don't drink a lot of coffee. Otherwise, you're dealing with this: On the door it says "Women's Room." The lock is broken on the inside, so you walk in to a darkly painted, dimly lit room. The broken toilet se ... More >>
It was 12 years ago when we first wrote of residents raising the alarm over the effects of the proposed giant Bayport terminal. Now the terminal is built and continues to expand, and people continue to criticize it.A Shoreacres couple has filed suit saying the terminal has forced them to endure " ... More >>
Is Houston about to become America's coffee capital?
Heartbroken fans of Clifford Pugh, Shelby Hodge and Heather "Shopgirl" Staible take solace -- the trio of ex-Chron lifestyle scribes have a new home online at Culture Map Houston, which debuted a few hours ago. "CultureMap, a new online magazine and "mapazine" -- the first of its kind -- headqua ... More >>
The winds (and resulting storm surge) of Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston, but it's wind that has helped the Port of Galveston get back into the black for the first time since the storm.Is that ironic, or is it more like rain on your wedding day? We're not sure. And Port CEO Steven Cernak doesn't rea ... More >>
There's a pile of rotting garbage (some optimistically call it "mulch", but if it's been there since Ike, it's garbage) festering in Pleasantville, near the Port of Houston. It's been there since Hurricane Ike converted large chunks of the city to debris back in September, and now it looks like the ... More >>
It's bad news when the state lists you as the absolute most dangerous county when it comes to deaths involving railroads.It's worse when you take into consideration the report doesn't even cover the treacherous, havoc-wreaking collision machine known as Metro's light-rail system.The Texas Rail & ... More >>
Dickensian fog has settled over Houston this morning, making the morning commute a hassle.But that's not all the problems it's causing.There are delays at the airport -- up to 45 minutes and increasing at Bush (Hobby seems to be doing better).Not only that, but ships are stacking up outside the Port ... More >>
The first of four House Select Committee on Hurricane Ike hearings kicked off this morning at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel. Chaired by Rep. Sylvester Turner (we like to call these the “Ike-Turner” hearings), the Committee’s goal, as explained by Turner, “is to come out of these hea ... More >>
And they said it would never happen. The brand-new $81 million cruise terminal at the Port of Houston's Bayport terminal is finished and has been able to handle ships for a while now. Not so's you'd notice, because no cruise companies have signed up to use it, as the Houston Chronicle reported. Bu ... More >>
They looked like normal drums, or at least normal drums that came from Ethiopia. Made of wood and leather, they were part of a shipment being inspected by federal agents at the Port of Houston late last week. An agent thought six of the drums seemed heavier than normal; he tapped on them and got o ... More >>
An image crisis in Fort Bend County
The Port praises itself, with omissions
Since 9/11, tanker sailors are having a tough time making it to dry land in Houston
Birders and the port are new buds seeking to block the proposed toll span at Bolivar
Thank J.R. Quinn for the gay celebrations
Casualties aren't easy to count in the continuing battle of Bayport
A bridge to Bolivar might be good for business -- but not for the birds
Lunch with Rory Miggins
Carlos Sosa promised to sell seized goods from the Port of Houston on the cheap. Many believed him. Until they learned he was a Customs Service snitch, and perhaps a con man on the side.
Welcome to the ballpark. And brown fields and barren expanses of a still-not-rejuvenated section of downtown.
Skeptics say the Port could break more pledges involving Bayport
The Port referendum means lots of jobs -- for consultants
Residents of this seaside neighborhood are about to be joined by a 1,000-acre port facility
When Sports Authority folks got around to estimating the worth of a "Port Park" by the ballpark, the numbers just kept getting bigger
Richard Farias wants to change the way HISD teaches middle school
Why are 8,000 Chinese soldiers standing guard outside of Katy? Ask Mr. Poon.
In the changing world of the Houston Ship Channel, one thing remains constant: Father Rivers Patout.