Urban Planning

  • 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

    March 29, 2013

    State Seeking To Close Rollover Pass After Almost 60 Years, To Residents' Regret

    Back in the rum-smuggling days, runners used to head for the narrowest, shallowest spit of land blocking the Gulf of Mexico from entering Galveston Bay. They're roll their barrels over the land, which became known as Rollover Pass. In 1955 the state dredged the site in order to improve fishing and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Walmart Development Compromising Yale Street Bridge Stability, Critics Say

    Jeff Jackson, director of Responsible Urban Development for Houston, thinks that something apocalyptic could happen to the Yale Street Bridge, especially when construction of the controversial new Heights-area Walmart is completed. In November, the Texas Department of Transportation performed a st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Rick Perry's "Emergencies": An Agenda Set by Tea Party Talk Radio

    Rick Perry: A Randolph Mantooth for our time​Another day, another Rick Perry "emergency": This time it's forcing women seeking abortions to have sonograms. You are forgiven if you are a Texas resident -- wondering how the hell the state is going to fund education, critical social services, hi ... More >>

  • 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

    October 25, 2010

    Heights-Area Walmart: Self-Created Traffic Jams To Prove A Point

    Heights residents plan to stage a protest to show how bad traffic will be with a new Walmart. ​There hasn't been much noise lately about the Heights Walmart, except those embarrassing e-mails from city officials, but one group opposed to the development still has hopes that the project can be der ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Houston Pavilions: the Reviews Are In, And They're Not Good

    The Houston Pavilions, downtown's new, three-block $107 million retail/office project  is being called disappointing and "oddly retrograde" in the new issue of Cite, the quarterly journal of the Rice Design Alliance. Meanwhile, on Cite's blog, another prominent critic is saying the project lack ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Event That No One Thought Would Ever Happen

    Opening of the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway

  • 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

    December 30, 1999

    Houston's Big Experiment

    The city's first TIRZ set many precedents -- not all of them good

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    October 28, 1999

    Broken Promises

    Fourth Ward residents are left with a harsh reality

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    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

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    February 25, 1999
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    February 4, 1999

    Inner-city Shootout

    Neartown braces for the ultimate development war at City Hall

  • 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
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    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

    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.