West University Place

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    The 5 Least Charitable Zip Codes in Houston

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published a report on charitable giving throughout the U.S. culled from Census information. The report noted that charitable giving among wealthier Americans is down and that the most poor citizens give a larger percentage of their income to charity than the ri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Barrence Whitfield & the Savages at Under the Volcano, 1/15/2013

    Barrence Whitfield & the Savages Under the Volcano January 16, 2014 The tremors felt in Rice Village, Southampton, and West University Place last night were not small earthquakes related to fracking. All that shook-up vibration emanated from a little five-piece combo known as Barrence Whitfield and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    West University Warns Residents: Hawks May Kill Your Beloved Pets

    West University has issued an ominous warning to residents: Your beloved small pets might get carted off by a hawk. "There has recently been a resident report of hawks or other large birds of prey nesting in the central portion of West University Place, seen near the intersection of Auden and Plumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Miles Michael Lacy: West U-Bred Former UH Linebacker Popped for Impersonating a Cop in BMW

    A West University Place man was arrested after pretending to be a cop on the Katy Freeway. Unfortunately for 22-year-old Miles Michael Lacy, one of the people he attempted to pull over was a real off-duty cop. According to a criminal complaint filed on February 24, the incident took place on Januar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Three Charged in Another Midtown Barroom Beatdown

    Hard on the heels of another Midtown brawl, three young men have been charged with felony aggravated assault/serious bodily injury after a December 20 beatdown at Celtic Gardens on Louisiana Street in Midtown. Steven Weil and Grant Woodruff, both 22 and from Bellaire, and Joey Arcidiacono, also 22 ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011

    Towering Townes

    Fifteen years after the death of a legend, there are a few stories left untold.

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    West U & The Galleria: The Most Rat-Infested Places In Town?

    Rats stay in only the best neighborhoods in Houston.​D-Con, the pest-control people, have released a survey of the "Rattiest Neighborhoods" in Houston. In reality, it seems more like "The Neighborhoods Rich Enough To Call d-Con if they see a mouse or rat." The company says "approximately 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    William Radovan Tyler: River Oaks Teen Accused of Destructive West U, Bellaire Raids

    William Radovan Tyler​He came howling out of the north, under cover of darkness, like a Viking raider of yore. And soon the legends passed among the villagers in the peaceful homesteads of Bellaire and West University Place would tell of a young man who knew not terror for his own. Nay, he kne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Downtown West U Now Sports A Drug Corner, Chain E-mail Warns

    Omar comin', yo, to West U​"Body Bag! Got that Body Bag right here!" "Yellow Top! Who wants to get up on that Yellow Top!" "Yo, G, want some o' that Sheed Wallace? Got that Sheed Wallace, yo!" If that sounds like a scene from The Wire to you, if you are so naive that you think such brazen d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​It's been a week of good news, which is a rare and precious thing around here. No real closings to report, only a few openings and some chef shuffles, which makes for a happy Friday around these parts. News that San Antonio's Freetail Brewing Co. is planning a three-story brewpub in downtown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    The Sex Offenders In Five Ritzy Houston Zip Codes

    If you live in the Houston area, chances are good there's a sex offender living nearby. That's no matter how well-off your zip code is. The Department of Public Safety's sex offender registry allows you to look up sex offenders by zip code; we chose some of the best neighborhoods in town and took ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Mud Flies in West U City Council Election; Incumbent George Boehme Accused of Drunkenness

    Jim Shields plays in the band, yo.​It's election season in West University Place, and in the race for city council, shit just got real. In one corner, there's incumbent George Boehme, a sometime restaurateur, amateur Negro Leagues historian and daredevil tree surgeon. In the other corner, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Former State Rep Ellen Cohen Gearing Up for a Council Race?

    Ellen Cohen doesn't sound like she's ready for retirement​With Anne Clutterbuck term-limited out of representing her posh and semi-posh southwest side district in 2011, who's going to take her place? Former state rep Ellen Cohen, fresh off being a victim of the GOP tsunami, apparently is read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    The Five Most Sex Offender-Riddled Zip Codes In Houston

    ​We'll get to our list of the five zip codes with the most sex offenders in Houston, but first let's discuss other areas of note. Outside of one of the zips in the list that follows, the area with the most sex offenders inside the loop is zip code 77009, which takes in both the Woodland Heig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Coyotes And Bobcats Invade Area Yuppie Enclaves

    ​Back in 2004, we covered the battle of man vs. coyote in League City. Now it appears the wily canines have moved the battlefront closer to town.WestUInstantNews picks up the, um, tail: Coyotes and bobcats have recently been spotted prowling the border of Bellaire and West University Place, prom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Houston 101: The End Of Gaslight Video Spells The Final Demise Of The West U. Tenderloin

    ​With the recent verdict against Eugene Etheridge and the permanent closure of his infamous Gaslight Video on Bellaire Boulevard in the West University area, an era has drawn to a close. No longer can the 3500 block of Bellaire be accurately described as the Red Light District of West University P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    West U? They're Robbing Banks In West U?

    Famous bank robber Willie Sutton -- who lived in a time when bank robbers became famous -- was once asked why he robbed banks."Because that's where the money is," he replied.So probably we shouldn't be surprised that Houston's rash of bank robberies (it's been a record-setting year) has come to incl ... More >>

  • News

    June 10, 2004
  • News

    February 19, 2004

    Race for the House

    Chris Bell finds it's lonely being white on this campaign trail

  • News

    September 11, 2003


    Here's how Metro wants to sell us on light rail

  • News

    November 14, 2002

    Bush Envy

    When Democrats try to impersonate Republicans, the results ain't pretty

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Dead Heat

    Veteran Danburg tries to hang on against Wong in the new 134th District

  • Dining

    December 13, 2001

    Party Like It's 1982

    The Gatsby's Sauza Cosmopolitan

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    Squashing the Competition

    Cleburne Cafeteria

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Club Sandwich

    Edloe St. Café & Deli

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Chow Time

    Could the Food Network finally be coming to Time-Warner's analog offerings?

  • News

    May 24, 2001

    GOP Mayoral Pipe Dreams

    West U rejected them, so how will they ever win Houston's City Hall?

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    The Party's Over

    A classic Houston hell-raiser dies after two decades of debauchery

  • News

    April 12, 2001


    Overkill, Saint Joe, Pick of the Litter

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Cafeteria

    Cleburne Cafeteria

  • Dining

    June 29, 2000

    Expect the Wurst


  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Still Stumbling

    Houston Chronicle faces the Hispanic community and anchor confustion

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    Shame, Shame, Shame

    Judge Ted Poe's shame-based punishments have brought him fame and the D.A.'s job...if he wants it

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    You Gotta Want It

    And other lessons for the Sharpstown All-Stars

  • News

    April 16, 1998

    Tales From the IRS

    Three stories of taxman terror

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    Stolen and Forged

    The check is in the mail takes on a whole new meaning in West University Place

  • News

    September 11, 1997
  • News

    July 31, 1997
  • News

    June 26, 1997

    Besieged by the Bay

    Beset by skyrocketing tax assessments and wary of encroaching development, property owners in San Leon-Bacliff wonder if their "poor man's Riviera" may soon go the way of other waterfront zones along Galveston Bay.

  • News

    February 13, 1997
  • News

    February 6, 1997
  • News

    December 26, 1996
  • News

    December 12, 1996
  • News

    August 15, 1996
  • News

    February 29, 1996

    Rim Shots

    A basketball hoop strikes terror into the hearts of some Bellaire residents

  • News

    April 13, 1995

    Class War

    The "neighborhood school" concept is a simple one. But not in River Oaks.

  • Music

    August 18, 1994

    Fairness Doctrine

    In music, as in law, David Rodriguez tries to fit things together

  • News

    August 4, 1994

    A Gay Old Time at Fuzzy's

    In a turnabout, homosexuals raid a police bar

  • News

    August 4, 1994
  • News

    July 28, 1994

    Rudy T Drives the Lane

    In Clutch City, nothing's too good for our champions

  • More >>