If a band ever personified the "Houston Sound," Los Skarnales would certainly need to be on that list. Last year group was inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame, after being Houston Press Music Award nominees and winners countless times. With shows that are always sweaty, soulful and a skanki ... More >>
It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>
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 >>
On Thursday, September 13, Liberty Kitchen bartender David Brown was riding his bicycle -- his main means of transportation -- down a busy stretch of Studemont that crosses White Oak Bayou when he lost his balance and plummeted 40 feet over the railing into the bayou below. Luckily for Brown, the r ... More >>
Houston Babylon, the feature that came out yesterday, dissects a few of the creepiest and most chilling events in Houston history. In coming up with four of those tales, we stumbled over many more -- too many to fit the print edition. All this week we'll bring you some extra, online-only stories. ... More >>
Homicide investigators are looking into the death of a man whose body was fished out of a northwest side bayou Sunday afternoon. An autopsy will be performed to determine both the cause of death and the identity of the victim, police say. The body was discovered near the 7000 block of Antoine abou ... More >>
The body of a man believed to have been homeless was found dead near White Oak Bayou on the far west side of town Monday morning, police say. The identity of the victim has not been released pending verification, but he is thought to have been between the ages of 60 and 65. He suffered blunt traum ... More >>
Tom McCasland has long believed that Houston is a sleeping giant of a bicycling city, and these days Houston appears to be waking up and stretching its legs. Today Yale Law grad McCasland serves as the interim head of the Harris County Housing Authority, but even before he began his previous positi ... More >>
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 >>
Lewd sexts to 14-year-old
Possums: Cute....from afarSome of us were praying for rain even before it was mandated to do so. Houston's been teased more than a frat boy lately, especially early this morning, when chances of actual rain were forecast in the lofty 30 percentages! At 6 a.m. storm clouds gathered and it even ... More >>
Ten years ago today it began. A Friday that didn't seem to hold any particular weather interest, maybe some rain, and then -- if you were in the wrong spot -- a rain to end all rains, it seems. Portions of Houston flooded like never before; other parts of the area didn't get hit much harder ... More >>
Help for floods, from a defunct private golf courseA defunct golf course on the northwest side of town will be converted to greenspace that will double as a detention pond during floods, Mayor Annise Parker announced today. The Inwood Forest golf course, near Antoine and West Little York, ha ... More >>
Murder, tacos and Perpetual Helpâ€‹Man, there has been a lot of water under the bridge since David Beebe and I last undertook a Sole of Houston stroll in December of 2008.For my part, there was a divorce, massive weight loss, and the ditching of pretty much all my vices. As for Beebe, the supe ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttAs heavy rain continues to fall across the Houston area, the usual suspects have begun to flood. Portions of Allen Parkway and I-45 north have been closed and the bayous continue their predictable rise. And even though it floods in Houston on a disconcertingly rou ... More >>
Sunday, the City of Houston will celebrate our fine country's independence from the Redcoats in the same way it does every single other year, with the self-proclaimed "Largest Land-Based Fireworks Show in the Nation," Freedom Over Texas. This year, the festival's blander-than-white-bread head ... More >>
2009 wasn't a great year for albums, but songs were a different story.
Photo by agent2nâ€‹Blame Obama if you're stuck in hopeless traffic on I-10 East at I-45 this weekend. I-10 East will be completely closed, due to that socialistic stimulus act.Best attempt to put a good spin on it, from TxDOT: "With progress there is often sacrifice and the work on I-10 East will be ... More >>
In Houston, bicycling is known as a killer sport.
In time for summer, the park's had a facelift.
It's becoming more affordable than ever to dine in our city's finest restaurants, and Rainbow Lodge is no exception to that rule. Three years ago, the long-time Houston institution moved from its original location into a charming rambler on White Oak Bayou just off Ella and is now under the expert g ... More >>
Photos by Amina Rivera The new bikeway near 7th Street and CourtlandThe Missouri, Kansas, Texas Southern Pacific railroad (try to say that three times fast) Rails-to-Trails project in the Heights is finally underway. After the official groundbreaking ceremony last December, men in hard hats a ... More >>
It's been a long, long, long time coming, but the day may finally have arrived: the abanonded MKT rail line through the Heights might just be turned into a hike-and-bike trail. The Texas Department of Transportation has received a set of bids on the "Rails to Trails" project, with the low bid comin ... More >>
Rocking the afternoon away
How an old toolshed became a hippie haven
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
A bad reaction to a drug trial sparks an investigation into Houston's Fabre Clinic and its founder
Your guide to beaches, water parks, day trips, festivals and more
Liberté, égalité and fraternité in a log cabin on White Oak Bayou
Heights residents fear the toll road authority's new land acquisition plans
Jolie Holland returns to her old hometown with the Tom Waits seal of approval
Efforts mount to make downtown home to a new kind of nightlife
Bayou Lounge's Chocolate Delight
Plus: Weekend Warier, Sidewalk Shame
The City of Houston requires developers in the floodplain to elevate and mitigate -- build houses on higher ground and dig detention ponds for runoff. Except, not always.
West White Oak Bayou Trail
Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.
They're deluge-ional, say accused Fitz's and South Beach proprietors
Allison arrived in a flood of thoughts -- mattress rafts, murky thigh-deep water and the sudden flotsam of family life rushing out the back door
Special tax zones are already stimulating growth-a thriving cottage industry of attorneys, lobbyists, high paid consultants, developers and questionable financial projections
Residents look for answers but find only a developer's arrogance
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
Attention, drunks, drug runners, cactus thieves, and other enemies of Sunset Heights: Jackie Harris is looking for you. And she's got her machete.