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Arden Ward

Executive Editor

Arden Ward has been part of the CultureMap Austin team since its launch in 2011. As executive editor, Arden stays in tune with what makes Austin tick — and what keeps the city in the national spotlight. 

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Housing Woes

Skyrocketing rent prices force Houstonians to make major cuts in health care, retirement

By Arden Ward

Renting in Houston comes at a high cost — and we're not just talking about the skyrocketing prices. According to Zillow, unaffordable rent prices in U.S. cities are forcing ...

Record-breaking Real Estate

Texas real estate market sizzles as home prices hit all-time high in Houston and across the state

By Arden Ward

The Texas real estate market is still red-hot, says the latest Texas Quarterly Housing Report. In fact, the report reveals that home prices hit an all-time high in the second ...

Traveling Texas

New service makes private jets affordable for frequent Houston flyers

By Arden Ward

A new service promises to make business travel more efficient — and even enjoyable — for Houstonians. Rise, a Dallas-based private flight-sharing company, adds comfort and saves time by transporting members in ...

Elton Plays Austin

Lynn Wyatt's best friend to close out Formula 1 weekend in Austin with epic show

By Arden Ward

Formula 1 just got much more exciting for music fans. On Monday, Circuit of the Americas announced that rock legend Elton John and His Band will close out the 2015 ...

Real Estate Rankings

Houston's hot housing market ranks among the healthiest in the country

By Arden Ward

The Houston real estate market is super competitive and getting pricier by the day, but it's also one of the healthiest in America. A new study from WalletHub ranks ...

Reading Is Fun

Texas Book Festival draws Dallas star, BBQ guru and Houston-born mystery author

By Arden Ward

The Texas Book Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, and the organization has announced 20 top authors participating this year — including Linda Gray, better known as Sue Ellen ...

Dining and Boozing

Have you noticed? Houston's adding restaurants and bars faster than almost anywhere in the nation

By Arden Ward

There's no denying that Houston's a hotbed for restaurants and bars. A new study from shows just how quickly the number of local restaurants, bars and ...

Fashion Forward

Texas teen fashion designer is in Fast Company with Amy Poehler and Barbara Bush

By Arden Ward

Isabella Rose Taylor is no stranger to the spotlight. The 14-year-old Austin-based fashion designer debuted a collection at New York Fashion Week last fall, and now she's one of ...

Houston Charm

Houston named one of the friendliest cities in America, but we already knew that

By Arden Ward

What they say about Texas charm must be true, because Travel + Leisure says Houston is one of the friendliest cities in the U.S. The 15 cities on the list ...

Hot Houston Homes

Houston is declared the second best place in the nation to buy a home this year

By Arden Ward

Houston-area home prices are on the rise, but that's not slowing down our hot market. In fact, a new study says Houston is the second best place in the ...

Franklin Wins Big

Austin barbecue guru bests Houston chefs for tops in Southwest at James Beard Awards

By Arden Ward

Austin's favorite barbecue guru won big Monday night at the 2015 James Beard Awards. Aaron Franklin, pitmaster of world-renowned Franklin Barbecue, was named Best Chef: Southwest.  This was Franklin ...

Leading the Pack

Two Texans make the list of the World's Greatest Leaders today: The admiral & the grocery pioneer

By Arden Ward

Two Austin leaders from very different sectors are sharing the spotlight on Fortune's list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. Admiral William McRaven, chancellor of the University of ...

CultureMap on the Red Carpet

Oscar winner reveals the one thing no one knows about her — until now

By Arden Ward

Many of the state's biggest stars gathered at the 15th annual Texas Film Awards in Austin on Thursday night. CultureMap was on the red carpet to catch up with ...

Marfa Made Easier

Nonstop flights from Houston to Big Bend make getting to the other side of Texas easier

By Arden Ward

Want to escape to a minimalist West Texas oasis without the day-long road trip? Starting in March, Dallas-based Resort Air Services will fly nonstop from Houston to Big Bend. The ...

Art World Game Changer

Wealthy Houston donors pitch in to support Austin's answer to the Rothko Chapel

By Arden Ward

On the eve of The Blanton Museum of Art's highly anticipated gala Saturday night in Austin, the organization announced its newest acquisition. The museum on the campus of the ...

Live Music Capital

Legendary band disbands, but Gregg Allman keeps plugging along with Stafford tour stop

By Arden Ward

After a whirlwind January that included sold-out performances at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium, rock 'n' roll stalwart Gregg Allman has announced plans to hit the road for a spring ...

Food Trip

Too cool? Texas' trendiest food festival is heavy on celebrities and Dallas chefs

By Arden Ward

Austin Food & Wine Festival revealed its 2015 chef lineup, and it’s fat with national stars and Texas talent. More than 40 events take place over a jam-packed three days ...

Texas News

Texas meteorologist back on air with sunny attitude one month after being shot in TV parking lot

By Arden Ward

A Central Texas meteorologist has returned to the air just one month after being shot in a TV station parking lot. Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist for KCEN in ...

The Pits

Texas' most iconic restaurant? Austin barbecue spot is the only choice for this national publication

By Arden Ward

When it comes to Texas fare, nothing is quite as iconic as barbecue — and one major publication clearly agrees. The Thrillist just released its list of the most iconic restaurant ...

Guns Online

Reality TV bad boy starts selling guns online, specializing in souped up, customized weapons

By Arden Ward

TV biker bad boy Jesse James' firearms line is now available online. The Jesse James Firearms Unlimited website, which launched this week, allows customers to purchase customized AR-15 rifles and ...

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