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Houston's New Park

Houston's newest neighborhood park looks like a million dollars, but it was a long time coming

By Clifford Pugh

It's been a long time coming, but neighborhood persistence and the help of some Houstonians with deep pockets has resulted in the creation of the city's newest park. Mayor Annise Parker ...


Calendar Closeup

Your weekly guide to Houston: Five (plus) don't-miss events — cosmic mixer included

By Joel Luks

On the agenda this week are the opening of a hyper local art exhibition, a film festival that explores architecture's relationship to the natural order, a community market and talent showcase, ...


Shape Up Houston

100 million pounds overweight: Houston's obesity problem attacked in a new Healthy Selfie campaign

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Shape Up Houston is hoping to do just what its name states: To shape this city up. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2012 by business executive and civic leader Lan Bentsen, is worki ...


Equal Rights Fight

Petitions declared invalid, but voters deserve the right to weigh in on Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

By Clifford Pugh

It's always dicey to put civil rights to a popular vote. But if you really believe in human rights and the decency of people to treat others fairly when confronted with discrimination, shouldn& ...


City Extends Smoking Ban

Another reason to quit: Smoking ban extended to all Houston city parks, pools, golf courses and libraries

By Elizabeth Rhodes

By September, all Houston parks and public library spaces will be completely smoke-free environments. The City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Public Library an ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Special 50th birthday celebration and engagement party draws mayor and politicos

By Shelby Hodge

Love was certainly in the air when Alex Martinez celebrated his 50th birthday amid a sea of political activists, professional fundraisers and friends at the Hilton Americas-Houston Skyline Roo ...


HERO Challenged

Challenge to Houston Equal Rights Ordinance could be hottest issue on November ballot

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The hotly contested race for Texas governor may not be the most highly anticipated issue on the November ballot. Instead, a challenge to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) could be ...


New Pet Adoption Center

Lots to BARC about: New pet adoption center aims to save animals' lives

By Nicole Appleby

The city of Houston's animal shelter and adoption program has received its share of criticism. But now, it's BARC-ing back. Mayor Annise Parker and several Houston City C ...


Girl Geeks Rule

Girl geeks rule! Houston among cities with most women in tech jobs - and having female mayor helps

By Jennifer Chininis

Houston isn't always thought of as a technology hub, but new research shows that Space City ranks in the Top Ten among cities with women holding computer, math and other tech jobs. And the ...


New Houston Grocery Store

New Houston grocery store to bring high-end goods into a food desert: No 40 ounces of trouble allowed

By Eric Sandler

One of Houston's most notorious food deserts is about to get some irrigation thanks to a public-private partnership. Local grocery chain Pyburn's Farm Fresh Foods will open its 12t ...


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