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New METRO Rail

Sneak peek at new METRO rail lines: Easy access to UH and Dynamo stadium; art-filled stops along the way

By Elizabeth Rhodes

In spite of numerous delays, METRO's new East End and Southeast METRORail lines — under construction since July 2009 — are set to begin regular service on May 23. A recent ...


The Bar Condo

Urban Houston: Downtown condo on Main Street brings hot new bar scene home for under $300,000

By Barbara Kuntz

Editor's Note: Houston, the surrounding areas and beyond are loaded with must-have houses for sale in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. In this continuing series, CultureMap snoops through so ...


METRORail Disappointment?

Don't be disappointed: New METRORail route is a growing pain for a city that's behind the times

By Joel Luks

I received my driver's license when I was 16, but didn't drive much until eight years after that. Public transportation was a way of life in my hometown of Toronto. The network of subwa ...


Historic Building Saved

Defying the demolition craze: New $80 million downtown hotel to save a 102-year-old skyscraper

By Whitney Radley

As downtown Houston booms with ground-up development, Fort Worth-based hotel company Pearl Hospitality is taking a more preservationist look at one historic building.  The Samuel ...


Free Rides

A more high-tech METRO: New train cars introduced in 100 millionth celebration

By Whitney Radley

Just nine years into operation, METRORail recently met a pretty crucial ridership achievement: Its 100 millionth boarding.  "This 100-million-milestone is incredible! What's ...


The saga has ended

Houston's much-debated new parking rules finally passed — and even Bobby Heugel's happy

By Whitney Radley

Houston City Council approved the Planning and Development Department's suggested changes to the off-street parking ordinance on Wednesday, and it seems to be one of those rare occasions where ...


Part pep rally, part press conference

METRO milestone: Main Street bridge reopens downtown gateway to Houston's near Northside

By Whitney Radley

The half-mile stretch of Main Street between Naylor Street and Commerce Street may seem negligible, but its year-and-a-half-long closure has affected access to the University of Houston Downtown&nb ...


Growing Houston

A hip young professional's dream? New Midtown apartment complex to rise with a specific target

By Whitney Radley

A multifamily development is coming to a corner in Midtown, thanks to an equity deal recently closed on by Alliance Residential.  The 203-unit Broadstone 3800 will arise where a& ...


$177 Million Plan

Uptown takes public transit into its own hands: Sick of waiting for METRO, district unveils rapid plan

By Whitney Radley

With METRORail's University and Uptown lines indefinitely stalled — development held up locally by the transit authority's recent bond referendum and obstructed on a federal scale by ...


Spin cycle

Making Houston more bike-friendly: B-cycle gets big-money sponsor, plans big expansion

By Whitney Radley

It has been less than a year since the City of Houston first introduced its bike share program, and B-cycle is already increasing its initial three-station service area and 18-bicycle fleet wi ...


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