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Pearls and Ice

Houston's mayor jumps into the Ice Bucket Challenge, calls out Jadeveon Clowney and zings the Astros

By Barbara Kuntz

Sitting in her backyard on a sunny day wearing pearls and a roller derby T-shirt, Mayor Annise Parker beat the Houston heat for a worthy cause by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — an ...

Houston's Tiniest Park

Houston's tiniest park: City's first parklet rises from one converted asphalt parking space

By Barbara Kuntz

A parking space converted into Houston's first parklet brought a mini-media frenzy — and fun street party — to 19th Street in the Heights, where New Living artisans, city ...

A Walking Houston?

Major Houston streets to be closed off for . . . walking: Car city is about to get a needed culture shock

By Elizabeth Rhodes

Thanks to Mayor Annise Parker, Houston will be opening up streets to cyclists and pedestrians on the first Sunday of every month, joining hundreds of other cities across the globe as part of the Op ...

Millions For Bike Trails

A more bike friendly Houston takes shape: $12.6 million in bike trail improvements are coming

By Barbara Kuntz

The goal of being able to travel across Houston without using a car is moving forward with the city's Parks and Recreation Department triumphing four Transportation Enhancement Program grants t ...

An Important Message

Bun B and the Mayor partner up again — and this time, there are winning videos

By Barbara Kuntz

Mayor Annise Parker and Houston rap legend Bun B are sending big high-fives to one high school — but not while driving. That’s the message in the Mayor’s Youth Council contest ...

Embracing our new poet overlord

Houston's first poet laureate weighs in on the Astrodome, Television Without Pity and poetic freedom

By Tarra Gaines

Do the bluebonnets seem a deeper blue this spring, Houston? Are this year’s baby owls a tad more hootier? Is life just richer this May? Perhaps the reason is that Mayor Parker recently crowne ...

Trains trump horses

METRORail construction pushes the Houston Rodeo parade off course: Cowboys find a new way

By Barbara Kuntz

The Downtown Rodeo Parade is taking a slight change of course this year due to location changes in METRORail. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials, along with Mayor Annise Parker, announc ...

Pix of the Day

Bearded lady: Mayor Parker emulates Rockets star James Harden at NBA All-Star game

By Barbara Kuntz

From Michael Jordan's 50th birthday celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to an overflowing Galleria to countless celeb sightings (hint, hint: Beyoncé) to the big gam ...

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