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No Kirby Oaks?

Don't call it Kirby Oaks: Tree killer pays hefty penalty but other legal cut-downs continue

By Barbara Kuntz

When are some Houstonians going to learn they can't just cut down trees, especially those of certain varieties and, even then, without a permit? The good news for those who believe a l ...


Changing Houston

New $80 million history center breaks ground downtown with eyes on the 2017 Super Bowl

By Barbara Kuntz

A groundbreaking ceremony for the $80 million Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage marks the beginning of construction for the museum, just in time for it to open its doors in fall 2016 and ...


Best Pixs Of The Day

Cute, hilarious and stunning photos: A look back at Houston's best Pixs of the Day

By Barbara Kuntz

CultureMap has consistently illustrated its articles these past five years with outstanding images from freelancers, contributors, staff and a team of incredibly talented photographers. "Best ...


Mayor Food?

Houston food trucks are set free: Downtown dining to be forever changed — and foodies are pumped up

By Elizabeth Rhodes

The long-ridiculed and extremely restrictive regulations on food trucks in Houston have been revised in at least one major way. Until now, food trucks using propane in the Texas ...


Sunday Streets HTX Returns

Look Houston, no cars! Popular Sunday Streets HTX program returns this fall

By Elizabeth Rhodes

After a successful run this summer, the Sunday Streets HTX program is back to help Houstonians get outdoors and get moving. What began as a three-month pilot initiative back in A ...


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 ...


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