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A peaceful protest in Houston

September 24, 2016

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Houston prides itself, quite rightly, on the diversity of its population. It’s often said that the Bayou City is the most diverse big city in the United States. That diversity extends to its international population — as I was reminded at a recent event, Houston has perhaps the largest number of foreign consulates in the country.

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Tiny houses, big idea

April 26, 2015

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Are tiny houses the next big thing in Houston? In a city famous for sprawl and ever-expanding square footage, perhaps not. But if the attendance and enthusiasm displayed a a recent forum are any indication, the idea may be about to take hold.

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Sunday Streets: Second verse, better than the first

May 5, 2014

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Yesterday, Houston held the second interation of its “Sunday Streets” pilot project, where large stretches of a major thoroughfare are closed to vehicular traffic for several hours to encourage folks to get out and walk or bike, meet their neighbors, and just plain get to know the city at ground level.

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Climate change in Houston

August 24, 2013

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How will Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast fare in the next quarter-century as the impacts of climate change interact with an economy built largely around the petrochemical industry? A panel of experts addressed many of the questions around that conundrum this week in the first of two public forums.

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The Streets of San Antone

May 6, 2013

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I made a quick trip to San Antonio over the weekend for a professional conference. After the sessions were over, I had a couple of hours to spare before an after-conference dinner. I’ve been to the city many times and have been long familiar with the tourist-centered part of the famed San Antonio River Walk that winds through downtown. This time, however, I went in the opposite direction.

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Sabine to Shepherd and Back Again

January 6, 2013

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Today featured some of the most spectacular weather my hometown has seen in quite some time — crisp, clear skies, a slight chill in the air and absolutely no humidity.

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Viva Via Colori

November 19, 2012

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I spent the better part of the past weekend taking in the seventh annual Via Colori street-painting festival in downtown Houston. I could possibly go on at length about the event, but in the spirit of “a picture is worth a thousand words,” I’ll simply share some of my best photos from the event.

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A walk in the Lower Ninth Ward

October 7, 2012

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Last week, I took a long-awaited vacation to New Orleans, a city that has long figured in my imagination. In addition to covering a court hearing and doing some of the usual tourist stuff, I had another objective: I wanted to see firsthand what has happened in the Lower Ninth Ward since the community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Fog and explosives

January 11, 2012

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This past weekend, I had to the opportunity (with several hundred others) to watch a major building in Houston be turned to dust.

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Restoring history amidst a sea of change

June 26, 2011

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I had the opportunity this weekend to visit Freedmen’s Town, the historic black community formed by newly freed slaves on the outskirts of downtown Houston, in the Fourth Ward.

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