Stories

Are the One-Way Streets in Our City Centers Killing Neighborhoods, Causing Crime, and Depressing Property Values?

And could converting streets to two-way revitalize blighted sections of Texan inner cities, especially Houston’s still-moribund downtown?

Wrestling With My Confederate Texan Heritage

My great-great-grandfather James Avery Lomax was a plainspoken racist and illiterate slaveholder, but he was still a man worth honoring. As were many other former Confederates. Their Lost Cause, on the other hand, can go to hell.

Coming Soon: A Large Confederate Memorial on I-10, Just Inside the Texas State Line

The Confederate Memorial of the Wind in Orange will remind 55,000 motorists a day of the rebel heritage many Texans would just as soon forget.

Shaka Smart Signed on to Coach the Texas Longhorns Basketball Team

Meet the Longhorns’s erudite, innovative, and fatherly new hoops coach.

Another Day, Another Proposal to Save the Astrodome

Or perhaps a more fitting and respectful fate is to just let the structure crumble, to go the way of the ancient ruins.

True Tex-Mex Cuisine's Long Adios

Beset by high-end interior Mexican, mid-range fajita-and-’rita chains, budget taquerias, and taco trucks—and whatever Torchy’s is—Houston’s old-school Tex-Mex is fading away.

Highlights From Robert Durst’s Houston Years

For the past ten years, the notorious, newly minted documentary superstar has been relaxing in affluent obscurity in Houston’s most fashionable areas, not creeping people out at all—most of the time.

Glass Frat Houses

In the aftermath of the racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon video, Texas is in no position to throw stones at Oklahoma. And we are not alone in that, sadly. 

Three Pies in the Houston Skies

Houston Redditors makes wishes that will probably never come true.

A Cattle Heist of Epic Proportions

More than 1,100 calves have vanished into thin Panhandle air. Poof, gone. Looking at the numbers of this landmark cattle theft.

No, Sharpstown, Texas, Did Not Fire its Police Force and Bring About a Huge Drop in Crime

There’s no such town, no cops were fired, and the drop in crime is debatable. The rest is spot-on.

 

 

Is Texas Southern, Western, or Truly a Lone Star?

Despite a century of homegrown rebranding efforts, some historians believe Texas remains as Dixie as ever.

The Rules of Engagement Rings

You bust up before you two say “I do.” Who gets to keep the rock?

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