The cities have prevailed—but we’re still rural at heart.
Thoughts on the gradual march of civility and urban sprawl across the lost frontier.
For decades, the state’s big urban newspapers helped bind together the inhabitants of our major cities. Now those papers are threatened by a rapidly evolving (some might say collapsing) business model. Is there hope for daily journalism in Texas?
Austin is booming with jobs, condos, festivals, traffic, hipsters, joggers, and high-concept dive bars (anyone for Lone Star and seared foie gras?). Does that mean it’s no longer Austin?
Taking Austin in from the city's most iconic summit.
Two questions for Ginger Goodin, of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Midland's Tom Craddick shares a few memories from his forty-plus years in the Legislature.
My unsentimental education in the wheeler-dealer ways of the most American of Texas cities.
In a city that loves its parties, there’s perhaps none so aesthetically significant as Two x Two for AIDS and Art, Dallas’s most cutting-edge fundraiser—and one hell of a good time.
The nomenclature of the area known as Dallas–Fort Worth.
A return to the Trinity.
How I’m learning to love the Cowboys. And the Mavericks. And the Rangers. And the Stars. And . . .
In search of the authentic spirit of Fort Worth.
Just over forty years ago, Texas was the kind of place dismissed as hopelessly provincial and culturally mediocre. But then came the Kimbell Art Museum.
It’s time for Texas to get smart about its westernmost—and most ignored—city, where an old pass tracks the route of our future.
El Paso’s latest urban redevelopment scheme is one of the nation’s most far-reaching and innovative. It is also, as any resident will tell you, one of its most contentious.
Savoring an institution from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Why the capital should rightfully be Houston, not Austin.
Modern Texas, as told through the archives of Texas Monthly.
Forty years (and more) of the exuberant, eclectic neighborhood where I was born, grew as a writer, and found inspiration for the early pages of this magazine.
Activist Glenda Joe on the immigrant experience in Houston.
I used to think my hometown was a sleepy, slow-moving place where nothing much would ever happen. But forty years after I left, the city is a bustling, economically vibrant, progressive place I hardly recognize—in a good way.
For thirty years, when she wasn’t writing books or winning genius grants, Sandra Cisneros has been pushing and prodding San Antonio to become a more sophisticated (and more Mexican) city. Now she’s leaving town. did she succeed?
A Lament on Roots, Bexar County, TX
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Is Austin the state’s most segregated city?