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Short Takes For a Hot and Troubling July

Short Takes For a Hot and Troubling July

Yes, these are troubling times for many with Brexit shaking the global economy, police killings on both sides, ISIS and random Middle East bombings, global warming spiking the temperature, Trump raging against just about everything, walkable cities plagued by an invasion of cars from the sprawling suburbs, the awful wealth gap, and nativist unrest against the elites in Great Britain, Europe, and elsewhere.…

What Does Smart Growth Mean?

What Does Smart Growth Mean?

San Francisco’s Union Square. Photo: San Francisco Playhouse   Pedestrian Pete recently received…

White Nationalists Bring Hateful Garbage to Houston

White Nationalists Bring Hateful Garbage to Houston

Race hate has reared its ugly head in Houston this week under the…

The Social Costs of Money Bail

The Social Costs of Money Bail

Take a moment to recall all the things you did between ages 17 and 20. Maybe you got your driver’s license, took the SAT, went to prom, graduated high school, applied to and started college, had a few “first” experiences. The teen years are lionized as the “golden” years in our culture.…

Sauce Walka Needs to Be The Voice of Houston Whether We Like It or Not

Sauce Walka Needs to Be The Voice of Houston Whether We Like It or Not

It was around this time last summer when Drake’s Houston Appreciation Weekend…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions

This morning, the Supreme Court overturned two key provisions of a Texas…

Why Travis Scott Won’t Be Considered A “Houston” Artist

Why Travis Scott Won’t Be Considered A “Houston” Artist

The largest city in the Lone Star State has produced artists and…

Houstonian Tales: Gracie Chavez

Houstonian Tales: Gracie Chavez

Before Free Press Houston was a glimmer in anyone’s eye, Houston had an alternative weekly paper called Public News that was literally my bible, and it was an inspiration for how The Best of The Week gets laid out. You wouldn’t know this, but DJ, producer, and co-founder of Houston’s Tropical dance collective Bombon, DJ Gracie Chavez was the last music editor for Public News…

The Supreme Court is About to Rule on a Major Abortion Case

The Supreme Court is About to Rule on a Major Abortion Case

Next week, the Supreme Court is set to deliver a ruling on…

Marijuana Decriminalization is Possible in Texas

Marijuana Decriminalization is Possible in Texas

About this time last year, marijuana made Texas history. For the first time ever, the state criminal jurisprudence committee passed a transformative piece of legislation, House Bill 2165, that would have legalized and regulated recreational use of marijuana, as well as expanded medical use while potentially generating $166 million in tax revenue. …

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