Local and State

How is This Still Happening in Houston?

How is This Still Happening in Houston?

As Houston rapidly approaches becoming the third largest city in the country, we still have some serious work to do. More important than building new parks and public spaces, themed cocktail bars, or dynamic and adventurous new restaurants is the need to demonstrate to the rest the country that despite our geography, we are not backwards or bound by this region's history.…

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Test Your Urban IQ

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Test Your Urban IQ

Suburban Houston. Photo: Christoph Gielen   First, Pedestrian Pete would like to ask,…

Education and Empowerment Through Girls Rock Camp Houston

Education and Empowerment Through Girls Rock Camp Houston

End of Camp Showcase. Photo: Girls Rock Camp Houston / Facebook   For…

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…

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