This issue looks at ways our community has evolved in its attitudes, politics, neighborhoods, and culture. In the 1920s or 1930s, an unknown artist painted this futuristic vision of Houston in 1980 that is at once fantasy and truth. Houston has evolved to include elevated freeways that encircle downtown as the artist anticipated, although they […]
Debbie Harwell and Stephen Klineberg at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. A Conversation with Stephen L. Klineberg and Debbie Z. Harwell This year marks the thirty-ninth annual Houston Area Survey produced by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University under the direction of Dr. Stephen Klineberg. The survey, which […]
The Judson Robinson Family represents multiple generations of Houston civic and political leadership.
Houston’s Fourth Ward as seen through the lens of Roxanne Quezada Chartouni’s camera in 1987.
For over a quarter-century, the nonprofit New Hope Housing has provided low cost, single room occupancy (SRO) housing for single adults living on little to no income in Houston to help them realize their goals. Today, New Hope has expanded to assist vulnerable families. It keeps residents’ rent costs low to provide affordable housing options […]
On February 20, 1936 Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas was born from a three-page Articles of Incorporation. What was previously known as the Maternal Health Center of Houston would go on to become a beacon for family planning and maternal health in Houston for years to come.
By Robinson Block A group of racially diverse students marched to President Hoffman’s office on March 7, 1969. The banner rads “Fight Racism – Support the Black Demands.” Photo Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. The University of Houston (UH) is celebrated today as one of the most diverse research institutions in the […]
The Houston Furniture Bank, moved to its current location , at 8220 Mosley Road in 2015, all photos courtesy of Houston Furniture Bank unless otherwise noted. Imagine how it feels to be without a bed, a table and chairs, or a dresser and a couch. “It is estimated that three hundred thousand children sleep on […]
By Marie-Theresa Hernandez Photo by Myra de la Garza, Tree as Protector Long before Sugar Land was an affluent suburb of Houston, it was known as the home of Imperial Sugar. The company produced and imported sugar cane and processed it in a red brick, six-story building that still stands alongside U.S. Highway 90. Imperial Sugar initially […]
By Manuel Martinez Alvarenga Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Hermann Park. Courtesy of Author. If you find yourself in the heart of Houston, chances are you have driven by Hermann Park, a green and interactive park with a large recreation area for picnics, casual strolls, and sightseeing nestled within an arm’s reach of the Texas Medical […]