Houston, Texas

Houston Mayor Rebukes Housing Authority on Tax Break Deals

The mayor sternly denounced the city’s housing authority for going forward with tax break deals that critics say don’t bring enough new affordable housing to the city and reduce tax revenue for local schools and utilities.

March 28, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Interstate Expansion to Go Ahead in Houston

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project, stalled by a federal investigation, will now go ahead with only a few tweaks that opponents say don’t go far enough to mitigate the damage it will cause to Houston neighborhoods.

March 16, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Houston Leaders Debate Merits of ‘Conservation Districts’ Proposal

A proposal by the city’s mayor would create a new type of preservation district designed to protect historic structures and slow gentrification.

March 14, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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How Houston’s Highways Impact Neighborhoods

A chapter in a new book highlights how highway construction forced changes and caused displacement in communities that included public housing developments.

March 13, 2023 - Next City

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Houston Co-Housing Project to Use Geothermal Heating and Cooling

The development will also include communal kitchens, community gardens, and other shared spaces aimed at bringing neighbors together.

February 28, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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In Houston, Housing Loses Out to Freeways

TxDOT plans to demolish hundreds of apartments for its interstate widening project despite local calls to preserve the buildings as affordable housing.

February 17, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Downtown Houston, Texas

Houston is Building a Record Numbers of Homes, but Housing Costs Still Rising

Despite a banner year in construction permitting, Houston area rents and home prices continue to grow.

February 14, 2023 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research

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Op-Ed: Houston’s Memorial Park Centers Nature, Connectivity

The Houston Chronicle editorial board calls the newly redesigned park a “transformative” project, urging state transportation officials to take note.

February 12, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Houston, Construction

Houston Mayor Halts Affordable Housing Deals

The mayor wants to examine the true benefits and impacts of a state law meant to boost affordable housing production that allows developers to exempt their projects from property taxes.

February 10, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Exxon’s Former Houston Headquarters Could Become a Residential High Rise

The former headquarters of Humble Oil, a predecessor to Exxon, will be converted to apartments in Houston, after New York-based developers CMI Developers purchased the building with a plan for adaptive reuse.

February 6, 2023 - Realty News Report

Rendering of mixed-use development with parks and stormwater retention on former Houston landfill site

A Mixed-Use Vision for Houston Landfill Site

A local nonprofit is urging the city to consider adding mixed-use development to the site, which city officials plan to turn into a stormwater detention facility.

February 3, 2023 - Urban Edge

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Houston Considering a ‘Sidewalk-In-Lieu-Fee’ for Residential Projects

Developers and homeowners might be able to opt-out of the Houston’s sidewalk ordinance under legislation under consideration by the Houston City Council this week.

January 25, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Houston Transit Agency Proposes Bike Share Takeover

Metro plans to invest half a million dollars in the city’s bike share system to improve connectivity to buses and trains.

January 24, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Houston Traffic Deaths Dipped in 2022

Fatal crashes killed slightly fewer people in 2022 than in 2021, but deaths are still significantly higher than in 2019.

January 23, 2023 - Axios

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Details for Houston Interstate Project Remain Hazy

With the project still under federal investigation, local and state agencies say they are moving forward with the development of design details for the contentious freeway redesign.

January 19, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Houston Reopens Affordable Housing Wait List

For the first time in almost five years, Houston residents can apply for housing assistance.

January 18, 2023 - ABC 13 News

Multimodal Improvements Coming to Houston

The city is continuing its investment in safety and accessibility improvements for transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists.

January 15, 2023 - Houston Public Media

Rendering of Watermark District campus redevelopment

Houston Office Park Continues Adaptive Reuse Trend

The former ConocoPhillips campus, built as a self-sufficient complex complete with a lagoon and fitness center, will be repurposed into a mixed-use waterfront development.

January 10, 2023 - The Architect's Newspaper

Close-up of green street sign at Heights Blvd and 8th Street in Houston, Texas with "Historic District" and star logo

Proposed ‘Conservation Districts’ Could Change Preservation in Houston

The proposed model could be a new tool for preserving historic neighborhoods with more flexibility and with a focus on reducing displacement and addressing community concerns.

January 8, 2023 - Urban Edge

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Houston’s Restaurant Resurgence Points to Economic Recovery

The city’s restaurants are bouncing back faster than other industries, providing a key source of jobs.

January 4, 2023 - Urban Edge

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