Good, Bad and Ugly

Renaming Dowling Street, and Houston’s Murder Rate: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in […]

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Zoning By Other Means, and Another Genius Grant: Houston Matters Weekend for Nov. 19, 2016

Posted on · Much is made about Houston's lack of zoning. But Matthew Festa, a law professor from South Texas College of Law Houston, argues Houston doesn't really look that different from most other cities. On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we talk with Festa, and others around town, about whether a variety of land rules, regulations […]

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Houston Graffiti Culture: Not Just Vandalism Anymore

Posted on · One day, University of Houston student Nimra Haroon noticed the wild colors and designs on the walls of some Houston buildings, and — as a history student — she decided to learn more about the history of Houston graffiti. So she rode along with four of the city's most iconic artists. Haroon then wrote about […]

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Perry Low on Funds and the ‘Be Someone’ Sign: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Rick Perry running low on campaign funds, to changes to the iconic “Be Someone” graffiti sign, to a judge ordering a defendant to marry his girlfriend: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: blogger Fred Goodall, Paul Pendergraft, the […]

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Biggest Mural In Houston Meant to Highlight Importance of Public Art

Posted on · If you’ve driven in Midtown lately, you’ve probably been distracted by the newly created “biggest mural in Houston.” It’s a painting spanning five stories across an 8,000-square-foot wall of a building at 2800 San Jacinto. The mural is an homage to Michelangelo’s famous fresco, “The Creation of Adam.” But, instead of reaching out to touch […]


The A-Team Fights East End Graffiti

Posted on · It's a problem that just won't go away. Graffiti. It's gotten so bad that Texas lawmakers recently changed the laws to impose stricter penalties on convicted taggers. In Houston's East End, businesses pay an extra tax that helps make sure tagger's so called artwork doesn't stay up very long. Bill Stamps explains.


Third Truck Added to Graffiti Removal Program

Posted on · Nine years ago graffiti was a real problem in Houston's East End. Today it is not the problem is was then. As Rod Rice reports, the reason is that the Greater East End Management District began a program an aggressive effort to remove graffiti.