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How and Why Houston Neighborhoods Have Morphed Over the Years

Posted on · Some of Houston’s neighborhoods have, for lack of a better phrase, “morphed” over the decades. Montrose once had a much larger African-American community, then it became known as Houston’s gay neighborhood, then a more gentrified area. Sharpstown, Meyerland, The Heights — they’ve all undergone transformative change from one generation to the next. We explore what’s […]

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Juan Carlos the Rollerblading Dancer — A Star is Born On a Houston Street Corner

Posted on · We meet Houston’s Juan Carlos Restrepo, who has been dancing on rollerblades at the corner of Montrose and Allen Parkway for the past 15 years. In the summer of 2014, Restrepo gained national attention with an appearance on Amercia’s Got Talent. MORE: ‘Viral' Video Captures Montrose Rollerblade Dancer in his Own Words (Houston Matters, May […]

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Is Gentrification of Houston Neighborhoods a Good or Bad Thing?

Posted on · Back in August of 2013, Houston Matters met with longtime residents of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood to discuss how their community had changed over the years. Among the major topics of discussion was gentrification. The residents noted how development had changed the personality and affordability of their neighborhood. But they didn’t necessarily see gentrification as a […]

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Anti-Bullying Campaigns, and the Pride Celebration Moves Downtown: Houston Matters for Friday, October 3, 2014

Posted on · HISD is implementing a new anti-bullying campaign. But this one’s not aimed towards students. The district's new policy is cracking down on bullying among school employees. The new initiative comes as a Houston based group prepares to host a rally to raise awareness of incidents of cyber-bullying. We'll discuss these anti-bullying efforts here in Greater […]

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Sidewalks, Dogs and Cats, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, July 21, 2014

Posted on · Montrose residents are petitioning the city to address that neighborhood's deteriorating sidewalks. The Montrose Sidewalk Coalition says cracked sidewalks pose a danger – they'd like the city to offer a plan to the public to address the state of their sidewalks and ensure safety and access. There’s just one problem: according to city law, property […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Oil Spill, Montrose Fire & BARC: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the oil spill, to the fire in Montrose, to BARC’s new authority, to Zipcar’s expansion, it’s been a busy week in Houston news. We consider “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of these events with our rotating “non-expert” panel. This week, we’re joined by the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Falkenberg, ComedySportz Houston’s Dianah Dulany, […]

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Who Are Those People Staging Battles in Mandell Park on Sundays? They’re LARPers

Posted on · If you’ve ever driven by Mandell Park in Montrose on a Sunday afternoon, you might have come across some “Battle Gamers,” more commonly referred to as LARPers – or “live action role players.” This particular group refers to itself as The Far Haradrim of Houston. We sent Houston Matters’ Conner Clifton out to meet them. […]