Arts InSight

New Mural is a Giant Selfie of the 3rd Ward

Posted on · When artist Anat Ronen was asked to paint a mural on the side of the Third Ward's Blackshear Elementary School, she knew she wanted the painting to depict everyday members of the community. As a result, a variety of residents now find themselves painted 15 feet tall on the school's exterior. The mural, which is […]

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Indigent Caseloads, Michael Morton, and Third Ward Mural: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Posted on · You’ve heard this part of the Miranda rights before (if not in person, then at least on TV crime dramas): “You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you…” Well, a lot of defendants can’t afford attorneys. That’s where public defenders come in, and sometimes private […]

Houston Matters

Project Row Houses: Solving Affordable Housing Issues with Art

Posted on · You might be familiar with Project Row Houses. For the past 20 years, the non-profit has renovated shotgun-style houses in Houston’s historic Third Ward and turned them into art installations and affordable housing for low-income residents. Last month, founder Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, commonly known as a MacArthur genius award. It […]

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Voter ID, Banning Fracking and Project Row Houses: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Posted on · Early voting began on Monday in Harris County with the state's voter ID law recently reinstated by a federal appeals court. The ruling handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the Nov. 4 election, despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Texas […]

Houston Matters

Is Development in the Third Ward Displacing Longtime Residents?

Posted on · Houston's Third Ward has been undergoing an evolution over the past several years. The historically black neighborhood is changing as developers build new town homes, which may be displacing some of the Third Ward's longtime residents. We explore how the Third Ward is changing, and what those changes mean for its residents.

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Rude Drivers, Third Ward Gentrification, and the Texas Music Festival: Houston Matters for Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Posted on · A recent study released by Auto Vantage suggests Houstonians are the rudest drivers in the country. Yep – worse than Los Angeles, notorious for traffic snarls and drive-by shootings. Worse than New York, a city that has long reveled in its perceived aggressiveness and intense traffic. How did we get here? Whether you accept this […]

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Home Foreclosures and Financial Literacy: Houston Matters for Wed., Feb. 26, 2014

Posted on · Much has been made recently about the housing industry here in Houston – home prices are up. It’s a seller’s market. It’s also a market that has its share of foreclosures. A recent study from the University of Houston’s Hobby Center for Public Policy examines the factors that contribute to foreclosures in Houston. Over 16 […]