The city was becoming less divided. Then corruption stepped in.
Elected officials and city staff in Dallas colluded over a decade to break federal housing and civil rights laws and promote and worsen racial segregation across the city, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has found, dealing City Hall a scathing, and potentially costly, blow ... More >>
What a difference a Williams makes. This morning -- on the day Dallas school trustees are supposed to decide whether to pull the rug from under reform Superintendent Mike Miles -- I looked at two sets of reports on the school district, one from Don Williams, the retired real estate executive who wan ... More >>
If you've read this week's feature -- The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die -- by food critic Katharine Shilcutt at our sister paper the Houston Press, then you've no doubt already asked why X, Y or Z restaurant didn't make the list. Maybe you've asked this question angrily to ... More >>
Cambodian immigrants are growing and selling a plant so invasive it's banned in several states. How did you think that water spinach ended up in your bowl?
Lauren Drewes DanielsGaidos, the grandaddy of Galveston seafood restaurants, was spared the brunt of Ike and keeps dishing out the shrimp.After the hurricane of 1900 annihilated what was then the bustling market center of Galveston, residents vowed to rebuild and never allow another such cata ... More >>
A waiter at City Diner and Oyster Bar in Corpus Christi broke the appalling news to my wife, in-laws and me last weekend as we made a trip to the coast: No fresh Texas oysters on the half-shell. Not one. Sorry, he said. Dealer prices a week into the start of Texas' oyster harvest from public leas ... More >>
Patrick MichelsIt was just last week I was watching The Science Channel's Build It Bigger. The show details modern construction marvels, and this episode zeroed in on Jonestown Coliseum. "An engineering marvel that will revolutionize the football experience," the host gloated in detailing Cow ... More >>
Now may be your best chance for a little raw love
The cover story in this week's paper version of Unfair Park is a look at Galveston months after Hurricane Ike wreaked havoc on Texas's Gulf Coast. To accompany the piece, Daniel Kramer and editor Monica Fuentes offer this multimedia piece depicting the city as it (barely) stands today. --Patrick Mic ... More >>
Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston residents try to put the pieces back together
While we wait for Sam to post from the city council briefing -- where, for the first time, the entire council will discuss the smoking ordinance -- a few random notes. First, a Friend of Unfair Park points us toward the latest earnings report from Irving-based arts-and-craft emporium Michaels Stores ... More >>
The Grape closes out Texas Wine Month
The center of the musical universe, Austin welcomes the beautiful and the ugly