Dear Houston: “The rent price goes up $200 per month”

On March 25, 2014, I wrote the City Council of Houston a three part letter that included my thoughts on improving the city’s transportation, health, and economics. This is part three of that letter.   “The rent price goes up $200 per month” My realtor and I worked hard and we found a place that was “semi-walkable” by…

Dear Houston: “I want to live somewhere walkable”

On March 25, 2014, I wrote the City Council of Houston a three part letter that included my thoughts on improving the city’s transportation, health, and economics. This is part two of that letter. Part 1: Dear Houston, “Where’s the commuter train station?” “I want to live somewhere walkable” Using Chicago as a lens in my life, I’ve…

Dear Houston, “Where’s the commuter train station?”

On March 25, 2014, I wrote the City Council of Houston a three part letter that included my thoughts on improving the city’s transportation, health, and economics. This is part one of that letter.   Dear Houston City Council, I recently read the article in Culture Map about the new Sunday Streets program and would like to…

Lifetime Fitness model too thin. This billboard needs to come down.

Dear Lifetime Fitness, Normally I don’t use this blog to openly criticize advertisements and the companies that put their brand on them, but I find the above billboard for your fitness centers in Houston, TX absolutely appalling. This woman is not fit, she’s anorexic-looking. Particularly, her arms are the size of small twigs. They can’t…

Hotel Derek: How a water bottle can leave a lasting impression

This past week, I attended a CultureMap mixer on behalf of the Houston Holocaust Museum’s Next Generation group. The mixer was at Hotel Derek, a very stylish classy hotel in the Galleria area of Houston. The hotel pulled out the usual marketing tricks to appeal to young professionals; they brought-out samples of their best food, hosted…