Houston

Can Houston Learn to Love Light Rail?

In a city where nine in ten drive to work, the answer could reshape the future.

America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.

Maybe Transit Isn't Surging After All

Questioning the numbers behind the new ridership "record."

The New York Metro's Economy Is Almost as Large as Australia's

How U.S. cities stack up economically worldwide.

Why Houston Is Changing Its Alcohol-Sales Law to Help Food Deserts

A complicated geography of churches, produce, and beer.

We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

Chatting With a Guy Who Fishes for 'Mudcats' in a Storm Sewer

Kyle Naegeli of Texas says he's hauling in nice-sized catfish and bluegills from his suburban storm drain.

3 U.S. Metro Areas Have Economies Larger Than Sweden

And other eye-popping comparisons.

Where Atlantic Cities Readers Think Millennials Can Make It Now

Our series drew impassioned responses from city boosters and haters alike.

'I Wanted to Be Successful, and I Could Do That in Houston'

Young professionals see the Texas boom town as a bastion of the traditional American Dream.

How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.

The Sad Fate (But Historic Legacy) of the Houston Astrodome

Though now likely doomed for demolition, when the Astrodome first opened in 1965, it was a profoundly American invention.

Will the Astrodome Survive Today's Referendum?

Voters will decide whether or not they want Harris County to put up $217 million in bonds to turn it into a convention facility. 

Where Millennials Can Make It Now

The new geography of being young in America.

Will the U.S. Ever Get High-Speed Rail Anywhere?

California is on its way, and the Midwest, the Northeast Corridor, and Texas all have plans of their own.

How Houston Could Become America's Best City: Top #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Watch a Houston Department Store Explode in Glorious Slow-Motion

This Sunday's demolition looked like a massive doughnut hole forming in the middle of a department store.

A Strangely Beautiful Map of Race in America

A story told in dots.

A Nighttime Mystery Over the Biggest Cities in Texas

See if you can spot all the different light sources in this International Space Station image.