10:14 PM Jul 10, 2019 CDT

Harris County upholds measure to evenly distribute mobility funds in another split vote

In another partisan split vote, Harris County commissioners during a July 9 meeting amended and reaffirmed their previous motion to evenly distribute the sales tax revenue the county receives from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County across all four precincts until a mobility assessment is completed.


Tarka Indian Kitchen to open second Houston location

The fast-casual Indian food chain Tarka Indian Kitchen is expanding its Houston footprint, adding an Upper …


City officials announce initial details of Houston’s $2 billion EPA consent decree

Ongoing negotiations between the Environmental Protection Agency and Houston officials regarding federal Clean Water Act violations committed by the city reached a new milestone July 9.



Tejas Custom Boots celebrates rare craftsmanship

Chris Liggett, owner of Tejas Custom Boots since 2017, knows he is on an endangered species list somewhere.



Work on I-69 and the Loop, the state's most congested highways, is intensifying, TxDOT says

Two I-69 main lane closures in June—slated to remain in place until 2020—are a sign the $259 million project to redesign one of the state’s most congested roadways is entering a period that will test the patience of Houston commuters.


Harris County shifts mobility funds away from precincts 3 and 4, pending reassessment of needs

The three Democratic members of the Harris County Commissioners Court have begun an effort to temporarily shift road funding away from precincts 3 and 4 to precincts 1 and 2, pending a reassessment of the county's mobility needs. Precincts 3 and 4 largely cover the northern and western parts of the county, while precincts 1 and 2 largely cover the southern and eastern parts, including most of Houston's inner loop.




To-do list: 7 events to check out around the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area in July 2019

Find family friendly events, arts, culture and more in our monthly events roundup for the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area.


In Houston, development must think outside the flood plains, advocates say

Editor’s note: This is part one of a series exploring efforts to make Houston a flood-resilient city. Find other coverage in this series at http://communityimpact.com/topics/flood-resilient-houston


Harris County District Attorney changes hemp, marijuana case filing policy in the wake of new state laws

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced July 2 it will no longer accept criminal charges for misdemeanor possession of marijuana without a test result proving that the substance has a THC concentration over a certain percentage.



Coming soon: 20+ restaurants and businesses to keep an eye on in 2019 in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose

With 2019 halfway over, Houston has plenty of new businesses and restaurants coming to the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose. It might be impossible to list them all, but here are over 20 on our radar.


River Oaks Italian eatery Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino marks 10 years

To keep up with Houston’s active restaurant scene, the menu at Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino adapts to newcomers.


Formal groundbreaking set for Houston's Ion innovation hub

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for July 19 as construction work gets underway to turn the former Sears …


Waterparks, bingo, fireworks: 10 things to do in the Greater Houston area this Fourth of July

Whether you are singing karaoke, doing some goat yoga or just trying to find the perfect fireworks spot, the Greater Houston area has plenty of events this Independence Day.



Art exhibits, festivals and more ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing

July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, in which astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz …


Deteriorating Brazos Street bridge on Spur 527 closed for a year

A portion of Spur 527 off I-69 has been shut down over concerns about falling debris from a deteriorating bridge. The Travis and Louisiana street exits remain open.


Airbnb: Agreement with Houston could raise $3 million a year for tourism, arts funds

Under an agreement with the city of Houston effective July 1, Airbnb is now automatically collecting the city's hotel occupancy tax, yielding a potential annual windfall of $3 million for tourism and arts initiatives, the company said.


Former Houston City Council Member Sue Lovell enters mayoral race

Former At-Large Houston City Council Member Sue Lovell announced her campaign for mayor of Houston on July 1.



Demo Monday: EaDo property, Rice Village coffee shop and more Houston demolition permit activity, June 24-28

The site of a collapsed building in East Downtown received a demolition permit this week, though it is not immediately clear what the future holds for 2211 Congress St.


Award-winning Kata Robata celebrates 10 years in Houston

Japanese restaurant Kata Robata celebrated its 10th anniversary in May. Lead by James Beard Award-nominated …


Phoenix Rising Acupuncture moves to bigger space in River Oaks

Phoenix Rising Acupuncture relocated from 2202 W. Alabama St., Houston, and to a new space at 1219 S. …


Louisiana-based Loft 18 bringing indoor golf, bar, restaurant to Sawyer Yards

Louisiana-based indoor golf venue Loft 18 plans to open in the Sawyer Yards development off of Washington …