5000 Montrose Apartment Building

Originally called “5000 Montrose at the Museum”, this high rise modern apartment building is located about a block north of the grouping of the Glassell School of Art, the Contemporary Arts Museum and the three Museum of Fine Arts Houston buildings proceeding east from the Bissonnet intersection. Its entrance is set considerably back on the […]

Mackie and Kamrath: Big 3 Industries Building

The Prairie School of American architecture, commonly associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, his son Lloyd and other associates had a practitioner locally from the 1940’s through the 1970’s in Karl Kamrath, chief designer of the firm of Mackie and Kamrath, who both officed in a building of Kamrath’s design on Ferndale in River Oaks from […]

How Republicans Can Win Harris County

Harris County Republicans took a beating in last November’s election. Democrats won all four major county offices and swept the two dozen judgeships up for election. Some of claimed that Republican woes in Harris County were a down ballot consequence of Donald Trump leading the ticket. While there may be some truth to this, the […]

A New Blog on Free Will

I highly recommend a new blog–You Can and Did Built It–that focuses on free will. An excerpt from the most recent post:

Pick any product or company name you think of – IBM, Johnson&Johnson, Gillette, Oscar Mayer, Hallmark, Baskin-Robbins, Rolles-Royce – and there is a story behind it, a story of men who founded the […]

What Happened to America

My previous article identified the Enlightenment ideas, centered on reason, as the root of individual rights and therefore of America. But America has largely abandoned the principles on which it was founded. Instead of limited government dedicated to protecting the rights of each citizen, we have an intrusive government that uses coercion to impose their […]

“Balancing” Free Speech

The Chronicle reports that Texas colleges are trying to “balance” free speech and “hateful speech.”

Campuses responding to racist posters or planned controversial events – such as white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at Texas A&M university in December – can find themselves in a tough position. University leaders must balance the right to free speech […]

What is it that “Made America Great?”

My previous article identified the fact that Donald Trump does not know what “made America great”. His rejection of individual rights implicit in his antagonism to free trade and open immigration, and his support and exploitation of eminent domain, reveals this.

Individual rights, i.e. the principle of every man’s right to “life, liberty and the […]

Democracy and the Astrodome

State Sen. John Whitmire has announced plans to introduce legislation that will require a referendum on the proposed $105 million project to refurbish the Astrodome. “I’m trying to allow the public to have a vote, the taxpayers to have a vote, before we spend over $100 million on the Dome with no stated purpose,” Whitmire […]

Say No to Upgrades to NRG Stadium

With Super Bowl LI behind us, we are hearing that NRG Stadium needs a major upgrade if Houston is to host another major sporting event. Even though the stadium is only fifteen years old, we are being told that it is obsolete. The Chronicle reports:

“There’s a difference between being architecturally obsolete and being obsolete […]

The Dowling Statue

The Houston/Harris County political shift of last year makes it somewhat more likely that measures of the liberal variety will affect county historical assets. One possibility would be the moving or otherwise forced retirement of a statue in Hermann Park commemorating a Confederate soldier, Dick Dowling, for whom Houston’s Dowling street was named (the renaming […]