Here's a factoid that will brighten your day a little because, trust me, you're going to need all the sunshine in the world here in a minute. Houston is one of the highest-ranked cities in America when it comes to having the best charities. Only St. Louis has us beat.
Inside the list of great Houston charities, tops among them is the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana, which in 2014 scored 67.78 out of a possible 70 on Charity Ranker scale. Today we celebrate their good work by looking at the top 10 wishes of Houston children that they have granted. You really might want to pause and go get some tissues.
You don't find places that look like this in the mall.
Houston is a city of constant evolution and rebirth. And I think more than anything else, the ever-changing landscape is what defines this city for me. Houston seems to continually be in a state of flux, modernizing or reinventing parts of its past in favor of newer development.
This cycle of renewal is one of the things that makes Houston an exciting city to live in, but it also means that some of the unique places that give Houston it's flavor are not guaranteed to be around forever. Most people get used to certain businesses being "around." We pass them in our cars, taking note that the cool old-fashioned looking store has always been there, and then one day we're shocked to see that place is closing down, and will soon be gone forever.
It's probably a good idea for us to enjoy some of these establishments while we can. Places like..
Check out our slideshow of the fire. Update:The Houston Fire Department declared the fire under control at 2:56 p.m. They say all the construction workers were accounted for and there were no injuries reported.
Update 2:32 p.m.: We talked to eyewitness Kim Cortez who works in the Wortham Tower across from the fire. She says that in less than five minutes it went from being a small fire on the roof of the apartments to the full on blaze you see in the photos above and below. "At first people were just watching and taking photos," she says, "and within five minutes you could tell it was just getting worse and worse."
We also have some more video from the scene as supplied by Houston Press Editor Margaret Downing:
Update 2:01 p.m.: Fire officials are saying that if you live in anywhere near the 2400 block of W. Dallas you should avoid the area. Crews are working to protect nearby buildings, but the winds are a problem today. One construction worker was rescued from the scene and fortunately there have been no injuries reported.
Update 1:39p.m.: The Houston Fire Department upgraded the response to a 3-alarm at about 12:50 and to a 4-alarm at 1:04 p.m. By 1:25 p.m. the fire at the complex in the 2400 block of W. Dallas Street was upgraded to a 5-alarm fire.
The fire department responded with 70 units and nearly 200 people.
The Houston Fire Department is fighting a 2-alarm fire at an apartment complex at West Dallas and Marconi, just off Montrose.
Smoke can be seen downtown. People on their lunch break were describing a black wall of smoke.
Here's Instagram video by Melanie Tep taken from the Chase tower.
This year the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will not only feature entertainment from Usher, Maroon 5, and Keith Urban amongst other top performers, but it's also been awarding prizes through a Twitter-based scavenger hunt. It's like finding the golden ticket from Willy Wonka.
With the Twitter account @RODEOHOUSTON (which has nearly 56,000 followers) leading it off, a city-wide scavenger hunt has been in operation all week. It wraps up today with a special tweet that will go out at 8:30 a.m. The Outlaw has taken the prizes and folks are asked to retweet and share the Twitter clues with their friends for a final shot at 2 season tickets to the rodeo.
These days Houston regularly makes the list of top cities. We've got jobs. We're a place young professionals can build careers. We've got top-rated restaurants, a medical center that attracts people from around the world, and an ever improving dedication to setting aside green space.
This is the 25th year that the Houston Press has been in existence. Our silver anniversary is the best time ever to demonstrate what we're doing right and to highlight many of the people who are doing it so well.
From Arts & Entertainment to Shopping & Services, Food & Drinks to Sports & Recreation, we've tried to seek out and identify the best of the best this city has to offer.