Megan Kimble

Megan Kimble is executive editor at the Observer and the author of Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food. Follow her on Twitter @megankimble.
In a Saturday, June 6, 2020 photo, people walk in Gould Park in Vidor, Texas. Several hundred people came out to the park on Saturday afternoon for a protest and peace march in honor of George Floyd who died while being detained by Minneapolis police. (Fran Ruchalski/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)
Texas Politics

Texas Tally: Hindsight is 2020

An unprecedented year, in numbers.

More than four years ago, a team of Texas scientists developed a vaccine that may have been effective against COVID-19, but without necessary funding for clinical trials in humans, the research stalled. In early 2020, as COVID-19 spread across the … Read More

Economy

The Blacklist

Screened out by automated background checks, tenants who face eviction can be denied housing for years to come.

The Blacklist Screened out by automated background checks, tenants who face eviction can be denied housing for years to come. By Megan Kimble December 9, 2020  Last year, Jona Perales was evicted from an apartment they shared with their … Read More

Carnegie Colored Library (1912, W. Sidney Pittman, demolished 1962), 1112 Frederic at Robin (West Polk).
Books

Improbable, Prophetic Houston

Two new books about the Bayou City—one about its people, one about its places—explore how the fourth largest city in the U.S. became itself.

Our cities sometimes appear inevitable. Once something is built, it’s difficult to remember what the landscape was like before—before a highway cut through a neighborhood, before an office tower hovered over a downtown, before a housing development carved up a … Read More

A generic apartment complex building in Houston.
Economy

Texas Landlords Are Filing Hundreds of Illegal Evictions

As courts reopen in Harris County, tenants may be removed from their homes as COVID-19 cases skyrocket, despite CARES Act protections that guarantee shelter.

In late April, the landlord at 2929 Dunvale Apartments—a garden-style apartment complex in Midwest Houston with one-bedroom apartments starting at $700 a month—filed to evict six tenants. A month later, seven tenants at Concord at Little York, a three-story complex … Read More

two signs: one says "we own it" and another says "asociacon de residentes north lamar"
Economy

If You Can Buy It, By All Means Do That

Five years ago, facing significant rent increases and, in some cases, eviction, residents at the North Lamar Mobile Home Park organized. Now, they own the park.

If You Can Buy It, By All Means Do That Five years ago, facing significant rent increases and, in some cases, eviction, residents at the North Lamar Mobile Home Park organized. Now, they own the park. By Megan Kimble June … Read More

Economy

Building Trust

As Texans face the skyrocketing cost of housing, community land trusts offer the promise of permanent affordability. You just have to give up ownership of your land.

Building Trust As Texans face the skyrocketing cost of housing, community land trusts offer the promise of permanent affordability. You just have to give up ownership of your land. By Megan Kimble April 7, 2020  Early last year, Regina … Read More

John Henneberger has been an advocate for low-income Texans since 1974.
Human Rights

The Future of Fair Housing in Texas

John Henneberger has spent 45 years advocating for Texans’ right to have a safe, affordable place to live.

In 1974, while he was an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, John Henneberger started volunteering with a community group in Clarksville, a former Freedman’s Town near downtown Austin. The neighborhood, which was then still predominantly black, lacked … Read More

Pyco in the Chatman Hill neighborhood
Economy

Advocacy Groups Say Lubbock’s 2040 Land Use Plan Violates the Fair Housing Act

Texas Housers and the Lubbock NAACP filed a federal complaint alleging that industrial zoning in East and North Lubbock disproportionately burdens black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

A couple of years ago, Dianna Thomas spent a week away from her home in Lubbock’s Chatman Hill neighborhood. When she returned, she got into her car, which had been parked in the driveway, and found a thin film of … Read More

Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe was named a U.N. Champion of the Earth in September for her work communicating the effects of climate change.
Environment

How Katharine Hayhoe Stays Hopeful as the Planet Warms

The Texas Tech professor and lead author on the last three National Climate Assessments wants you to talk about how to live in a warming world.

Katharine Hayhoe loves talking to her Uber drivers—it’s one way she practices finding common ground on climate change with just about anyone. A Texas Tech professor and accomplished atmospheric scientist, Hayhoe was the lead author on the last three National … Read More

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