Megan Kimble

Megan Kimble is senior editor at the Observer and the author of Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food. Follow her on Twitter @megankimble.
 

Improbable, Prophetic Houston

by | Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 8:00 am CST
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

Row of townhomes in Austin, Texas.
Economy

The Fight to Make Austin Affordable

Austin is one of the most segregated and sprawling cities in Texas. A new land development code aims to change that.

On a brisk Saturday morning in November, a group of two dozen cyclists pauses in front of a four-story apartment complex in East Austin. The Terrace at Oak Springs, run by the nonprofit Integral Care, opened in September to provide … Read More

Half of Texas renters already spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing.
Texas Legislature

Rent By Another Name

As rent continues to rise across the state, an increasing number of Texas tenants are also saddled with mandatory fees for everything from doorstep trash collection to cable television.

On July 1, Mario Queroz came home to find a notice on the door of the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his wife in north Dallas. They’d lived at Three Fountains Apartments since 2017, enjoying the amenities offered by the … Read More

An abandoned building in Baltimore.
Culture

‘Owned’ Explores the Racist Foundation of Homeownership in America

Giorgio Angelini, the film’s director and a native Houstonian, discusses the movie ahead of a showing in Austin on September 10.

After Giorgio Angelini graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, he toured the country with his two bands, playing in the same bars and clubs year after year. During his five years on the road, he watched … Read More

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