Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy is a Houston-based freelance journalist.

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Environment

Heads in the Mud

A year after Hurricane Harvey, what has the Bayou City learned?

“The people of Houston and their officials will have to decide whether they are building a great city or merely a great population.” These words, from a 1929 city planning report (mostly ignored), were written when Houston had a population … Read More

Education

SMU Just Lost Its Independent Student Newspaper. Is Your College Next?

Between declining revenue and interfering administrators, student-run media is facing an existential crisis.

Declining advertising. Difficulties making the transition from print to digital. A looming corporate takeover. No, this isn’t the Austin American-Statesman, the Denver Post or any of the countless other newspapers struggling to survive in the new media economy. It’s the … Read More

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Culture

Big Trouble in Little Cambodia

After Harvey, a small refugee community in Brazoria County needed help. Neo-Confederates and radical anti-government groups showed up.

After Harvey, a small refugee community in Brazoria County needed help. Neo-Confederates and radical anti-government groups showed up. – by Michael Hardy @mkerrhardy January 22, 2018 Take Highway 288 due south from downtown Houston and in about 40 minutes you’ll … Read More

Culture

Requiem for an Alt-Weekly

The strange and sudden demise of the Houston Press.

“We need journalism more than ever, and alt-weeklies were an important voice." Read More

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Culture

The Impossible City

Houston was built on a stubborn defiance of nature. As the city recovers from Hurricane Harvey, that same attitude will be on display — for better or worse.

Houston was built on a stubborn defiance of nature. As the city recovers from Hurricane Harvey, that same attitude will be on display — for better or worse. Read More

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