Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy is a Houston-based freelance journalist.

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Art

A Houston Art Exhibit Gazes Unflinchingly at the Cruelty of Mass Incarceration

Featuring art from many current and former prisoners, Walls Turned Sideways gives visitors a visceral sense of confinement.

Last month, prisoners across the United States launched a coordinated work strike to protest the widespread use of forced labor, which the strikers described as “prison slavery.” An estimated 800,000 American prisoners are put to work each day against their … Read More

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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