We’re looking for members of the community to join The Leader’s Reader Advisory Board. Members will be asked to meet once every other month to share ideas about ways this newspaper can better serve our readers, offer story ideas, give us critiques on coverage of stories, and tell us ways we can be more involved in this area of Houston. If interested, please email me: email@example.com You’ve had this encounter: You’re at a gathering, and you meet someone new. Pleasantries are exchanged, little nuggets of information are shared. Then, after a moment of quiet awkwardness, you dig into your bag of conversation pieces and ask old faithful: “So what do you do for a living?” The reason we ask that question is because we want to find some commonality with the other person, and in … [Read more...] about The Leader needs some reader advisors
Twelve years ago, almost to the day, I moved away from my home state of Alabama for the first – and apparently, last – time. I came to help run a company that published 32 community newspapers in this enormous city. My first objective upon building a new life in Houston was not to find a place to live. It wasn’t to make friends or search for distant relatives I might know in this city. No, as ludicrous as this will sound, my first search in Houston was to find the best public golf course in the area. I was a single guy, and as you might imagine, the priorities of bachelors are a bit diluted, which is why I needed a golf course before I needed, say, an apartment. This golf obsession is a disease. And if you don’t believe me, consider this: In Juno Beach, Fla., there’s a place … [Read more...] about Keep Memorial Park a jewel for us, not tourists
There’s some discord among the core group of botanists in my inner circle about the proper name of the plant that scorches my forearms each evening between the hours of 6-7 p.m. I’ve settled on the Texas Sabal Palm, a sharp-branched, pointy-leafed shrub that might as well be a box of Bics stuck to a stick. Do not be confused. We’re not talking about the matron saint of all evil yard brush – the vaunted Sago Palm, which landscapers planted across our neighborhoods a generation ago because the old K-Mart must have had a spring sale on the worst plants in the history of the seed. The Sago Palm will cut you if you look at it wrong. The kinder, gentler Texas Sabal Palm only slices your wrist if you rub it wrong. If you live in Texas and have these stealth Sabal Palms canvassing your … [Read more...] about Hank will stand among his own palms one day
I don’t brag on too many people in this space (except for my children and wife on occasion), but it’s hard to contain myself today. The Houston Heights Association has made a decision that might set the standard for local governance in the years to come. More than two years ago, I shared some interesting numbers with our readers about the sheer size of our city, and giving you an update will offer some credence to what HHA has done. The area that The Leader calls home -- largely the Heights, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Timbergrove and Norhill, to name just a few -- are represented by three voices in Houston’s mayor-council form of government. Most of our area falls within Houston City Council District C, and our representative on the council is Ellen Cohen. Brenda Stardig’s District … [Read more...] about HHA, Baldwin put residents first in new hire
I want to pitch a business idea to our community. For it to work, I need the seven of you who read this to share it with your neighbors. And they need to share it with about 50,000 other people. We can do it. To make sense of the idea, let me tell you of its genesis. This business that we own – a free, community newspaper that covers a very specific area – has one basic form of revenue. We produce news and information about a community, and people like you read our newspaper and website. To pay for the people, printing and delivery of this product, local businesses that want to reach our readers buy advertisements. It’s fairly basic: If we produce a good news product, and if people read us, advertisers will spend some of their marketing dollars with us because they want to reach … [Read more...] about Can we scale online shopping to local?