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Architects Present Vision for New Madison High School at Public Meeting

Bond community meeting at Madison High School, December 3, 2015. When James Madison High School opened its doors in 1966 on the corner of West Orem and White Heather Drive, it was intended to educate only juniors and seniors. Today it serves freshmen and sophomores as well—over 2,000 students in total, far more than the school was ever intended to accommodate. Although more facilities have been added over time, Madison remains one of the most crowded schools in HISD, which makes it well overdue for a new building. Fortunately, that’s...
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The Windsor Village Church: Building The Kingdom of God on Earth

Irv White attended his first service at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in 1993. He had recently moved to Houston to become a local television news reporter, and was casting around for a church to join. “A lot of people were talking about Windsor, that there was this dynamic preacher over there—a mover and shaker,” White remembered. “Everyone said that they were doing things, they were making a difference.” The Sunday morning service he attended was packed from wall to wall with worshipers— “busting at the seams,” he said. What he experienced more than justified what...
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Fast-Growing Fountain of Praise Church Thrives on Community Spirit

Exterior.2 In 1991, when Reverend Remus E. Wright was appointed the pastor of Southwest Houston’s Fountain of Praise Church on the corner of South Post Oak and West Orem Drive, the congregation had a grand total of around 100 members. A quarter century later, Fountain of Praise is now one of Houston’s largest churches, with almost 25,000 members on its rolls and an average weekly attendance around 8,000. Each of the church’s two Sunday-morning services led by Pastor Wright regularly fill the 3,000-seat sanctuary to capacity and beyond...
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Hines’s New Business Park Turbocharges Economic Development in Five Corners

Drive around the Five Corners district and you’ll see the signs of a renaissance everywhere you look. New shopping centers. New business parks. New apartment complexes. In the short time since the Five Corners Management District was founded in 2010, the district has quietly created one of the city’s best business climates by improving public safety, cleaning up graffiti and litter, and marketing the area’s low cost and proximity to major business centers. Over the past five years the number of businesses in the district has grown by 19 percent and the number of jobs by 10 percent....
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Public Safety Strategy Produces Seven-Percent Drop in Crime in Five Corners

When the Five Corners Management District was established in 2010, one of its all-volunteer board’s first challenges was to improve public safety in the neighborhood. They started with the simple things—replacing broken street lights, cleaning up graffiti, removing bandit signs. “In the past, graffiti would be up for months and months, with no attention,” said Vernon Smith, the board’s chairperson of public safety. “Now it’s gone in a matter of days. The City of Houston doesn’t have the resources to deal with that, so that’s where we come in.” Over the past five years the district...
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Five Corners Community Group Fights to Rename Dowling Middle School

  When photos of Dylann Roof posing with a Confederate flag emerged shortly after Roof’s June massacre of nine African-Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, several Southern states took steps to remove the flag from state grounds, or, in Mississippi’s case, the state flag. There were also calls across the South to take down the statues of Confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, and to rename the countless schools and other government buildings named for them. In Houston, the Houston Chronicle’s editorial board launched a campaign to change the name of...
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