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Looped In

From urban renewal to suburban sprawl, Houston’s real estate market is going through one of its most dynamic times in decades. Join real estate and development reporter Nancy Sarnoff as she meets the city’s developers, deal makers and dreamers and dishes with colleagues on all things Houston real estate.
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Aug 23, 2016

In this episode of Looped In, Chronicle reporters Nancy Sarnoff and Erin Mulvaney speak with fifth-generation Houstonian James Glassman to explore the meanings and backstories behind some of the words in his book, “The Houstorian Dictionary: An insider’s index to Houston.

Aug 16, 2016

An affordable housing project on Fountain View has been a lighting rod at City Hall and among residents of the neighborhood surrounding it. Erin’s been covering the story for months and has the background on this controversial project and where it stands today. Nancy talks about her latest story on Acres Homes, where Francois de Menil has designed an enclave of well-designed artists’ residences. In the last segment, Erin and Nancy discuss Houston’s hot (and not-so-hot) neighborhoods

Aug 8, 2016

According to one definition, a "Newstonian" is "a recent transplant to Houston, usually coming from the east or west coast for a job and bringing lots of non-Houstonian views and traditions with them."

Here in the Chronicle's business section, we just got one.

Brian Rausch moved here from Chicago in June. But unlike most Newstonians, he couldn't wait to get here.

In this episode of Looped In, Brian tells Erin and Nancy why he was so eager to get out of Chicago and what he thinks about Houston's apartments, food and neighborhoods.

He also cleared up some misconceptions his buddies back in Chicago had about the energy capital of the world.

He had this message for them: "I do not see any petrochemical plants from my house!"

Jul 27, 2016

In this episode of Looped In, Nancy and Erin explain how Houston's apartment market got to this point and where it's heading. They talk about the development boom and teardown trend that left thousands of Houstonians scrambling to find new places to live.

Jul 19, 2016

Nancy and Erin continue their discussion of the 21-story tower planned nearly 10 years ago in a neighborhood near Rice University. In this episode, the reporters talk about their interview with Matthew Morgan and Kevin Kirton of Houston’s Buckhead Investment Partners and developers of 1717 Bissonnet, widely known as the Ashby high-rise.  We find out what it was like for these developers to fight with city administration, a passionate neighborhood and the court system, as well as try to get to the bottom of when the project might be built, getting insight into the long process of one of Houston’s most controversial projects in the decade.

Jul 8, 2016

The Ashby high-rise and the high-profile protest it inspired has become a symbol, for better or worse, of Houston as the biggest American city without a formal zoning code. Since the project was announced in 2007, it has influenced city policy, inspired similar battles and raised questions about the power of wealthy neighborhoods and as well as the lax land use laws in Houston. Yet, the 1.6 acre plot of land at 1717 Bissonnet remains empty, almost a decade after the tower was first announced. Erin and Nancy, who have both covered this story extensively, discuss the back story of this land use battle, in light of recent breaking news on the story. The Ashby high-rise had its latest day in court with an appeals ruling. 

Jun 28, 2016

If you don’t know who Gerald Hines is, you definitely know his buildings: the Galleria, Williams (nee Transco) Tower, Pennzoil Place and so many more. Erin and Nancy share stories about the legendary Houston developer, including what the 90-year-old eats for breakfast (it’s not what you’d expect) and why his company is being sued over a proposed downtown development.

Jun 21, 2016

Houston Chronicle real estate reporters Erin Mulvaney and Nancy Sarnoff take their deskside chit chat to the podcasting world.

In “I’m gorgeous inside” Erin and Nancy dig into how the oil downturn is – or isn’t – affecting the housing market; Millennials and why they matter so much; and the names for this podcast that were left on the cutting room floor.

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