Last summer the Houston Chronicle's Managing Editor Vernon Loeb came on Looped In to share his observations about Montrose, the iconic and eclectic neighborhood he'd called home since moving to town almost four years earlier. Loeb recently took a new job in Washington D.C. But before he left, he again joined the Chronicle's Nancy Sarnoff and Allyn West, this time for a look back at some of the biggest news stories that happened under his editorial watch. From Hurricane Harvey to the Astrodome, each story reveals something important -- be it a shortcoming or an advantage -- about Houston real estate and the city's explosive growth.
The Astrodome has been named a state antiquities landmark. Houston has hosted a national historic preservation conference. Downtown towers are being converted into hotels and apartments. It seems Houston is starting to take preservation more seriously. But there are still more losses than wins when it comes to saving our old buildings. Nancy and Allyn continue their conversation on the Kirby Mansion and historic preservation with David Bush and Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston. (David speaks first!)
Nancy and Allyn sit down with Houston history buff and preservation advocate R. W. McKinney (aka “Mister McKinney”) to talk about Midtown’s Kirby Mansion, the latest historic building to be threatened by demolition.
Developer Steve Radom and landscape architect Cynthia Dehlavi join Nancy and Allyn to talk about Houston’s strip mall mentality and what makes a shopping center “cool.”
Randalls -- once the go-to store for grocery shopping in Houston -- has been edged out over the years by its competitors offering lower prices and wider selections. Paul Takahashi, who covers grocers for the Chronicle, talks with Nancy and Allyn about recent store closings. Real estate broker and retail expert Jason Baker also weighs on what Randalls has meant to Houston, the current power players, and how a desire for convenience is changing the grocery game.