Drug addiction was behind Freddie Johnson's two decades of homelessness. But when he put crack cocaine behind him and moved into a low-cost apartment complex, he became living proof that homeless prevention efforts really do work.

A lot has to go just right in order to find "the right one." But the holiday tree matchmakers did a great job this year.

Brenda Scott has worked here for 25 years and has risen to the position of deputy assistant director of Housing and Community Development. Her position as the pastor of a local church is a higher calling.

Shady Lane Park has received an extreme makeover and has been transformed into a Northside neighborhood's refuge.


Dipti Mathur-Ghorpade, a planner leader with the Planning and Development Department, collaborates with her colleagues to help solve problems and map changes is this changing city, no matter how hectic things become.

As one of the largest airports in the country, Bush Intercontinental is a gateway to Houston, a hive of activity with thousands of daily departures and arrivals — and an art gallery. That’s right: Amazing artworks are sprinkled throughout the terminals. You could even go on your own art crawl the next time you fly in or out of IAH.

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