Allyn West, Houston Chronicle

Allyn West

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Houston, TX, United States

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Past articles by Allyn:

Essay: You can see all of Houston from POST

The flip of the property from public to private suggests it’s developers, not... → Read More

Opinion: No more 'sacrifice zones.' Time for Port Houston to become a good neighbor.

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill directs funding to ports to invest in cleaner... → Read More

Who’s Going to Take Responsibility for Air Pollution in Texas?

Legal experts say that environmental laws must be more strongly enforced by the government to protect the health and safety of Texans. → Read More

Opinion: The W. A. Parish plant in Texas is burning your lungs and the planet. Why won’t NRG replace it?

Instead of confronting the reality of its pollution, NRG Energy’s W. A. Parish plant keeps burning. → Read More

Achieving Vision Zero in Houston Isn’t Going To Happen One Intersection at a Time

Eliminating the thousands of injuries and deaths that happen on Houston’s streets will require a reckoning that the city does not appear ready to make. → Read More

Editorial: Air Pollution Was Already Killing Us. Then Came the Coronavirus. Why Won’t the EPA Act?

By refusing to strengthen particulate matter standards, the Environmental Protection Agency is putting more people at risk. → Read More

Why is it so hard to say yes to walkability in Houston? [Essay]

The community engagement process is overly susceptible to mobilization, manipulation and misinformation. → Read More

Hurricane Harvey led to stronger policies. Five chemical fires — ITC, KMCO, Exxon Mobil, TPC, Watson — should too

Hurricane Harvey led to stronger policies. Chemical disasters — at ITC, KMCO, Exxon Mobil, TPC, Watson — should, too. → Read More

Exploring the Architecture of Gentrification

The rules and systems that have produced gentrification aesthetics—financial ones as well as political ones—create a kind of socioeconomic standardization. → Read More

Are employee naps good for business?

Because Americans already work more, on average, than our counterparts in other countries, many of us get less sleep and are less productive. Can work naps fix that? → Read More

When you couldn’t see the Arboretum for the trees [Opinion]

<p>Half the trees died. It’s better now.</p> → Read More

Houston needs us to keep 'Swamplotting' [Opinion]

The popular architecture and real estate blog Swamplot is ending its run. But maybe its legacy should be an action more than an archive, anyway. → Read More

What's the real cost of new freeways in Houston? [Opinion]

Because TxDOT doesn’t have to answer to voters, their massive road projects often ignore the reality of the people on the ground. → Read More

Aja Gabel can make you hear music

The writers's debut novel follows the lives of four professional musicians as they struggle and succeed, start families and find themselves. → Read More

Will the new Bagby be the best street in Houston? [Commentary]

A $22 million project to redesign the street with wider sidewalks and a bike lane shows that the city is thinking about how people will want to live in the 21st century. → Read More

Rejoice, Houston pedestrians! A teeny-tiny victory on Kirby. [Commentary]

Houston pedestrians are tough. We don't expect much. Usually we don't get much, either. → Read More

What will happen to the Sears sign in Midtown?

Though it's been blacked out since the store closed, there is hope that it will have a new life on the re-imagined building. → Read More

How the Astrodome was saved [Essay]

Without the letters, petitions and road trips of mostly anonymous preservationists, Houston might have lost its most iconic building. → Read More

Remembering the Columbia disaster, 15 years later

In 2003, above Texas, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on reentry after 16 days in space. All seven astronauts aboard died. → Read More

Who was Sam Houston at the end of his life?

A new biography of Sam Houston argues that his legacy in American history deserves to stand as tall as his statue beside Interstate 45 in Huntsville. → Read More