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EPISODE 106 — The Houstorian Calendar —A few years ago Houston preservationist James Glassman began posting each day on his Twitter feed about important events that happened on any given day in Houston history. Those tweets inspired a new book, "The Houstorian Calendar: Today in Houston History,"

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Ep107: Harvey tours

February 21st, 2019


About six months after Hurricane Harvey ripped through southeast Texas, Chronicle editor Dianna Hunt, who helped guide the paper’s coverage of the storm, took some family members visiting from Massachusetts on a driving …

Ep106: The Houstorian Calendar

February 14th, 2019


A few years ago Houston preservationist James Glassman began posting each day on his Twitter feed about important events that happened on any given day in Houston history. Those tweets inspired a new book, "The …

Ep105: The Loopie Awards for Houston real estate

February 5th, 2019


For Looped In's second-annual Loopie Awards, Nancy asked listeners to vote for their favorite real estate deals and developments of the past year. She gets help revealing the winners from none other than Looped In …

Ep104: Rent, Buy, Repeat

January 24th, 2019


Nancy and Allyn bring back former guest (and Chronicle tech writer) Dwight Silverman to talk about his adventures in the Houston housing market. Silverman, a baby boomer who for years owned a townhouse in Montrose, …

Ep103: Door to Opendoor

January 16th, 2019


As promised, Looped In hit the road to visit a house listed for sale by an iBuyer, a company that uses data and technology to make fast offers on …

Ep102: An eye on ibuyers

January 4th, 2019


ibuyers, these new data-driven real estate companies that buy properties directly from homeowners, are battling for market share in Houston and …

Ep101: Meet the legends of Houston real estate, Part II

December 19th, 2018


In the second part of Looped In's discussion with Houston real estate veterans Joe Colaco, Marvy Finger, Ed Wulfe and Welcome Wilson Sr., we talk …

Ep100: Meet the legends of Houston real estate, Part I

December 10th, 2018


For Looped In's 100th episode, we sat down with some of the city's most prominent figures in real estate and development. Joe Colaco, Marvy Finger, …

Ep99: WORTH ANOTHER LISTEN: Houston real estate history 101

December 6th, 2018


Looped In has been on a mini break gearing up for a new year and new episodes, so enjoy this rerun from November 2016 on the history of Houston neighborhoods. (Incidentally, we recorded this episode right after real …

Ep98: Still homeless after Harvey

November 16th, 2018


Nearly 1,800 households in East Texas are still living in trailers provided by FEMA more than a year after Hurricane Harvey. Now, many are at risk of …

Ep97: Adding developments to flood plains

November 8th, 2018


More than a year after Hurricane Harvey, developers continue to build in parts of Houston that flood, and it's not expected to stop anytime soon. After all, one-third of the city is covered by flood plains. On the …

Ep96: Small house, big city

November 2nd, 2018


After years of catering to move-up buyers with big housing budgets, builders in Houston are introducing new models with lower price tags and smaller footprints. One company is marketing a 1,000-square-foot model with …

Ep95: Why Mattress Firm blanketed the market

October 16th, 2018


Nancy and Chronicle retail reporter Paul Takahashi deep dive into Mattress Firm’s strategy of “over-storing” and talk about where the company – now …

Ep75: Why building affordable housing can be so unaffordable

April 16th, 2018


In her attempts to bring a communal-style pocket neighborhood to Acres Homes, Heidi Eagleton discovered another way she could build in the …

Ep74: 'Bean' there, done that

April 4th, 2018


Whenever Houston finds itself in competition with another city, it’s usually about the food, the fashion or the attitudes of the people – and it’s usually Dallas that we’re defending ourselves against. Houston recently …

Ep73: Immigrants’ impact on rebuilding Houston

March 21st, 2018


Perhaps unlike any other time in history, immigrant labor is playing a critical role in getting Houston back on track, a theme highlighted in a new …

Ep72: Buffalo Bayou Reborn (w/Anne Olson)

March 6th, 2018


Hurricane Harvey destroyed the lower portions of Buffalo Bayou Park, devastating the beloved dog park and causing the loss of some 400 trees. After …

Ep71: Gosh Dome It!

February 27th, 2018


Ryan Walsh, one of the county officials guiding the redevelopment of the Astrodome, and local preservationist James Glassman join Nancy and Harris County reporter Mihir Zaveri to discuss the plans, the funding and the …

Ep70: If these walls could talk: the final days of Montrose's antique French ballroom

February 20th, 2018


Nancy and Allyn talk to Chronicle writer Molly Glentzer about her story on dismantling the 18th century ballroom at La Colombe d’Or, the boutique …

Ep69: Documenting racial tensions in Riverside

February 14th, 2018


Houston native and L.A.-based filmmaker Jon Schwartz talks about his 1987 documentary This is our home, it is not for sale. The film explores integration, real estate blockbusting and white flight in Riverside, a …

Ep68: The silver lining to Amazon’s snub

February 6th, 2018


In its failed bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, Houston offered up three urban sites with tremendous potential: a vacant downtown skyscraper, a sprawling property along Buffalo Bayou and an aging department store in …

Ep67: Buying and selling flooded homes

January 29th, 2018


Nancy gets a look behind the curtain on an industry that’s playing a key role in Houston’s post-Hurricane Harvey real estate market: investing in …

Ep66: The Loopies: Our inaugural awards for Houston real estate and things

January 4th, 2018


For the first episode of 2018, Nancy and Allyn asked their social media followers to cast their votes for some of 2017's most outstanding real estate …

Ep65: H-E-B bets on Meyerland (w/Scott McClelland)

December 22nd, 2017


Scott McClelland, the newly minted president of H-E-B, will open nine stores in and around Houston in 2018 and will begin building what could be …

Ep64: Building the perfect prefab

December 14th, 2017


Houston architect Brett Zamore earned high praise more than a decade ago for his modern reinvention of the shotgun house. His next move was designing and building kit houses in the urban core. Zamore joins Nancy and …

Ep63: What NOAA knows now about Texas storms

November 29th, 2017


New storm data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, or NOAA, could lead to sweeping changes in the way real estate is developed in …

Ep62: Future proofing

November 22nd, 2017


A world where a self-driving car is a common mode of transportation is not that far away. Such a scenario has implications for real estate development. Take office buildings, which in Houston are required to have 2 1/2 …

Ep61: What downtown could look like in 20 years (w/ Bob Eury)

November 15th, 2017


Two decades from now, downtown Houston could be a be a thriving neighborhood where the streets teem with life seven days a week. In this future …

Ep60: Living large in a micro condo

November 7th, 2017


A pair of developers from Montreal join Nancy and Allyn to talk urban housing trends from around the world and their newest Houston project: an upscale development in Midtown with 14 pint-sized condominiums.

Ep59: Amber's journey (Harvey series, part VIII)

October 27th, 2017


Before the storm hit, Amber and Lenny Ambrose packed up their two young kids and small dog and drove to Amber's parent's house in Nederland, outside of Beaumont. The Ambrose's house in Candlelight Forest flooded during …

Ep58: Swamped and the city revisited

October 19th, 2017


From episode 23, Nancy and Erin talk to Chronicle journalists Mike Morris (City Hall) and Mihir Zaveri (Harris County) about their reporting on floods and development after two major flooding events two years in a row. 

Ep57: MUDs and floods (Harvey series, Part VI)

October 13th, 2017


Residents of Canyon Gate say they were never told about the warning that said their neighborhood could be subject to severe flooding because it was …

Ep56: Brandon’s journey (Harvey series, Part V)

October 6th, 2017


Brandon Polson recounts his journey from helping his neighbors escape their flood-ravaged apartment complex to spending an evening with one of the …

Ep55: Riding out the hurricane in a new house (Harvey series, Part IV)

October 3rd, 2017


As Harvey's flood waters continued to rise in Braes Heights, Scott Davis, his wife and their two young daughters fled to a neighbor's place – a brand new house built five feet above grade. As Davis sees it, the safest …

Ep54: What's zoning got to do with it? (Harvey series, Part III)

September 27th, 2017


Before Hurricane Harvey's flood waters could even recede, the national media was reporting on Houston's lack of zoning and how it played a role in …

Ep53: Milton’s journey (Stories from Hurricane Harvey and Houston’s recovery, Part II)

September 22nd, 2017


From his second-story apartment in west Houston, Milton Lawson thought he had avoided the worst of Harvey. But then officials began releasing water from the nearby Addicks reservoir. Lawson recalls his journey from …

Ep52: Stories from Hurricane Harvey and Houston's recovery, Part I

September 20th, 2017


Looped In returns with a multi-part series exploring the lives of several Houstonians who survived Hurricane Harvey but remain in a state of limbo as …

Ep51: Breweries: The latest neighborhood amenity

August 14th, 2017


Research has shown that living near a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or Starbucks can increase the value of your home. The same might be true of craft …

Ep50: Warehouse wars

August 10th, 2017


Retailers don’t just take up space in shopping malls and strip centers. Amazon, Home Depot, Walmart and others have been building giant warehouses to store everything from toothpaste to toilet paper to toys. Nancy talks …

Ep49: Acres Homes is where the art is

August 3rd, 2017


Nancy hits the road to visit painter John Calaway in his new studio in Acres Homes, a historically African-American neighborhood that has long attracted artists for its open space and affordable land. Now, though, …

Ep48: Deconstructing the Houston farmers market

July 29th, 2017


Nancy and her Chronicle colleagues Allyn West and Jody Schmal discuss the hour they spent with the new owners and consultants (including James Beard …

Ep47: Why Houston has so much parking, Part II

July 20th, 2017


When real estate investor Mark Davis released some early renderings for a redevelopment project on lower Westheimer, they were criticized by some who didn’t like the plans for parking on the site. Davis tells Nancy and …

Ep46: Why Houston has so much parking, Part I

July 14th, 2017


City planner Christopher Andrews joins Nancy and her co-host Allyn West to discuss how Houston’s parking ordinance and other building regulations …

Ep45: How legal weed can spark a real estate market

July 5th, 2017


Texas may be a long way from legalizing marijuana, but if that day ever comes Houston's real estate market could change dramatically. That's what …

Ep44: Montrose, TX: uniquely urban in a city of sprawl

June 23rd, 2017


When Houston Chronicle managing editor Vernon Loeb arrived in Houston some four years ago he rented an apartment in Montrose and began exploring the area on foot. An avid marathoner, Loeb learned his new neighborhood by …

Ep43: Will the Heights farmers market get ‘hipsterized?’

June 15th, 2017


New owners of the Heights-area farmers market say they want to expand the offerings with a seafood counter, a butcher and a baker. They plan to improve the space by adding bathrooms and fixing the jumbled parking …

Ep42: Swiping right on 609 Main

June 7th, 2017


In 1970s and 1980s Houston, skyscrapers were built as urban icons where form often overtook function. Nancy Sarnoff talks to the Chronicle's Allyn West about how the city’s newest office towers are transforming into …

Ep41: Looped In LIVE!

May 31st, 2017


Nancy and Erin (she’s back for one more episode!) host their first live show from the lobby of downtown’s historic Texaco building – now a luxury apartment tower called The Star. In front of about 25 of their most loyal …

Ep40: Concourse Cuisine

May 22nd, 2017


A wave of new restaurants connected to local superchefs (such as James Beard Award-winning Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s and Chris Shepherd of Underbelly) are beginning to congregate in an unlikely place: the airport. From …

Ep39: Millennials, meatloaf and Mulvaney

May 11th, 2017


On Erin's last official episode of Looped In, she and Nancy share memories of their past year podcasting about the quirks, the curiosities and the characters that define Houston real estate.

Looped In will continue, but …

Live show update

May 10th, 2017


Eek! We’re recording our next episode in front of a live audience. Want be part of our first live show? Listen for details.

Ep38: Grocery Store Wars

May 4th, 2017


Houston has perhaps the most competitive grocery market in the country, and as H-E-B's real estate broker, it's Lance Gilliam's job to keep up with the major players and the latest trends. Gilliam, a partner with …

Ep37: What’s up with Uptown’s Zone d’Erotica?

April 27th, 2017


Nancy Sarnoff and Erin Mulvaney are joined by retail guru Ed Wulfe to discuss Uptown’s Zone d’Erotica, the adult novelty shop widely seen as a …

Ep36: Affording Houston, Part II

April 18th, 2017


Nancy and Erin continue their conversation with the Houston Housing Authority’s Tory Gunsolley about how the city is grappling with its lack of …

Ep35: Affording Houston, Part I

April 13th, 2017


Historically, Houston has always been a relatively cheap place to live. Now, not so much. There are more than 300,000 households here paying more …

Ep34: Apartments: When will the specials end?

April 5th, 2017


For the past 30 years multifamily analyst Bruce McClenny has seen the apartment market boom and bust a few times. The wild overbuilding always …

Ep33: High-rise living in a low-rise town

March 27th, 2017


Condomania: Nancy and Erin are joined by Jacob Sudhoff, a luxury real estate broker marketing some of the most expensive condos in town, to discuss why Houstonians never had much of an appetite for condo living and how …

Ep32: #Downtown

March 11th, 2017


Downtown boosters have floated myriad proposals over the years as they've worked to transform the city center into a vibrant place for people to live, work and most importantly, stay. The latest proposal is a plan to …

Ep31: The cost of labor lost

March 2nd, 2017


Many of the thousands of laborers building Houston's glass and steel skyscrapers, apartment complexes, houses and roads are immigrants living here illegally. What if they were forced to leave the country? Chronicle …

Ep30: Houston, we have a plan. Now what?

February 24th, 2017


Houston architect and planning advocate Joe Webb joins Nancy and Erin to talk about “Plan Houston,” the city’s first-ever comprehensive planning effort meant to provide a strategic vision for housing, transportation, …

Ep29: Does the Texas bullet train have a shot?

February 17th, 2017


Before a 240-mile train connecting Houston to Dallas becomes a reality, the folks proposing it must convince an unknown number of property owners to …

Ep28: Airbnbust

February 8th, 2017


Ep27: PARTY!! Finding the sights and celebs of Super Bowl LI

January 31st, 2017


Houston will get a flash of Hollywood glam this week when celebrities begin to descend on the Bayou City for Super Bowl LI. Local publicist Mark …

Ep26: Can your house score $10k this Super Bowl (w/Laura Spanjian of Airbnb)

January 26th, 2017


Thousands of Houstonians have listed their homes on various vacation rental platforms in hopes of cashing in during Super Bowl LI. But is it …

Ep25: Housing Boomer

January 11th, 2017


Dwight Silverman spent years raising kids in a comfortable subdivision in piney northwest Houston before deciding to buy a townhouse inside the Loop. …

Ep24: And the Swampie goes to…

December 27th, 2016


It’s Swampie season. The real estate website Swamplot is collecting ballots for its annual “Swampie” awards, which showcase all that is …

Ep23: Swamped and the City

December 22nd, 2016


Houston was hit with two major flooding events two years in a row. Roads and highways were under water. Subdivisions and people's homes were destroyed. Questions arose about why is this happening and what can be done to …

Ep22: Montrose: can you manage this?

December 16th, 2016


There could be weighty implications for Houston if president-elect Donald Trump picks Ben Carson for secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban …

Ep21: All about the sprawl

December 6th, 2016


Town centers in The Woodlands, Sugar Land and elsewhere are filled with storefront-lined streets, multifamily housing and even hotels and office …

Ep20: Houston Real Estate History 101

November 28th, 2016


Which Houston neighborhoods were designed to look like English cemeteries? Why does U.S. 59 outside the 610 Loop veer off at a 90 degree angle towards Sugar Land? Houston housing expert Scott Davis answers these …

Ep19: Ms. Mulvaney goes to Washington

November 14th, 2016


In typical millennial fashion, Looped In co-host Erin has picked up and moved. She put Houston in her rear-view mirror last week when she took a three-day road trip to her new home in the Washington D.C. area. In this …

Ep18: ‘Brew’-haha in the Heights, Part II

November 4th, 2016


Nancy and Erin hear from H-E-B's Scott McClelland, who is hoping Heights residents vote 'yes' Tuesday on the ballot measure that would allow …

Ep17: ‘Brew’-haha in the Heights, Part I

November 2nd, 2016


On Nov. 8, residents in a corner of the Heights will vote on a measure that, if approved, would allow stores to sell beer and wine for the first time …

Ep16: Make Bayous Great Again

October 25th, 2016


On the latest episode of Looped In, Parks Board president and CEO Beth White joins Nancy and Erin to chat about the transformation of Houston’s once tired bayous into connected greenways throughout the city. A Chicago …

Ep15: The Z Word, Part II

October 19th, 2016


Nancy and Erin continue their conversation with Houston land use professor Matthew Festa about the city’s lack of a formal zoning code. And in the “lighting round of questions,” find out what Festa’s favorite land use …

Ep14: The Z Word, Part I

October 12th, 2016


Houston has long been famous for its cowboys, pickup trucks and freeways. But there’s another key characteristic that’s shaped the city from early on: a lack of zoning. Erin and Nancy talk to land use professor Matthew …

Ep13: Over the river and through the Dome

October 4th, 2016


A Houston developer is planning what it says will be a “transformative” mixed-use project that could shift the urban core to the east. It will be …

Ep12: Dome Stop Believing

September 27th, 2016


Some call it the Eighth Wonder of the World. Others refer to it as the albatross no one can figure out. Whatever it is, the Astrodome has a special …

EP11: Would you look at that Swankienda?

September 22nd, 2016


Erin and Nancy give a shout out to the GBV  -- or Glenbrook Valley -- in the latest episode of Looped In. It has been called the neighborhood “where …

Ep10: TMC: The Millennial Complex

September 15th, 2016


Nancy and Erin talk about a few different upcoming and recent stories they have worked on for the Chronicle. They explore some of the quirks of land use in the Texas Medical Center and revisit one of their favorite …

Ep9: Music & Mayhem

September 9th, 2016


In this episode of Looped In, Erin and Nancy talk about the latest, greatest and most controversial music venue in town: The White Oak Music Hall. To help them out with analyzing the saga and Houston's …

Ep8: Houston: the land of misfit tinkerers

August 23rd, 2016


In this episode of Looped In, Chronicle reporters Nancy Sarnoff and Erin Mulvaney speak with fifth-generation Houstonian James Glassman to explore …

Ep7: Hot or not?

August 16th, 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 …

Ep6: The Newstonian

August 8th, 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 …

Ep5: Free rent!

July 27th, 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 …

Ep4: Talk of the Tower: Part 2 (Don't Call me Ashby)

July 19th, 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 …

Ep3: Talk of the Tower, Part 1

July 8th, 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 …

Ep2: Hines not Heinz

June 28th, 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, …

Ep1: I'm gorgeous inside!!

June 21st, 2016


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

In “I’m gorgeous …

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