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Future Transportation Plans for Houston, and The Good, Bad, and the Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (June 9, 2017)

The Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG) is hosting their second annual State of Mobility event on June 8, where Mayor Sylvester Turner will talk about his ideas for the future of Houston transportation. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with TAG’s executive director, Andrea French, to discuss funding the future of Mayor Turner’s vision, and […]

The Transportation Advocacy Group (TAG) is hosting their second annual State of Mobility event on June 8, where Mayor Sylvester Turner will talk about his ideas for the future of Houston transportation. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with TAG’s executive director, Andrea French, to discuss funding the future of Mayor Turner’s vision, and we welcome listeners to share what they’d like to see in Houston’s transportation future.

Also this hour…

The Houston Commute Breaking Point

How long is too long to drive to and from work or school each day? How much traffic will you endure before you get fed up and either move or change your transportation habits? These are questions many Houstonians face, particularly if they want to live in a neighborhood far from where they work or attend classes each weekday.

It’s also a question at the heart of desires to see dramatic expansion of commuter rail in Greater Houston. We ask you where’s your breaking point? A half hour? An hour? 90 minutes? More? How much time can you spend in traffic before the drive is just too long? We also talk with News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter about whether there are any studies indicating where that breaking point may be for a preponderance of commuters.

Beautifying Houston Freeways

If you’ve driven the Southwest Freeway (aka US 59, aka I-69) south of downtown recently, maybe you’ve noticed a few overpasses are suddenly more colorful. The chain-link fences lining several overpasses have been threaded with bright colorful strips that together create an abstract tapestry. It’s part of a highway beautification project from Houston First Corporation, which held a competition for design firms to come up with something to beautify the often drab – and sometimes bleak – freeway landscape. The local landscape and architectural firm SWA Group won the competition.

They’re the same ones who designed the newly improved Buffalo Bayou Park and created the pedestrian plaza in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. The group had the task of making something that wasn’t too distracting for drivers, but also improved the look and feel of the roadway. The had numerous children take photos of Houston scenery and chose a few of their favorites. Then they used Photoshop to highly pixelate the photos and printed them onto plastic strips to make these collages of sorts. Michael Hagerty talks with Natalia Beard, principal with SWA Group, about the project.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the News

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all.

This week, our panel weighs in on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announcing a special session of the legislature to take place in July, and Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he met with a new class of astronaut candidates, toured Mission Control, and heard briefings on human spaceflight operations.

On today’s panel: Fred Goodall, author of parenting blog mochadad.com, one father’s quest to be a better dad; Vlad Davidiuk, conservative writer and political analyst, and Wayne Ashley, academic adviser, digital media strategist, and editor of TexasLeftist.com.

Audio from today’s show will available after 3 p.m. CT. We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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