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Prisons, Queso and Pints: Houston Matters Weekend for Dec. 17, 2016

Posted on · A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education. The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

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Houston’s First-Ever City Song Took Some Liberties with History

Posted on · Did you know that Houston had its own official city song back in the early 20th century? Nope? Well, neither did the folks at Preservation Houston — that is until they received a donation of the first-ever Houston flag and started digging around for information on it. It seems the flag — and the song — were born […]

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Pensions and ADA Compliant Voting: Tuesday’s Show (August 16, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (August 9, 2016), Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a report highlighting the current financial state of Houston’s pensions. The report lays out why the city’s unfunded liabilities are growing, and offers options for reform (though it does not make any recommendations about those options). On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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What Will Houston Be Like in 30 Years?

Posted on · MORE: Your Predictions for the Houston of 2045 30 years ago this past weekend, Back to the Future opened in theaters here in Houston and across the country. The film, and its subsequent sequels, tells the tale of Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveling back and forth through time in a tricked-out DeLorean. First, Marty […]

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What Are Some of Houston’s Greatest Mistakes?

Posted on · We all make mistakes in our lives – we take a step one way, when we probably should have gone the other. We try to learn from those missteps and not repeat them, but sometimes, well, the lesson’s never really learned. The same can be said for communities. Some decisions we made (or didn’t make) […]

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Houston’s Greatest Mistakes: Friday’s show (April 24, 2015)

Posted on · We all make mistakes in our lives – we take a step one way, when we probably should have gone the other. We try to learn from those missteps and not repeat them, but sometimes, well, the lesson’s never really learned. The same can be said for communities. Some decisions we made (or didn’t make) […]

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The Last Seat At The Dome: Buying A Piece of Houston History

Posted on · Last year, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation offered Houstonians an opportunity to purchase seats from the Astrodome. Matthew Murphy is one of the Houston residents who jumped at the chance to buy a pair of seats that were once housed in the iconic building. Murphy filmed his experience for what was originally meant […]

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Houston Matters for Thu., Nov. 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about the landmark application process, and what it would mean for the Astrodome to receive that designation. We then turn our attention to other historic places in Houston. What sites or buildings, in your view, need saving here? We’ll welcome your thoughts. And we’ll find out what criteria must be met […]