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Vision Zero and the Yale Green Corridor: Wednesday’s Show (January 27, 2016)

On Jan.14, 2016, Houston Tomorrow unveiled its “Vision Zero” plan – proposed steps to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Houston. On this edition of Houston Matters, we find out what they want the city to do in order to achieve that goal, as we talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, the […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaOn Jan.14, 2016, Houston Tomorrow unveiled its “Vision Zero” plan – proposed steps to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Houston. On this edition of Houston Matters, we find out what they want the city to do in order to achieve that goal, as we talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, the executive director of Houston Tomorrow. We also learn what San Antonio has done in pursuit of such a goal from Shirley Gonzales, City Councilwoman for District 5 in San Antonio.

Also this hour: We all know Houston traffic’s bad. But is it also bad for our physical health? We talk with a pair of local researchers who have studied the potentially adverse health effects of Houston traffic and road noise, which can lead to stress and elevated heart rates.

Then: The Urban Forestry Committee of the Houston Heights Association wants to make sure the trees along Yale Street in the Heights will be here for decades to come. They’ve teamed up with residents and businesses along Yale to petition the city to designate a two-mile stretch of the roadway as the Yale Green Corridor. Edel Howlin learns more from the committee’s Jonathan Smulian.

Plus: The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition hosts an environmental film festival at the River Oaks Theatre tonight and tomorrow night (Jan. 27-28, 2016). It’ll feature nearly two dozen films. We learn more from executive director Rachel Powers.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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