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Houston Matters for Friday, June 14, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston commute in and out of the downtown area each weekday. Joining commuters are thousands more running errands, dropping kids off at school, going shopping, going to eat. Let’s face it – we’re always going. But never more so than during “drive time.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses all […]

Hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston commute in and out of the downtown area each weekday. Joining commuters are thousands more running errands, dropping kids off at school, going shopping, going to eat. Let’s face it – we’re always going. But never more so than during “drive time.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses all navigate Greater Houston highways and byways, and you can pretty much count on some traffic snarls ensuing each weekday morning and evening.

Blood pressure rises. Less than gracious behavior is exhibited. Accidents happen. Delays happen. We get to read the same bumper sticker for 20 minutes. We dive in and out of lanes, looking for breathing room, or looking to get a car length ahead, or looking for an exit that’s approaching way too fast.

There has to be a better way.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we seek your suggestions for improving the Houston daily commute. We discuss everything from rail service to hot lanes and HOV lanes, to good old fashioned respect for the other drivers on the road.

We talk with folks who regularly think about this stuff – Gail Delaughter, KUHF’s transportation reporter, David Crossley, the President of Houston Tomorrow, and Alan Clark, Manager of Transportation and Air Quality Programs for the Houston/Galveston Area Council.

Also, a lot can happen in a week – some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. We premiere a new occasional segment highlighting “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” in the week’s news. We ask a panel of folks about topics ranging from the NSA tracking our phone calls to Governor Perry’s job-poaching tour to the Southern Baptist Convention’s resolution opposing the Boy Scouts’ new policy allowing gay scouts. We even contemplate the goodness, badness, and/or ugliness of President George H.W. Bush’s choice of birthday socks.

Plus, we learn about Juneteenth festivities at Emancipation Park…and we introduce you to the Houston area juggling scene, which includes Frenetic Theater artist-in-residence Jim MacKenzie, whose one man show “Stage Flight” takes place Friday and Saturday night (June 14-15). Saturday, June 15th is World Juggling Day. Yes, that’s a real thing.

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