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Houston Matters for Friday, August 2, 2013

Many Houston area neighborhoods have developed their own special identity. But neighborhoods change over time, and what defined a neighborhood years ago may not define it today. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider how the personality of one such Houston neighborhood – Montrose – has changed in recent years. Also, on the heels of […]

Many Houston area neighborhoods have developed their own special identity. But neighborhoods change over time, and what defined a neighborhood years ago may not define it today. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider how the personality of one such Houston neighborhood – Montrose – has changed in recent years.

Also, on the heels of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal court in San Antonio to require the state of Texas to get federal approval before making any changes to voting procedures. Attorney General Eric Holder last week characterized Texas as having a history of quote – “pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities.” He cited last year’s redistricting case as an example of why Texas should have to “go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices.” We discuss the implications of the Shelby ruling, and whether there could still be federal preclearance in Texas elections.

Plus, we preview White Linen Nights in the Heights…and this weekend’s 23rd Houston International Jazz Festival.

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