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Alternative Energy Series Conclusion, Ashby High-Rise & The Inner Marilyn: Houston Matters for Tues., April 29, 2014

Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters has explored efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy. In previous weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, wind power, and biofuels. On this edition of the program, we ask what you’d prefer to see energy companies here in Texas pursue – whether traditional […]

Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters has explored efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy. In previous weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, wind power, and biofuels.

On this edition of the program, we ask what you’d prefer to see energy companies here in Texas pursue – whether traditional fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas, or the alternatives we discussed in previous weeks, or alternatives we have NOT yet discussed – from geothermal to hydroelectric power and beyond. If you ran an energy company in Houston, what sources of energy would you want to pursue? Along the way, we’ll discuss the environmental impact and economic policies associated with all forms of alternative energy, with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment.

Also this hour: Last year, nearly two dozen residents near Rice Village sued to stop development of a 21 story residential tower. Jurors decided the so-called “Ashby High-Rise” would create a nuisance. Developers appealed, and now the case is before a Harris County judge. We’ll discuss this seven-year-long battle between residents and developers, and how it represents what one of our guests calls “back door zoning.” We’ll also talk about the growth of mid- and high-rise real estate in Houston and how this case could impact future development here.

Plus: An exhibit opens in Houston this weekend that features a number of Marilyn Monroe’s personal effects. It’s called The Inner Marilyn, and it showcases, among other things, some costumes from Monroe’s movies, and photographs that chronicle her tumultuous life. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty will have a report.

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