Houston Matters

Stories of ‘Accidental Houstonians’ and How They Shape Our City

Many Houstonians were born here, but there are also many others who grew up someplace else and never really planned on living in Houston, but moved here for a job opportunity, or a life change. They are “accidental Houstonians.” And we explore what has brought some of them here over the years, and how they’ll […]

Many Houstonians were born here, but there are also many others who grew up someplace else and never really planned on living in Houston, but moved here for a job opportunity, or a life change. They are “accidental Houstonians.” And we explore what has brought some of them here over the years, and how they’ll help shape our city’s future, on this edition of Houston Matters.

We discuss historical migrations to Houston with Joe Pratt, Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston. Houston Chronicle reporter St. John Barned-Smith will join us to discuss his bi-weekly series at the Chronicle exploring accidental Houstonians. And we talk with Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, about where new Houstonians are coming from today. Along the way, we welcome your questions and comments, whether you would characterize yourself as an ‘accidental Houstonian” or not.

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