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Another Plan for the Dome and Post Oak Boulevard’s Place in History: Friday’s Show (June 24, 2016)

Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones. On this edition of Houston […]

The exterior of the Astrodome as shown during the building's 50th birthday celebration. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media.Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about James Richards’ idea for re-purposing Houston’s most iconic building.

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Environmental Atlas

A new book offers a comprehensive, statewide picture of environmental issues and conservation efforts across Texas. The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People compiled data from several agencies and groups to offer a better look at the environmental state of Texas.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all.

This week, we discuss: House Democrats staging a sit-in over gun-control measures, Texas becoming a worse place to be a kid – according to one assessment, and the Sky Lobby inside the Chase Tower closing to the public. This week's panel includes: Mary Flood, Tamara Tabo and Charles Kuffner.

The History and Significance of Post Oak Boulevard

On Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m., Houston Public Media TV 8 will air a documentary called Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy. It's produced by the Texas Foundation for the Arts. One person who is featured prominently in the documentary is Robert Sakowitz, a local commercial icon. Robert joins us to talk about the film and why one street in Houston needed its own documentary.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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