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Why Can’t Houston Be More Like Other Cities?

Recently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

The downtown Houston skyline as seen from the Pierce Elevated. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaRecently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit.

We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

We explore why, in some cases, Houston really can’t be like another city, and we welcome any examples you have of other cities that, in some way, you wish Houston would emulate.

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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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