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Big 12 Dreams and Houston’s Changing Neighborhoods: Thursday’s Show (October 13, 2016)

The conference structure in NCAA Division I college athletics can be dizzying to try to understand. There are a couple tiers of major conferences. The top tier are the Power 5 conferences. They get more media attention, and more acclaim — and the revenue that comes with it all. Universities want to be part of a […]

Fundraising Banner Fall 2016The conference structure in NCAA Division I college athletics can be dizzying to try to understand. There are a couple tiers of major conferences. The top tier are the Power 5 conferences. They get more media attention, and more acclaim — and the revenue that comes with it all. Universities want to be part of a Power 5 conference like the Big 10, or Big 12, because, well, there’s big money at stake.

So, this summer, when the Big 12 announced plans to expand from ten to 12 teams, a couple dozen universities stepped up seeking admission. Among them — and perhaps leading them — is the University of Houston.

UH officials believe being in the Big 12 could transform the university. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether that’s true, who would stand to benefit and why some schools currently in the Big 12 may be less than enthused about the possibility. We welcome your questions for Sports Radio 610’s Sean Pendergrast, and Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine writer Jeff Balke.

Also this hour…

Houston’s Changing Neighborhoods

We’ve regularly discussed on this program the ways in which Houston has been transforming in recent years. We Houstonians have watched as our infrastructure has struggled to keep up with dramatic population growth. We’ve also both celebrated and bemoaned the reinvention of entire neighborhoods — what some see as improvements, and others dismiss as gentrification.

Whatever it is that’s happened here in Houston has led to some areas losing one look and feel in favor of another. From the development of EaDo to changes continuing to surface in Houston’s Third Ward, we discuss what’s changing, what’s improving and what could possibly be lost as Houston’s neighborhoods continue to evolve. We welcome your thoughts for Houston Chronicle real estate reporter Erin Mulvaney, and Lester King from Rice University’s Houston Sustainability Indicators Project.

Houston Matters Highlights Fascinating Authors

Over the course of the next week, Houston Matters will highlight our coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like pensions, campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. But today, amid day one of our fall fundraising campaign, we remind you of some of the many compelling authors we’ve spoken with over the last year. After all, when your friends and neighbors made the choice to support Houston Public Media, they provided the funds necessary to devote staff resources to these often fascinating interviews. We hope you’ll support Houston Public Media and allow us to continue to bring you great conversations like those we highlight today.

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