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What Would it Mean to Designate Houston as a “Welcoming City?”

The idea of Houston being a generally welcoming city isn’t new. By most measurements, we’re the most diverse city in the nation, and have seen remarkable growth in population in recent years. But there’s a more official designation of “Welcoming City” that is predicated on bringing the city and various communities together to find new […]

The downtown Houston skyline as seen from the Pierce Elevated. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThe idea of Houston being a generally welcoming city isn’t new. By most measurements, we’re the most diverse city in the nation, and have seen remarkable growth in population in recent years.

But there’s a more official designation of “Welcoming City” that is predicated on bringing the city and various communities together to find new ways to help immigrants integrate here.

We learn more about this “Welcoming City” designation (which has been adopted in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City, among other cities) from Angela Blanchard, president and CEO of Neighborhood Centers, a non-profit that helps connect low-income clients, many of them immigrants, with opportunities in Houston. We also talk with Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

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