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Longtime Houstonians Share Their Advice for Living Here

We’ve had so many folks move to Greater Houston in recent years, and so each September, we present Houston Matters’ newcomers guide to Houston. But as much as we seek to make that guide informative, it’s missing an important piece. Namely: you! As in you longtime Houstonians, folks born and raised here, or who moved […]


We’ve had so many folks move to Greater Houston in recent years, and so each September, we present Houston Matters’ newcomers guide to Houston. But as much as we seek to make that guide informative, it’s missing an important piece. Namely: you! As in you longtime Houstonians, folks born and raised here, or who moved here so many years ago that you’re practically glued to the concrete. You’ve probably learned some important lessons along the way about navigating our community.

On this edition of the program, we welcome your tips for how to not just get by in Houston, but thrive.

What lessons have you learned over the years that new Houstonians would benefit from knowing? It could be about traffic, or weather, or behavior…places to go, places not to go, things to say, things not to say. Clothes to wear, or not to wear. Things you wish you knew, or that you wish someone had told you when you first arrived. Share your hard-earned lessons. (If you do so on Twitter, please use the hashtag #HouAdvice). And join our conversation with three longtime Houstonians: Jeff Balke of the Houston Press, Lisa Gray from the Houston Chronicle, and Paul Pendergraft, producer of Texas Originals.

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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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