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Former Milwaukee Mayor Offers Outsider’s Look into Houston’s Urban Space

John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, thinks Houston should get rid of the Pierce Elevated. Why should we care what he has to say? Well, he’s an author, a longtime proponent of removing freeways from urban centers, and he’ll speak about just that tonight (Sept. 22, 2015) at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. […]

Wealth of Cities Book CoverJohn Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, thinks Houston should get rid of the Pierce Elevated. Why should we care what he has to say? Well, he’s an author, a longtime proponent of removing freeways from urban centers, and he’ll speak about just that tonight (Sept. 22, 2015) at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Norquist is known for successfully working for the removal of an elevated freeway in Milwaukee. His experience is timely with current discussions about the future of Houston’s Pierce Elevated. Norquist, who served as Milwaukee’s mayor from 1988-2003, advocates on behalf of using surface streets and public transportation to alleviate congestion.

He talks with us about his views on the issue and his book The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of City Life.

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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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