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Advice from Longtime Houstonians: Friday’s show (March 6, 2015)

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.

Also this hour: from the still-developing Houston mayor’s race to a bump in the road for the state’s new one-sticker program, to a crusade against some court fee collection practices, to a virtual — and fleeting — confessional on Snapchat, we explore The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the week’s news. Our “non-expert” panel this week: Houston-based comedian Ty Mahany, Lorís Simón from Houston’s Literal: Latin American Voices magazine, and Off the Kuff political blogger Charles Kuffner.

Plus: The Houston Dynamo begin their tenth season Saturday night at home against the Columbus Crew. On the field, the Dynamo have been the most successful sports franchise in Houston’s recent history, winning back-to-back MLS Cup Championships in 2006 and 2007, and reaching the finals in two other seasons. In 2012, the team began play at BBVA Compass Stadium in the city’s East End. And just last year, the team’s ownership group launched the Houston Dash, a team in the National Women’s Soccer League.

We look back at the first ten years of the Dynamo’s tenure in Houston – and discuss what’s ahead – with Chris Canetti, the team’s president of business operations.

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