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The Ion development agreement, and a veteran helps resettle Afghan refugees (Nov. 11, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: Houston City Council approves an agreement with the Ion developers, and an Afghanistan veteran shares how working to resettle refugees from that country helped him process his experiences from the war.

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On Thursday’s show: City council members have overwhelmingly approved an agreement with the developers of the Ion innovation district despite two years of pushback from community organizers and neighbors who are concerned about the massive development's potential gentrification impact on the historically Black Third Ward area. News 88.7’s Jen Rice explains what the vote means.

Also this hour: Plans for the East River development in the East End.

Plus, on this Veterans Day, Houston Army veteran Tam Pham, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now a student at South Texas College of Law Houston, shares how working to resettle refugees from Afghanistan helped him process his experiences from the war.

And we revisit a 2019 conversation about how Houston influenced the late columnist and humorist Molly Ivins.

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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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