Houston wanted to lead the nation in long-term affordable housing. Now it’s backpedaling.

Posted on · Houston’s community land trust was once touted as an innovative way to address its housing crisis. But city leaders slashed its funding by half as bureaucracy bogged down the program and enthusiasm dwindled.

Concrete Batch Plant Protest Harris County


Texans affected by pollution from concrete batch plants push state agency to tighten regulations

Posted on · As the state’s environmental agency weighs new pollution limits on the plants, several lawmakers have filed bills that would put new restrictions on the facilities, which spew pollutants into mostly low-income neighborhoods.

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What Potential Artist Housing Could Mean for Acres Homes Neighborhood

Posted on · Acres Homes has been talked about as a place for revitalization for a while but typically within the context of preserving the historic African-American neighborhood. But now a different sort of development is planned in the enclave: high-end housing for artists. We discuss the concept, how Acres Homes residents are reacting to it, and what […]

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Star Trek’s Impact on Space City: Thursday’s Show (September 8, 2016)

Posted on · Fifty years ago today, on Sept. 8, 1966, Star Trek debuted on American television. The original television series lasted just three seasons, but a legion of fans kept Trek culture alive for a decade, leading to a series of films, which spawned a new TV series, which led to three additional series, and more movies, […]

Houston Matters

Examining the Future of Affordable Housing in Greater Houston

Posted on · The Houston Housing Authority is a city agency tasked with developing affordable housing in the city through a federal low-rent public housing program and a housing voucher program. HHA has proposed eight projects in the last three years. Five of them have been blocked, and while the agency has redeveloped existing properties, purchased land and […]