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A Closer Look at the Plan to Save the Dome

Posted on · Last week (Sept. 27, 2016), Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved $10.5 million for the design phase for the Astrodome project. It's part of the $105 million plan to preserve and revitalize the iconic structure. That plan entails raising the structure's floor, providing underground parking and converting the building into usable public space. We talk […]

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A Closer Look at the Astrodome Plan: Friday’s Show (October 7, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Sept. 27, 2016), Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved $10.5 million for the design phase for the Astrodome project. It's part of the $105 million plan to preserve and revitalize the iconic structure. That plan entails raising the structure's floor, providing underground parking and converting the building into usable public space. On today’s […]

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Plans for the Pits and a Gaslamp Lawsuit: The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in […]

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Your Questions for Mayor Sylvester Turner: Friday’s Show (September 30, 2016)

Posted on · Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a preliminary plan to reform the city's pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over thirty years. The plan will, among other measures, lower the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which Turner says […]

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The Good The Bad and The Ugly: The Long View of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in Houston. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of it all. During the recent 2016 Houston Matters Roadshow (recorded […]

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Are We Any Closer to a Concrete Plan for the Astrodome?

Posted on · Yesterday (June 28, 2016), the Harris County Commissioners Court unveiled updated plans and cost estimates for preserving the Astrodome. The plan involves raising the dome's floor to ground level to create a 9-acre open space with air conditioning and building an underground parking garage with room for 1,400 vehicles. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says […]

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The Future of the Astrodome and Revitalizing the Fifth Ward: Wednesday’s Show (June 29, 2016)

Posted on · Yesterday (June 28, 2016), the Harris County Commissioners Court unveiled updated plans and cost estimates for preserving the Astrodome. The plan involves raising the dome's floor to ground level to create a 9-acre open space with air conditioning and building an underground parking garage with room for 1,400 vehicles. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says […]

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Architect Proposes Re-Purposing the Astrodome into Something Called A-Dome Park

Posted on · Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones. We learn more about James […]

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Another Plan for the Dome and Post Oak Boulevard’s Place in History: Friday’s Show (June 24, 2016)

Posted on · Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones. On this edition of Houston […]

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Houston Has a New Director at the ULI Office, What Does That Mean?

Posted on · The Houston office of the Urban Land Institute has a new executive director. David Kim has experience in local real estate and with nonprofits. What will he be doing in his new role, and how does his past experience apply to the Houston ULI office? And just what does the ULI office do? Kim tells […]