Houston Matters

Border Odyssey: Meeting the People Patrolling and Living Near the U.S.-Mexico Border

Posted on · In 2010, Duke University professor Charles Thompson followed the U.S.-Mexico border, which spans nearly two-thousand miles. They followed a path from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean, exploring small towns and larger communities on both sides of the border. Thompson spoke with residents living within these border communities to get a better understanding […]

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Makeshift Border Towns: Improving Life in Texas ‘Colonias’

Posted on · All along the Texas/Mexico border — and the border of neighboring states — are residential areas that lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water, septic or sewer systems, electricity, paved roads or safe and sanitary housing. These makeshift towns that offer little more than third-world conditions inside the U.S. are […]

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Real Estate, Immigration, Pet Care, and Deflategate: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Posted on · As discussed previously on this program, the Urban Land Institute and Price Waterhouse Cooper's "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report suggests Houston is the country's number one "market to watch" this year. So, Houston Matters will do just that, periodically, throughout 2015. It’s been a seller’s market in real estate here in Houston for […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Troops to the Border, No Refusals & Houston’s First Parklet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Gov. Perry sending members of the National Guard to the Texas – Mexico border, to an expansion of Harris County’s “no refusal” DUI prevention weekends to Houston’s smallest park — its first so-called “parklet” — we parse the good, the bad and the ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts […]

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Marketing to Hispanics and Joe Leydon on Roger Ebert: Houston Matters for Friday, July 25, 2014

Posted on · According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, about 20 percent of Hispanics in Harris County are 16 to 31 years old. It's a group of key importance to marketing agencies. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Alex Lopez Negrete, CEO of Lopez Negrete Communications, a Houston-based Hispanic marketing agency […]

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How Houston Groups are Responding to the Issue of Undocumented Children Entering the US

Posted on · Since October, more than 52,000 undocumented children have come into the U.S. Most of these children are from Central America, and many of them arrived unaccompanied by adults. The local response here in Greater Houston has been mixed. Organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are asking for donations, foster care parents, and […]


Texan And Mexican Realtors Sign A Cross-Border Agreement

Posted on · The Texas Association of Realtors and Mexico's Real Estate Association have signed a cross-border, business-building partnership agreement in San Antonio. And the Houston Association of Realtors formed its own partnership with the group from Mexico.