Good, Bad and Ugly

Ride Sharing Debate, One-Bin Recycling & A Candidate’s Twitter Typo: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Ride sharing services ruffle the feathers of local cabbies; protesters decry the city’s bringing planned one-bin recycling program; and unfortunate Twitter typos by a local candidate: We discuss “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” in Houston news with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” This week’s panel is comprised of: Russ Capper, Founder and co-host […]

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How Safe is Houston for Cyclists & Bikers?

Posted on · On Wednesday’s Houston Matters, we talked about our lives in traffic in our cars. Today, we look at Greater Houston through cyclists’ eyes. We discuss recent bicycle accidents and explore bicycle and motorcycle safety in Houston. First, we welcome your questions for Michael Payne, the Executive Director of Bike Houston, and Laura Spanjian, Sustainability Director […]

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An Inside Look At Houston’s Traffic Control Center

Posted on · Whether we like it or not, traffic is a fact of life here in Houston. Millions of us hit the roads every day to commute to and from work. But for some, traffic is more than just a headache. It’s a 24/7 job. That’s Houston TranStar, a partnership between several agencies that work together to […]

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That Abandoned Lot in Your Neighborhood — It’s More Than Just an Eyesore

Posted on · Also this hour: Just a few months ago, the City of Houston rolled out its Mow-Down program – a pilot program to address overgrown abandoned lots in Houston neighborhoods. Officials say they’re eyesores which raise public safety concerns. We talk with the head of the program, Landon Taylor.

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City & State Pensions, Cleaning Up Abandoned Lots & Broadway’s Betty Buckley: Houston Matters for Tues., Jan. 7, 2014

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker has called Houston’s pensions “unsustainable.” Following her recent inauguration, Mayor Parker says she wants to tackle the problem and create a more sustainable retirement for current employees. The Mayor and other officials have said there’s a growing need for pension reform. But what changes can be made without impacting benefits already promised […]

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Houston Jails & Prisons, Super Neighborhoods, & Houston Greeters: Houston Matters for Wed., Dec. 18, 2013

Posted on · One way to judge the quality of a society is to look at how it treats its prisoners. If we were to do that here in Houston, what would we see? It’s a question that perhaps is best answered in two stages – first, by examining how inmates are processed through jail (and what will […]

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Why Some Houston Roads Don’t Have Billboards

Posted on · One of the prettier drives into downtown Houston is from the south, via Highway 288. One reason for that — no billboards. We’ll talk with Anne Culver, the Executive Director of Scenic Houston, about ordinances in place that address billboards, and how and why the number of billboards in Houston has, in fact, dropped significantly […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Oct. 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Last Monday, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Parker and challenger Ben Hall – have polled above single digits, so over the next two Mondays, we […]