Houston Matters

With More Public-Private Partnerships, Who Really Owns Houston Parks?

Posted on · When you look around Houston, especially on a sunny, cool day, you might notice a patchwork of nicely maintained green spaces and parks filled with people. In fact, the city's parks department says it has a goal of connecting every resident of Houston to a neighborhood park in the next 25 years. Amid budget tightening, […]

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Sheriff Hickman and the Harris County Jail: Wednesday’s Show (February 10, 2016)

Posted on · Sheriff Ron Hickman was recently criticized for reducing internal jail inspectors and disbanding a proactive internal affairs squad at the Harris County Jail. The Harris County Sheriff’s office has said that these changes could actually speed up investigations, and the reassignment of inspectors will put more responsibility on first-line jail supervisors. And these are just […]

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Buffalo Bayou Park Returns Transformed

Posted on · This past weekend marked the grand opening of Buffalo Bayou Park. The nearly $60 million renovation project took about four years to complete. Back in November 2013, Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin stopped by the park to talk with Anne Olson, executive director of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. She recently returned with Olson ahead of the […]

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A Closer Look at Allen Parkway’s $11 Million Makeover

Posted on · Ever had a hard time getting across Allen Parkway west of downtown to use the running/bike trails? Ever had trouble finding parking just to get there in the first place? Well, some changes are on the way that could help. We discuss a major redesign and street improvement project underway along Allen Parkway. We welcome […]

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 […]