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What Could Houston Roads, Parks and Buildings Look Like in the Future?

Posted on · (Above: An artist’s rendering of a design for a “sky park” at the corner of Milam and Walker in downtown Houston. Image Courtesy: ByDesign/Gensler) If the future of Houston design was left up to the next generation of architects and designers, what would our city look like? It’s a concept Houston design firm Gensler is […]

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Why Can’t Houston Be More Like Other Cities?

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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GOP Convention Wrap-Up: Friday’s Show (July 22, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention concluded last night (July 21, 2016), with Donald Trump accepting his party’s nomination for President. On this edition of Houston Matters, News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider joins us from Cleveland to discuss the Texas GOP delegation’s week. (Above: Texas delegates cast their votes on the floor of the […]

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What is Houston Doing Right and Wrong When it Comes to Development?

Posted on · The online nonprofit publication Next City held a conference in Houston last week, which highlighted development in and around the city. We talk with Next City’s Josh Stephens about his recent article entitled “What if Houston Fell in Love with Planning?” Then we talk with architect and Houston Planning Commission member Antoine Bryant about how to plan […]

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Chemical Plants and Houston’s Development: Thursday’s Show (May 19, 2016)

Posted on · A 2014 gas leak at a DuPont chemical plant in La Porte killed four workers. In response to that accident, the Houston Chronicle obtained chemical inventories of more than 2,500 businesses in Greater Houston to learn which pose the greatest risk to the public. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with reporters Matt […]

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Understanding Houston’s Many Wards

Posted on · For some time now on Houston Matters, when the words “ward” or “wards” get mentioned, we’d be guaranteed to get an email or a tweet from a listener asking the same question: “You mention the wards, but where can I find information on them?” Outside of places like Wikipedia, it can be difficult information to […]

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Arctic Drilling and Houston’s Wards: Wednesday’s Show (September 23, 2015)

Posted on · The Arctic Ocean might seem a long long way from Houston. And, well, it is. So why should we be concerned with something happening way up there (other than, of course, climate change)? Well, drilling for oil in the Arctic could have direct and indirect effects on the city’s many oil and gas companies — […]

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Sylvester Turner Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 22, 2015)

Posted on · For the last several Tuesdays, we have offered you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We conclude on this edition with State Rep. Sylvester Turner.  He grew up in northwest Houston in the Acres Homes community. He’s a graduate of the University […]

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The Galveston Bay Report Card: Thursday’s Show (August 20, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center released the latest Galveston Bay Report Card, which grades the health of the Bay, from water quality to wildlife to human health risks, coastal change and more. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Bob Stokes, President of the Galveston Bay […]

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Urban Planner Explains the Importance of Post Oak Boulevard as Regional Subcenter

Posted on · Alexander Garvin has written a number of books on urban planning, including The American City. In that 1996 book, he wrote that Houston was, at the time, creating one of the most important boulevards in the nation: Post Oak, in uptown. A street significant, Garvin says, not only for its beautiful rows of Live Oaks, […]