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Full Show: When A Town Becomes A City, And The Texas Music Festival (June 7, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We reflect on the impact of James Byrd, Jr.'s murder, 20 years later. We learn what it would take for The Woodlands to become a city. We preview the annual Texas Music Festival. And Houston writer Chris Wise has a new book aimed at encouraging everyday people to write about their lives.

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Project Aims to Help Citizens Better Communicate Urban Development Ideas to City Leaders

Posted on · We learn about the BMC Project from its executive director Andy Hirschfeld. The public policy start-up aims to help citizens better communicate to their respective city leaders their ideas for the urban environment  and development.

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Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker has a lot to juggle in her role as Mayor: There’s management of the city, ensuring that all of its laws are properly enforced. There are ceremonial duties, as the city’s official representative at special events, ribbon cuttings, and meetings with officials and dignitaries. There are appointments to make; budgeting to maintain. […]

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More Than 300 Artists Set to Showcase Their Work at the Bayou City Arts Festival

Posted on · The Bayou City Art Festival is also happening this weekend, March 28-30. Now in its 43rd year, the festival hosts over 300 national and international fine and visual performing artists Friday through Sunday, at Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Working in 19 different media, artists showcase their fine and pop original works […]

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Taxis & Ride-Sharing Apps Jockey for Position on Houston Streets

Posted on · Recently, a pair of Houston City Council committees began hearings on the possible entrance of Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing services that use apps to attract customers, into the city of Houston. Council chambers were packed, mainly with supporters of established taxi and limousine companies. Council members heard a comprehensive study by Administration and Regulatory Affairs on proposed changes to […]

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 of The […]

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Were Allen Brothers Statues Intended to Be a Part of Houston’s City Hall?

Posted on · In 1836, John and Augustus Allen purchased more than six thousand acres along Buffalo Bayou and founded the city of Houston. Then, 103 years later in 1939, Houston’s present city hall building was completed. Now, as the building prepares to mark its 75th year this December, a group of Houstonians is trying to raise funds […]

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Farmer’s Markets Encourage Houstonians to Buy & Eat Local

Posted on · Now that the weather is warming up, the City Hall Farmer’s Market is back open. As springtime approaches, we look at farmer’s markets in Greater Houston and efforts to encourage Houstonians to eat local. More: Why The Combination Of Lunch And Fresh Produce Is Working Out For Downtown Farmer’s Market

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Skiing Is a Big Passion for Many Houstonians

Posted on · There’s a lot of physical activity you can engage in here in Houston. Biking, running, swimming, hiking. Skiing is harder to come by (which may be what prompted one Houston Matters listener’s suggestion of turning the Astrodome into a giant ski slope). That doesn’t mean there aren’t avid skiers here. With the 2014 Winter Olympics […]

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Is Houston an A-List City for Entertainment?

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we take up the notion of Houston as an “A-list” city, in terms of concerts and performing arts, the sports world, and among foodies. As a city “up there” with other major cities in those specific worlds. Do the top performers make a point of touring here? Do we […]