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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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Court Overturns Damages Ruling in Ashby High-Rise Case: What It Means for Homeowners and Developers

Posted on · Last week (June 30, 2016), a state appeals court overturned a ruling pertaining to the fight over the so-called Ashby high-rise, a proposed residential tower near Rice University that’s been at the center of a conflict for several years. In 2013, a jury ruled that if the project were built, the developer — Buckhead Development […]

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Border Corruption and Neighborhood Challenges: Thursday’s Show (July 7, 2016)

Posted on · Typically, when we talk about protecting the Texas/Mexico border, we mean protecting it from illegal activity on the other side of the Rio Grande. But reports this week from The Texas Tribune and Reveal highlight illegal activity happening not only on the U.S. side of the border but among those tasked with policing it. Those articles […]

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The Challenge of Protecting Houston Prairies Amid Constant Development

Posted on · Following our recent Houston Matters road trip to the newest stretch of the Grand Parkway, in which we learned how some nearby residents and businesses are being affected by the new leg of 99, we received an e-mail from a listener bemoaning how such development adds to the dissipation of prairies on the edges of Greater […]

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Documentary Looks at the History & Significance of Post Oak Boulevard

Posted on · On Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m., Houston Public Media TV 8 will air a documentary called Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy. It’s produced by the Texas Foundation for the Arts. One person who is featured prominently in the documentary is Robert Sakowitz, a local commercial icon. Robert joins us to talk about the film and […]

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How New Sections of the Grand Parkway Are Affecting Residents and Businesses

Posted on · A new section of the Grand Parkway is now open, east from I-45 onto US 59. And that’s where Houston Matters host Craig Cohen was last week, driving with a passenger in tow — News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail DeLaughter. They decided to check out the new section of the parkway (technically called Texas State Highway 99) and […]

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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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Should BP Settlement Funds Be Used to Stop Development in Galveston?

Posted on · When the Friends of Galveston Beaches proposed using $9.5 million from the BP oil spill settlement to stop development and preserve a beach, an old community argument erupted again over new development versus open spaces. We learn more from Galveston County Daily News reporter John Wayne Ferguson. MORE: Group Wants RESTORE Money to Buy Galveston Beaches […]

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Does Houston Really Have Zoning — Just By Other Means?

Posted on · Much is made about Houston’s lack of zoning. But Matthew Festa, a law professor from South Texas College of Law, argues Houston doesn’t really look that different from most other cities. We talk with Festa about whether a variety of land rules, regulations and restrictions are essentially zoning by other means.

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Houston Has a New Director at the ULI Office, What Does That Mean?

Posted on · The Houston office of the Urban Land Institute has a new executive director. David Kim has experience in local real estate and with nonprofits. What will he be doing in his new role, and how does his past experience apply to the Houston ULI office? And just what does the ULI office do? Kim tells us […]