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Some Clear Lake Residents Oppose New Park Plan For Old Golf Course

Posted on · One of the few things many people in a neighborhood can agree upon is parks. But, in Clear Lake, the details on how to redevelop one park has drawn strong opposition from some long-time residents. The local water authority wants to turn a former golf course into a park that will also mitigate flooding. But […]

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After State’s Supreme Court Ruling, Where Does HERO Go Next?

Posted on · On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Houston's City Council must either repeal the city's equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. That ruling follows a state district judge ruling three months ago that opponents of the non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum. The state […]

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Houston’s New Special Advisor: We Can End Human Trafficking

Posted on · It's no secret that Houston is a hub for human trafficking – so much so that, about a year ago, the City of Houston established the Mayor's Human Trafficking Task Force to combat this issue. Then, last month, Mayor Annise Parker went one step further by appointing the city's first human trafficking advisor, Minal Patel […]

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Houston’s Revenue Cap and Cameron Esposito: Friday’s show (July 17, 2015)

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property […]

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Gentrification of Houston’s Third Ward: A Threat To Its African American Culture?

Posted on · There is an ongoing debate on the effects of gentrification in Houston's historically black Third Ward. While some see the benefits, others worry it will diminish the center of African-American culture in the region. News 88.7’s Florian Martin talked with some community members and business owners in the area to get their thoughts about their […]

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What Should Become of Confederate Symbols In Houston?

Posted on · After the fatal church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been a nationwide debate over not just the Confederate flag, but other symbols of the old South, including some monuments dedicated to the Confederacy here in Houston. News 88.7’s Florian Martin asks Houstonians what should become of these symbols in Greater Houston. (Above: The […]

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Houstonians Hate The City’s Bad Roads, But Pay For Improving Them?

Posted on · This week, we've been delving deeper into some of the specific issues and challenges addressed in the recent News 88.7/KHOU 11 voter poll. Houston voters cited two issues as the most important problems the city faces, but as Florian Martin reports, most voters are unwilling to put up the money to fix them.  

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A Development Divide in the East End

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Florian Martin has reported on development efforts in Houston’s East End. We discuss that development on this edition of Houston Matters. But first, we hear Florian’s report on how, as much of the industry has moved out, the East End is turning into a walkable, mixed-use community. […]

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East End Development, Co-Ops, and Atheism: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Florian Martin has reported on development efforts in Houston’s East End. We discuss that development on this edition of Houston Matters. But first, we hear Florian’s report on how, as much of the industry has moved out, the East End is turning into a walkable, mixed-use community. […]