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How Are Road Projects in Houston Paid For?

Posted on · We talk with Houston Public Media's Gail Delaughter about how all types of road projects across Texas are funded, from how federal transportation funding finds its way to Texas, to how the city of Houston funds its ReBuild Houston program, and to how a city council move last week allows Council members to earmark ReBuild […]

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Protective Orders, Road Project Funding, and Driver’s Ed: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Posted on · Six members of a family in suburban Spring who were shot to death last week will be laid to rest today in a private ceremony. Katie and Stephen Stay, and their four youngest children died in the attack. The couple's 15-year-old daughter Cassidy survived, called police, and identified her uncle, Ronald Lee Haskell, as the […]

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How World Events Affect Houston, and METRO Light Rail: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Posted on · In an ever more connected world, events around the globe can impact our lives here in Houston in any number of ways. Take recent developments in the Middle East: they can impact us economically, in ways as obvious as the price of gasoline to more subtle impacts on industries and consumers. International events of course […]

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Is It Possible to Live Without a Car in Houston?

Posted on · Is it possible to live in Houston without a car? With the new car-sharing service Zipcar arriving in Houston, and the growth of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, we explore the challenges and benefits of living without a car in Houston. We talk with two residents who’ve been living car-free for a year or […]

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Living Without a Car in Houston & Parent Blogging: Houston Matters for Monday, April 14, 2014

Posted on · Is it possible to live in Houston without a car? With the new car-sharing service Zipcar arriving in Houston, and the growth of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, we explore the challenges and benefits of living without a car in Houston. We talk with two residents who’ve been living car-free for a year or […]

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What’s the Worst Mistake You’ve Made in Houston Traffic?

Posted on · Houstonians love to complain about the bad drivers they encounter in our city’s often ridiculous traffic. But it’s always the other guy’s fault, right? Well, what if (just once in a while, of course) it was our fault? What’s your worst driving moment? What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made behind the wheel in Houston traffic, […]

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Your Worst Driving Moments, Jewish Culture, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, April 7, 2014

Posted on · Come on. Admit it. We’ve all done it. That moment when you inadvertently cut someone off on the highway. Or had your left-turn blinker on as you turned right. Or found yourself in an endless series of U-turns because you couldn’t find the exit your GPS insists is there. We all have those moments. And […]

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Pedestrian Fatalities, Tunnel History, and Fishing in Houston & Galveston: Houston Matters for Wed., March 12, 2014

Posted on · A new report indicates pedestrian fatalities have decreased nationwide after a three-year spike. But not here in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with the report’s author, transportation researcher Dr. Allan Williams, the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the particulars of what he found. Then we’ll […]

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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 […]

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Uber and Lyft, Pre-K, HISD closure update, and Seaweed: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 6, 2014

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 […]

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Who’s Moving Here & What’s Their Impact?

Posted on · In a typical year, more than 60,000 people move to the Houston region. They tend to be young (the median age in Harris County is just under 33). In many cases, they’re here to start or advance their careers, because this is where the jobs are. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss what […]

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The New Houstonians, Kids and Technology, and Bats: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 25, 2014

Posted on · In a typical year, more than 60,000 people move to the Houston region. They tend to be young (the median age in Harris County is just under 33). In many cases, they’re here to start or advance their careers, because this is where the jobs are. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss what […]

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How Prepared for Icy Weather is Greater Houston?

Posted on · Dozens of schools are closed today and transportation officials are warning motorists to stay off the roads after a mix of rain and below-freezing temperatures overnight brought on icy conditions for the Greater Houston area. We discuss how TX DOT prepared for the region's winter storm and how emergency officials will be monitoring conditions throughout […]

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Icy Weather, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, & Young Choir Voices: Houston Matters for Fri., Jan. 24, 2014

Posted on · Dozens of schools are closed today and transportation officials are warning motorists to stay off the roads after a mix of rain and below-freezing temperatures overnight brought on icy conditions for the Greater Houston area. Today on Houston Matters, we’ll discuss how TX DOT prepared for the region’s winter storm and how emergency officials will […]

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Building a Better Strip Mall and the Two Houstons: Houston Matters for Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Posted on · It's been said there are two Houstons. One is inside the loop: urban, with skyscrapers, universities, recycling, museums, buses. The other is outside the loop: suburban, with strip malls, sprawl, U-turn lanes, Kroger. Some Houstonians live in one, and work in the other. Some make a point of visiting one while devoting most of their […]