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City Council Members Express Concerns Over Plan Houston

Posted on · Five members of Houston’s City Council Wednesday (Sept. 23, 2015) used the council’s tag rule to delay a vote to adopt a General Plan. We hear the concerns a pair of council members raised last week about Plan Houston, and then talk about it with Houston city planner Patrick Walsh, and Joe Webb, the Chairman of […]

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Remembering Rita and Plan Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 24, 2015)

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

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What’s in Houston’s New General Plan and Bike Plan?

Posted on · Part of the equation in improving Houston’s infrastructure around biking and walking rests at the feet of the city’s planning department. Currently under construction is both the city’s new general plan, called Plan Houston, and the city’s new bike plan. So far, Plan Houston has issued twelve draft policy directives and the accompanying strategies to implement […]

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As Houston Grows, How Do City Services Manage to Keep Up?

Posted on · In the 1970s, the city of Houston faced a building boom coupled with an infrastructure inadequate to cover basic needs. The city’s only play at the time was to shut down development inside the loop. Now, decades later, as building in the loop is finally starting to catch up with growth outside the loop, how […]