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Police Oversight and Misconceptions About Islam: Tuesday’s Show (October 11, 2016)

Posted on · In 2011, Houston Mayor Annise Parker established a police oversight board to review internal investigations at the Houston Police Department. But some have complained the board doesn’t have any real teeth, with its volunteer members and lack of a budget. On this edition of Houston Matters we talk with one of the members of the […]

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A Closer Look at the Plan to Save the Dome

Posted on · Last week (Sept. 27, 2016), Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved $10.5 million for the design phase for the Astrodome project. It’s part of the $105 million plan to preserve and revitalize the iconic structure. That plan entails raising the structure’s floor, providing underground parking and converting the building into usable public space. We talk […]

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What Design Guidelines May Be in Store for Three Houston Heights Historic Districts?

Posted on · Project organizers will hold a community meeting Tuesday (Dec. 8, 2015) as part of the City of Houston’s process for creating historic preservation design guidelines in three Houston Heights historic districts. They wanted to know what property owners think about the guidelines in place covering changes they might want to make to their historic homes or […]

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Documenting and Preserving Houston’s Blue Tile Signs

Posted on · Perhaps you’ve seen them in an old Houston neighborhood — address numbers inlaid on the curb in front of a house, featuring blue tiles on a white background? Well, Houstonian Joey Sanchez definitely has. He’s launched Blue Tile Project, an effort to document all these relics and to make it an official symbol/font for Houston. MORE: Houston Man […]

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What Changes May Be in Store for Houston’s Historic Preservation Ordinance?

Posted on · City officials are in the process of reviewing Houston’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. A public hearing was held last month, and officials are reviewing the comments received and will consider action at a meeting on Aug. 27. We discuss what’s under consideration, and what it means for historic sites in Houston, with Margaret Wallace Brown, Deputy […]

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HISD Enrollment Caps and Historic Preservation: Monday’s Show (August 17, 2015)

Posted on · The first day of school for Houston Independent School District students is just a week away. Yet, some parents with elementary-age children in the district are confronting some uncertainty as to where their child will be going for the rest of the school year. That’s because HISD is cracking down on class sizes in K-4 […]

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Documenting and Preserving Houston’s Blue Tile Signs

Posted on · Perhaps you’ve seen them in an old Houston neighborhood — address numbers inlaid on the curb in front of a house, featuring blue tiles on a white background? Well, Houstonian Joey Sanchez definitely has. He’s launched Blue Tile Project, an effort to document all these relics and to make it an official symbol/font for Houston. MORE: Houston Man […]

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What Changes Are in Store For Houston’s Historic Preservation Ordinance?

Posted on · The city of Houston’s Planning and Development Department and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission are reviewing the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. Mayor Parker’s office would like the language in the ordinance to be clearer, but also may want to expand what can be protected and the authority such protections provide. We talk about what […]

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Historic Preservation, Your Technology Questions, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, September 7, 2014

Posted on · The city of Houston’s Planning and Development Department and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission are reviewing the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. Mayor Parker’s office would like the language in the ordinance to be clearer, but also may want to expand what can be protected and the authority such protections provide. On this edition of […]

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Debate Surges Over How to Handle Brick Streets in Historic Freedmen’s Town

Posted on · More than a century ago, freed slaves and their descendants laid bricks in the Fourth Ward community of Freedmen’s Town. That alone makes the bricks significant, but there’s more to it than that. The bricks are laid out in particular designs at some intersections – designs which in some cases pointed to safe houses for […]

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Pro Sports and Identity and Freedmen’s Town Bricks: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Astros probably won’t lose 100 games this year, but they’re likely to lose 90. The Houston Rockets’ disappointing early playoff exit has been followed by a disappointing off-season, missing on free agents, and losing roster depth. The Houston Texans lost so many games in a row last year they dismissed their coach, and […]

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The Astrodome Revisited, Houston’s Other Old Ballparks, and Street Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 22, 2014

Posted on · Last week, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the current status of the Astrodome. Among the more recent developments – an application has been submitted seeking to designate the Dome as a “state antiquities landmark.” The National Park Service has added the Astrodome to its National Register of Historic […]