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How Will Harvey Impact Houston’s Housing Market?

Posted on · Houston took a big blow in home sales in the month of August, primarily because Harvey hit late in the month when closings are typically scheduled. Plus many home and apartment renters were displaced due to the flooding that followed. What will this mean for the apartment and housing market?

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Texas Senate Passes SB3, And Prohibiting Government Agencies From Contracting With Abortion Providers: The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of The News

Posted on · When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all.

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Underage Marriage Laws in Texas Change Starting Sept. 1

Posted on · (Above: Frankie Ortega’s mother was forced to get married when she was 14. Photo Courtesy: Frankie Ortega) In Texas, a child — no matter what age — can get married as long as a judge approves it. And 16- and 17-year-olds can marry as long as they have parental consent. But all that changes Sept.1, 2017. Gov. Greg […]

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City Exchange: What Lessons Could Houston Learn from Austin?

Posted on · (Above: Downtown Austin’s skyline. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons)While we prefer to think of Houston as the most important city in Texas, we are aware that other cities exist here. In fact, we’re thrilled to see Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and other communities succeed because their success bodes well for the entire state. This week, we’re […]

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Political Roundup, and Lessons to Learn From Austin: Wednesday’s Show (June 21, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this week’s edition, we discuss everything from the status of the healthcare bill in the Senate, to Texas joining a ten-state coalition supporting the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive order regarding sanctuary cities, to whether or not […]

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City Exchange: What Could Houston Learn from San Antonio?

Posted on · (Above: The San Antonio skyline. Photo courtesy: sanantonio.gov)While we prefer to think of Houston as the most important city in Texas, we are aware that other cities exist here. In fact, we’re thrilled to see Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and other communities succeed because their success bodes well for the entire state. This week, we engage […]

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Live at Emancipation Park for Juneteenth: Monday’s Show (June 19, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Newly renovated Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward. (Photo Courtesy Perkins+Will/Mark Herboth Photography) Today marks Juneteenth — the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to announce the end of slavery in the United States. Since 1872, Juneteenth celebrations were held at Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward with the exception of two years […]

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Longtime Houston Columnist Ken Hoffman Reflects on Why He Left the Chron for CultureMap

Posted on · (Above: Longtime Houston columnist Ken Hoffman. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Longtime Houston columnist Ken Hoffman recently left the Houston Chronicle for CultureMap Houston. We check in with him on why he made the move and get reflections on his many years writing about Houston for the Chron, the Houston Post, and now CultureMap.

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Houston Pet Peeves: Unburden Yourself Before Your Memorial Day Weekend

Posted on · Every couple of months, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your Houston pet peeve, that one thing that sticks […]

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How Houston Lost Track of Millions in Housing Funds

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of Information requests regarding a fund […]