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Houston’s Changing Neighborhoods

Posted on · We’ve regularly discussed on this program the ways in which Houston has been transforming in recent years. We Houstonians have watched as our infrastructure has struggled to keep up with dramatic population growth. We’ve also both celebrated and bemoaned the reinvention of entire neighborhoods — what some see as improvements, and others dismiss as gentrification. […]

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Revitalization Brings Hope — and a Little Worry — to Houston’s Fifth Ward

Posted on · Changes are happening all over Greater Houston, which can take many forms. It might be a high-rise in midtown, a master-planned community along the Grand Parkway or the revitalization of a 150-year-old neighborhood — making something old new again. That’s exactly what’s happening in Houston’s Fifth Ward. That’s the area north of Buffalo Bayou and […]

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The Future of the Astrodome and Revitalizing the Fifth Ward: Wednesday’s Show (June 29, 2016)

Posted on · Yesterday (June 28, 2016), the Harris County Commissioners Court unveiled updated plans and cost estimates for preserving the Astrodome. The plan involves raising the dome’s floor to ground level to create a 9-acre open space with air conditioning and building an underground parking garage with room for 1,400 vehicles. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says this plan […]

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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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How Has the Identity of the Heights Changed?

Posted on · As Houston’s population continues to grow, some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods are undergoing some changes. That includes the Heights, a tight-knit community within the 610 loop. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin visited the Heights to talk with three residents about how they’ve seen their neighborhood change. MORE: Houston Matters’ Neighborhood Series