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Revisiting Houston’s Walkability

Posted on · On past Houston Matters programs, we’ve explored a number of concerns and efforts related to walkability in the region. We’ve talked about safety concerns for pedestrians, areas in need of improved access and policies designed to make the region more walkable. Now, two Houston neighborhoods have been named to a residential brokerage firm’s list of […]

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New ‘Vision Zero’ Plan Aims to Reduce Houston Traffic Deaths

Posted on · On Jan.14, 2016, Houston Tomorrow unveiled its “Vision Zero” plan – proposed steps to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Houston. We find out what they want the city to do in order to achieve that goal, as we talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, the executive director of Houston Tomorrow. We […]

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Vision Zero and the Yale Green Corridor: Wednesday’s Show (January 27, 2016)

Posted on · On Jan.14, 2016, Houston Tomorrow unveiled its “Vision Zero” plan – proposed steps to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Houston. On this edition of Houston Matters, we find out what they want the city to do in order to achieve that goal, as we talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, the […]

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Have Food Deserts Been Eliminated in Houston?

Posted on · Back in the summer of 2013, we examined food deserts in Houston – neighborhoods with a shortage of nearby access to fresh food. They tend to be in low income areas, where major grocery chains are sometimes unwilling or unable to open a store. The concern in 2013 was that 1 in 5 households in Harris […]

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Sharing the Road: What Changes Pedestrians Want to See to Make Houston a More Walkable City

Posted on · Houston motorists often share the road with cyclists and pedestrians, but it’s not always a harmonious relationship. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 480 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2014, accounting for about 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state. In Houston alone, that number rises to more […]

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Making Houston More Walkable: Monday’s Show (July 6, 2015)

Posted on · Houston motorists often share the road with cyclists and pedestrians, but it’s not always a harmonious relationship. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 480 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2014, accounting for about 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state. In Houston alone, that number rises to more […]

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How Affordable is Life in Houston?

Posted on · We often hear about the low cost of living in Texas and Houston. But is it really true? The answer, not surprising, is: it depends. Where in Greater Houston you live factors in tremendously. Some areas are seeing unprecedented demand for places to live – and that drives up prices in those areas, not just […]

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Is Houston Really Affordable? Houston Matters for Tues., Aug. 12, 2014

Posted on · We often hear about the low cost of living in Texas and Houston. But is it really true? The answer, not surprising, is: it depends. Where in Greater Houston you live factors in tremendously. Some areas are seeing unprecedented demand for places to live – and that drives up prices in those areas, not just […]

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What Can Be Done to Improve Houston’s Sidewalks?

Posted on · Montrose residents are petitioning the city to address that neighborhood’s deteriorating sidewalks. The Montrose Sidewalk Coalition says cracked sidewalks pose a danger – they’d like the city to offer a plan to the public to address the state of their sidewalks and ensure safety and access. There’s just one problem: according to city law, property owners – not the […]

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Sidewalks, Dogs and Cats, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, July 21, 2014

Posted on · Montrose residents are petitioning the city to address that neighborhood’s deteriorating sidewalks. The Montrose Sidewalk Coalition says cracked sidewalks pose a danger – they’d like the city to offer a plan to the public to address the state of their sidewalks and ensure safety and access. There’s just one problem: according to city law, property […]

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Will the Grand Parkway Encourage More Sprawl?

Posted on · It’s elaborate, long-anticipated and years in the making. It’s the Grand Parkway: the loop outside the loop outside the loop which, once completed will be more than 180 miles long, and cross seven different counties in its path around Houston. Proponents say the Grand Parkway will cut down commute time for many drivers traveling in from the […]

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The Grand Parkway, METRO’s Red Line & Year-End Taxes: Houston Matters for Tues., Dec. 10, 2013

Posted on · It’s elaborate, long-anticipated and years in the making. It’s the Grand Parkway: the loop outside the loop outside the loop which, once completed will be more than 180 miles long, and cross seven different counties in its path around Houston. Proponents say the Grand Parkway will cut down commute time for many drivers traveling in from […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Sept. 18, 2013

Posted on · Houston is growing and changing like few places in the nation. But is it growing in a way that the community can support over the long haul? The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University is poised to release its 3rd report on Houston Sustainability Performance this week. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn […]

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Improving the Houston Daily Commute (part 1)

Posted on · Traffic can be brutal, at times, in Houston. Never more so during “peak” hours. What once may have been referred to as “rush hours” are really solid three hour stretches each weekday morning and evening, as commuters travel to and from work. What can we do to improve the daily commute? We ask KUHF’s transportation […]