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Houston Matters for Thurs., Sept. 19, 2013

Posted on · We’ve explored Houston’s diversity many times on this program. We’ve also examined how the Montrose neighborhood in Houston, in particular, has long had a reputation for being gay-friendly. Many Houstonians also point to one of our political leaders as a demonstration of how we’re ahead of the curve, as the only major city with a […]

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Is Houston a Cyclists Friend?

Posted on · Cycling is increasing in Houston, but are we a cycling-friendly city? What’s being done to that end? What are the challenges cyclists face here? What’s bike etiquette for cyclists? For drivers? What would it take for you to cycle more? We spoke with the organizers of Cherryhurst Bikes, a local event that is trying to make […]

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Sustainable Development in Houston, is it Possible?

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. We learned what this new report has […]

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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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Is Houston, Texas TOO business friendly?

Posted on · Retailers in Texas encouraged Governor Perry to veto a Texas version of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Bad actors in the energy industry do environmental harm that might have been avoided in a state with more stringent regulations. In general, business is booming in Texas – especially here in Houston – but does it […]

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Rum: It’s Not Just for Daiquiris

Posted on · Today is National Rum Day. Now put down that rum and coke and pay attention — rum is not just for mixing with coke or making fruity drinks, as Houstonians celebrating island culture at this weekend’s 3rd annual Caribbean RumFest will learn. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty explains. More Information: Caribbean RumFest Recipes from Chef Paul […]

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Can you Live on a Minimum Wage in Houston?

Posted on · In recent days, labor and community groups have rallied in Houston, and across the nation, calling for a raise in the minimum wage, currently 7.25 an hour, and encouraging employers to voluntarily pay employees more. Texas has more minimum wage workers than any other state, and the 2nd-highest percentage of hourly paid workers making the […]

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Houston Matters for Thursday, August 1, 2013

Posted on · In recent days, labor and community groups have rallied in Houston and across the nation, calling for a minimum wage hike, and encouraging employers to voluntarily pay their employees more. Texas has more minimum wage workers than any other state, and the 2nd-highest percentage of hourly paid workers making the minimum wage or less. Here […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 14, 2013

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston commute in and out of the downtown area each weekday. Joining commuters are thousands more running errands, dropping kids off at school, going shopping, going to eat. Let’s face it – we’re always going. But never more so than during “drive time.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses all […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, May 17, 2013

Posted on · It’s the world’s first multi-purpose domed stadium.  It’s the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The Astrodome has been the site of a Nolan Ryan no-hitter, classic concerts by Elvis, Selena, Judy Garland and The Supremes, the famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and college basketball’s so-called “Game […]

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What’s Wrong With The Latest Survey On How Safe Houstonians Feel?

Posted on · A new Gallup survey finds Houston is near the top of a list of cities where people do not feel safe walking alone in their neighborhoods at night. Houston is in company with riverside, California, New Orleans, and Memphis — where people feel the least secure. But one local expert in social behavior says surveys like this one usually miss one important point.