Houston Matters

Full Show: Infrastructure Gaps Slow Harvey Recovery, And Teachers Tell Their Stories (Nov. 16, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: HISD leaders are working on a plan to turn around struggling Kashmere High School. Plus, some community leaders say gaps in Houston’s civic infrastructure are slowing Harvey recovery efforts. We find out what they mean. And some local teachers share stories from their time in the classroom.

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Green Infrastructure: How Roof Gardens And Planting Trees Could Reduce Flooding

Posted on · Green infrastructure describes features in buildings and landscaping that cleanse and capture rainwater onsite where it falls. Houston advocates for green infrastructure join Houston Matters to discuss how it can be used to reduce flooding.

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Exploring the Power of — and Potential Problems with — Municipal Utility Districts

Posted on · We’ve discussed municipal utility districts (or MUDs) before. They provide public utilities — electricity, gas, water, phone lines and so forth — to otherwise unincorporated areas on the outskirts of a town or city without actually tapping into that city’s existing infrastructure. There are a thousand such MUDs in the state of Texas run by a […]

Transportation

Report: Cities Have To Find Innovative Ways To Pay For Infrastructure Improvements

Posted on · With state budgets stretched thin and less money from the federal government, cities are often having to come up with their own funds to pay for road improvements. That’s according to a new report from the National League of Cities, which looks at the tools being used to pay for that work.

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Regulating Refineries and How to Be A Texan: Wednesday’s Show (March 9, 2016)

Posted on · A worker was injured Saturday morning when an explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. plant started a fire, sending smoke plumes into the Pasadena air. A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was closed briefly while the Coast Guard investigated for any potential chemical releases. According to the EPA, the plant owned by Petrobras, […]