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Houston Matters Weekend: October 15, 2016

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the "most diverse city in America." And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that's correct. And that might be enough to give Houstonians with civic pride a case of […]

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Creating Economic Opportunities for Thousands of Unemployed Houston Youth

Posted on · What would it take to make some 100,000 unemployed young Houstonians more successful and prosperous? The answer: interventions that target educational development. What does that mean? We find out from Bill Fulton, director of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. His organization, along with JP Morgan Chase, has released a new report on what's […]

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Police Oversight and Misconceptions About Islam: Tuesday’s Show (October 11, 2016)

Posted on · In 2011, Houston Mayor Annise Parker established a police oversight board to review internal investigations at the Houston Police Department. But some have complained the board doesn't have any real teeth, with its volunteer members and lack of a budget. On this edition of Houston Matters we talk with one of the members of the […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 8, 2016

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7's Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask "why can't Houston be more like" a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city's planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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A Closer Look at Mayor Turner’s Plan for Pension Reform

Posted on · On Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2016), the Kinder Institute for Urban Research held a panel discussion on the future of Houston's pension system. The discussion came just a few days after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an "historic” pension reform plan. We discuss the mayor’s plan and what hurdles remain to address the city’s unfunded pension […]

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Is Houston Racially Segregated Or Economically?

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the "most diverse city in America." And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that's correct. Houston exhibits something called "the entropy index," meaning our city comes closer than any […]

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Segregation, Construction Numbers and Ben Kingsley: Thursday’s Show (September 15, 2016)

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the "most diverse city in America." And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that's correct. Houston exhibits something called "the entropy index," meaning our city comes closer than any […]

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What Exactly Caused Houston’s Pension Problem?

Posted on · Last week (Aug. 9, 2016), Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a report highlighting the current financial state of Houston's pensions. The report lays out why the city's unfunded liabilities are growing, and offers options for reform (though it does not make any recommendations about those options). We discuss the report with Bill […]

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What Would it Mean to Designate Houston as a “Welcoming City?”

Posted on · The idea of Houston being a generally welcoming city isn't new. By most measurements, we're the most diverse city in the nation, and have seen remarkable growth in population in recent years. But there’s a more official designation of “Welcoming City” that is predicated on bringing the city and various communities together to find new […]

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Why Can’t Houston Be More Like Other Cities?

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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What Construction Trends Tell Us About Houston Neighborhoods

Posted on · Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has released a new study examining construction trends across Harris County. It’s called "Houston in Flux: Understanding a Decade of Bayou City Development." We learn more about it from two of the institute’s researchers: Kelsey Walker and Kyle Shelton. The researchers spent a lot of time digging through Harris […]

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Study Examines Which Students Drop Out and Why

Posted on · A study from the Houston Education Research Consortium, part of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, says age and disciplinary incidents are key factors that impact a student's decision to drop out of high school. We discuss the data and what steps may be taken to address those findings with Dr. Robert Sanborn, president […]