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Cyclists: They’re Not Just Urban Hipsters

Posted on · When it comes to bikes in Houston, we’re used to hearing from those who choose to ride for health, recreational or environmental reasons. But what about those who have no other choice but bikes to get around? We learn about these so-called “invisible cyclists” and how they fit into the city’s new bike plan. We hear from Andrew […]

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Why Did Houston’s Real Estate Market Fall From No. 1 to No. 30?

Posted on · The Urban Land Institute, after calling Houston the No. 1 real estate market to watch last year, says we’re No. 30 this year. That represents the biggest drop for any city on ULI’s list. What happened? Why are we no longer a market to watch? We talk it over, and what — if anything — the shift might suggest about Houston’s […]

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As if Surviving Houston Traffic Isn’t Bad Enough — Then You Have to Park Somewhere

Posted on · In a sprawling metropolis like ours, where so many of us drive everywhere we go, getting there is half the battle. The other half is finding a place to park. And when you can’t find the space you want, it’s tempting to park where you’re not supposed to. We discuss the policies in place to […]

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The 34th Houston Area Survey (Encore): Wednesday’s show (July 15, 2015)

Posted on · Houston Matters was preempted on July 15, 2015 so that News 88.7 FM could bring you President Obama’s news conference. For the 7:00 p.m. rebroadcast, we presented an encore of our discussion with Dr. Stephen Klineberg about the latest Houston Area Survey from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. It’s the nation’s longest-running study of […]

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What Does the 2015 Klineberg Study Tell Us About Houston?

Posted on · Findings from the 34th annual Houston Area Survey will be revealed Thursday. The report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs, and attitudes. We have the first detailed look at it as we speak with its author and institute co-founder Dr. Stephen […]

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Rice President David Leebron Discusses the State of the University

Posted on · David Leebron has been President of Rice University, since 2004. (He’s just the seventh person to hold the post). Under his watch, Rice has seen significant increases in undergraduate enrollment, the launch of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, new residential colleges, new buildings on campus, and visits from important figures ranging from former President Bill Clinton to the Dalai Lama. Today, […]

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A Solution to Houston’s Parking Woes?

Posted on · Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research recently welcomed transportation planner and parking management guru Patrick Siegman to talk about new solutions to a classic problem facing any growing community — parking shortages. Siegman and Bill Fulton, Director of the Kinder Institute sat down with Houston Matters to discuss what parking changes might work for […]

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Majority Of African-Americans In Houston Feel Criminal Justice System Is Biased

Posted on · There’s been an ongoing national conversation about race, discrimination and justice sparked by the recent high profile killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Here in Houston, a majority of the African-American community feels that there’s a bias against them in the criminal justice system. That’s according to the latest survey […]

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Is Gentrification of Houston Neighborhoods a Good or Bad Thing?

Posted on · Back in August of 2013, Houston Matters met with longtime residents of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood to discuss how their community had changed over the years. Among the major topics of discussion was gentrification. The residents noted how development had changed the personality and affordability of their neighborhood. But they didn’t necessarily see gentrification as a bad […]

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What Does the Latest Klineberg Study Tell Us About Houston?

Posted on · The Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey by Rice University will be released today. Now in its 33rd year, the survey is the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs and attitudes. Its author, sociology professor and co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Dr. Stephen Klineberg, shares the latest findings. Then, we discuss the […]

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33rd Kinder Area Survey, Houston as a Health Care Hub, and Houston Improv: Houston Matters for Thursday, April 24, 2014

Posted on · The Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey by Rice University will be released today. Now in its 33rd year, the survey is the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs and attitudes. Its author, sociology professor and co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Dr. Stephen Klineberg, shares the latest findings on […]