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The Link Between School Performance and Property Values Can Be an Economic Disaster for Some Communities

Posted on · People often choose where to buy a home based on how the schools there perform. If a school doesn’t perform as well, fewer people might choose to relocate there. A new report looks closer at the link between high school performance and property values. For every one percentage point increase in high school graduation rates, housing […]

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Rich and Poor Divide, and How Schools Affect Property Values: Thursday’s Show (December 1, 2016)

Posted on · Houston’s high-poverty areas have quadrupled since 1980, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The county’s upper-income census tracts tend to be more homogeneous — meaning that individuals with similar levels of income live in the same place. The researchers said this trend has been amplified over time, with […]

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Houston’s Changing Neighborhoods

Posted on · We’ve regularly discussed on this program the ways in which Houston has been transforming in recent years. We Houstonians have watched as our infrastructure has struggled to keep up with dramatic population growth. We’ve also both celebrated and bemoaned the reinvention of entire neighborhoods — what some see as improvements, and others dismiss as gentrification. […]

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Big 12 Dreams and Houston’s Changing Neighborhoods: Thursday’s Show (October 13, 2016)

Posted on · The conference structure in NCAA Division I college athletics can be dizzying to try to understand. There are a couple tiers of major conferences. The top tier are the Power 5 conferences. They get more media attention, and more acclaim — and the revenue that comes with it all. Universities want to be part of a […]

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Is it About Race or Income? How We Define Gentrification in Houston

Posted on · You may have heard Andrew Schneider’s story a week ago about a recent study from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability, which found the cost of living in Houston is no longer a bargain. According to the 5th Houston Sustainability Indicators Report, Houstonians spend more than 45 percent of their income on transportation and housing, the definition the U.S. Department of Transportation uses […]

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Defining Gentrification and Chris Gethard: Thursday’s Show (October 8, 2015)

Posted on · You may have heard Andrew Schneider’s story a week ago about a recent study from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability, which found the cost of living in Houston is no longer a bargain. According to the 5th Houston Sustainability Indicators Report, Houstonians spend more than 45 percent of their income on transportation and housing, the definition the U.S. Department of Transportation uses […]

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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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How Do Disparities in Houston Education Affect the City’s Economy?

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the city’s economic expansion. “Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas” looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston “super-neighborhoods” and recommends major intervention to encourage more Houston high school […]

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Sustainability Through Higher Ed, 4H, FFA, & FotoFest: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the city’s economic expansion. “Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas” looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston “super-neighborhoods” and recommends major intervention to encourage more Houston […]

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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 […]