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Technology Outlook, Smoking Policies and Britta Phillips: Wednesday’s Show (October 12, 2016)

Posted on · What are the most probable technological changes that'll happen over the next decade? Rice University is hosting a symposium today (Oct. 12, 2016) addressing that question. The event is framed by a study that looks at how technology will impact the future of multiple industries, including shipping and energy. Technology Outlook 2025 is a report […]

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With More Public-Private Partnerships, Who Really Owns Houston Parks?

Posted on · When you look around Houston, especially on a sunny, cool day, you might notice a patchwork of nicely maintained green spaces and parks filled with people. In fact, the city's parks department says it has a goal of connecting every resident of Houston to a neighborhood park in the next 25 years. Amid budget tightening, […]

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Buffalo Bayou Park Returns Transformed

Posted on · This past weekend marked the grand opening of Buffalo Bayou Park. The nearly $60 million renovation project took about four years to complete. Back in November 2013, Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin stopped by the park to talk with Anne Olson, executive director of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. She recently returned with Olson ahead of the […]

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A Closer Look at Allen Parkway’s $11 Million Makeover

Posted on · Ever had a hard time getting across Allen Parkway west of downtown to use the running/bike trails? Ever had trouble finding parking just to get there in the first place? Well, some changes are on the way that could help. We discuss a major redesign and street improvement project underway along Allen Parkway. We welcome […]

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Some Clear Lake Residents Oppose New Park Plan For Old Golf Course

Posted on · One of the few things many people in a neighborhood can agree upon is parks. But, in Clear Lake, the details on how to redevelop one park has drawn strong opposition from some long-time residents. The local water authority wants to turn a former golf course into a park that will also mitigate flooding. But […]

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What Will the New Memorial Park Look Like, Now that a Master Plan Has Been Approved?

Posted on · With warm weather finally here, many Houstonians are enjoying the outdoors at one of Houston's premiere green spaces – Memorial Park. But the park might look markedly different in the next few years. Earlier this month, the Houston City Council approved a plan for the overhaul of Memorial Park – its new master plan. To […]

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Liquor Laws and Parking: Tuesday’s show (March 3, 2015)

Posted on · Walmart is suing Texas for the right to sell hard liquor. Soon after the lawsuit was filed in federal court, a coalition of businesses formed to push laws to allow publicly traded corporations to own and operate liquor stores. A couple of state legislators have also filed bills that would repeal parts of the alcohol […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Troops to the Border, No Refusals & Houston’s First Parklet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Gov. Perry sending members of the National Guard to the Texas – Mexico border, to an expansion of Harris County’s “no refusal” DUI prevention weekends to Houston’s smallest park — its first so-called “parklet” — we parse the good, the bad and the ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts […]

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Pro Sports and Identity and Freedmen’s Town Bricks: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Astros probably won't lose 100 games this year, but they're likely to lose 90. The Houston Rockets' disappointing early playoff exit has been followed by a disappointing off-season, missing on free agents, and losing roster depth. The Houston Texans lost so many games in a row last year they dismissed their coach, and […]

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Preserving Green Space Is a Challenge in Ever-Growing Houston

Posted on · A study by the Trust for Public Land rates Houston first among the nation's 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland, and third only behind San Diego and Dallas in park acreage per capita. We explore what makes Houston's roughly 38,000 thousand acres of green space unique, the programs they offer and the […]