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Documentary Looks at the History & Significance of Post Oak Boulevard

Posted on · On Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m., Houston Public Media TV 8 will air a documentary called Post Oak Boulevard: A Texas Legacy. It’s produced by the Texas Foundation for the Arts. One person who is featured prominently in the documentary is Robert Sakowitz, a local commercial icon. Robert joins us to talk about the film and […]

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Another Plan for the Dome and Post Oak Boulevard’s Place in History: Friday’s Show (June 24, 2016)

Posted on · Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones. On this edition of Houston […]

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Changing Houston’s Brand Through Industrial Design

Posted on · You may not have heard of industrial designer Henry Beer, but it’s likely if you’ve spent any time in the Uptown/Galleria neighborhood, you’ve noticed his street signs. He designed those striking stainless steel arches and street sign circles hanging above major intersections in the upscale shopping hub. Beer is back to work on more stainless steel iterations […]

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City and County Contracts and Lawsuits: Monday’s Show (June 29, 2015)

Posted on · Negotiation and litigation are a part of life for city and county authorities here in Greater Houston. Unionized employees seek better pay and conditions; city and county residents seek court intervention when they believe government entities are acting improperly. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with — and about — some of the […]

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Urban Planner Explains the Importance of Post Oak Boulevard as Regional Subcenter

Posted on · Alexander Garvin has written a number of books on urban planning, including The American City. In that 1996 book, he wrote that Houston was, at the time, creating one of the most important boulevards in the nation: Post Oak, in uptown. A street significant, Garvin says, not only for its beautiful rows of Live Oaks, […]

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Level 1 Trauma Centers and Patrice Pike: Thursday’s Show (June 4, 2015)

Posted on · Despite more than 250 layoffs, and a new policy limiting the patients Ben Taub General Hospital can handle in its ICU, Harris Health System is operating at a $14 million deficit this year. The reductions in service threaten Ben Taub’s long-term Level 1 trauma center designation. Ben Taub is one of just three such trauma centers […]

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Monorail, Code Red Report, and Social Media Impact on Mental Health: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Posted on · Business is bustling in neighborhoods near and along Westheimer toward Post Oak Boulevard. A lot of people work and shop in the Uptown/Galleria area, River Oaks, and surrounding communities. That also means a lot of traffic. A variety of ideas have been floated over the years to address such traffic snarls, including the idea of […]