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Full Show: Prosperity Gospel, And Project Row Houses Turns 25 (Dec. 14, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn about last night's HISD board meeting and about the latest efforts to woo the Democratic National Convention in 2020. Then, we explore how so-called prosperity gospel messages affect people's behavior. We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news. And Project Row Houses turns 25.

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Exhibit Turns Row Houses Into Art Installations — and Centers for Activism

Posted on · Project Row Houses is known for combining community activism with art. Their non-traditional exhibition spaces – located not in the tony museum district but in Third Ward row houses – allow artists and curators to play with themes you might not see in a gallery. Their newest exhibition turns seven different row houses each into […]

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Highway Fonts and Convict Leasing: Wednesday’s Show (March 23, 2016)

Posted on · Highway signs are carefully regulated. They have to be a certain height and color. Most importantly, of course, they have to be as legible as possible, and that’s why there are standard rules for lettering. Back in 2004, Texas and some other states opted to use a new, independently designed font called Clearview instead of the […]

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Is Housing Segregation Happening in Houston?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit challenging decisions by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The department awarded tax credits for low-income housing in Dallas to encourage new affordable housing in blighted areas using race-neutral criteria. A group called the Inclusive Communities Project sued, saying the agency approved more applications in […]

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Racial Quotas in Housing and “Deli Man” Ziggy Gruber: Thursday’s show (February 26, 2015)

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit challenging decisions by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The department awarded tax credits for low-income housing in Dallas to encourage new affordable housing in blighted areas using race-neutral criteria. A group called the Inclusive Communities Project sued, saying the agency approved more applications in […]

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NEA Chair Says Houston ‘Gets It’ When it Comes to the Arts

Posted on · Since being confirmed the eleventh Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu has been making a case to increase federal funding for the arts. She’s been crisscrossing the country to get a sense of how cities use the arts to improve society, and last month she made a stop in Houston where she […]

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Project Row Houses: Solving Affordable Housing Issues with Art

Posted on · You might be familiar with Project Row Houses. For the past 20 years, the non-profit has renovated shotgun-style houses in Houston’s historic Third Ward and turned them into art installations and affordable housing for low-income residents. Last month, founder Rick Lowe was named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, commonly known as a MacArthur genius award. It […]

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Voter ID, Banning Fracking and Project Row Houses: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Posted on · Early voting began on Monday in Harris County with the state’s voter ID law recently reinstated by a federal appeals court. The ruling handed down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allows the law to be used in the Nov. 4 election, despite a lower judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The Texas law […]