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New Flood Czar Steve Costello Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Earlier this month, during his first State of the City speech — and on the heels of catastrophic flooding in mid-April — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed former city council member Steven Costello as the city’s “flood czar.” Costello hopes the city’s “Rebuild Houston” infrastructure program can help address flooding. We find out how and welcome your questions for Steve […]

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What Ideas Does Houston’s New Flood Czar Have To Address Flooding?

Posted on · Greater Houston has experienced three major floods in less than 12 months. Following the latest “Tax Day Floods,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Steve Costello as “flood czar.” News 88.7’s Florian Martin sat down with the former Houston city council member and engineer at a cafe in Montrose. Costello says he was not expecting to be named to […]

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Filling Houston’s Potholes: Thursday’s Show (January 21, 2016)

Posted on · Recently, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the official launch of his pothole repair initiative. Potholes reported to 311 are to be “assessed and addressed” by the next business day. We have, on this program, explored the political and judicial battles over street maintenance in Houston. During the campaign for mayor, potholes and street repairs were […]

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With Drainage Fee Vote Thrown Out, What Does that Mean for ReBuild Houston?

Posted on · A recent court ruling has placed in doubt the future of some of the funding related to Houston’s multi-billion dollar ReBuild Houston initiative, designed to address the city’s drainage and street repair needs. Judge Buddie Hahn last month ruled a ballot measure approved five years ago didn’t properly explain the nature and cost of ReBuild’s […]

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ReBuild’s Future, TIRZes, and Veterans’ Stories: Wednesday’s Show (November 11, 2015)

Posted on · A recent court ruling has placed in doubt the future of some of the funding related to Houston’s multi-billion dollar ReBuild Houston initiative, designed to address the city’s drainage and street repair needs. Judge Buddie Hahn last month ruled a ballot measure approved five years ago didn’t properly explain the nature and cost of ReBuild’s […]

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City Faces Lawsuits Over Post Oak Bus Lanes and Drainage Fee

Posted on · Earlier this month, a homeowner’s association filed a lawsuit against METRO, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. The Cosmopolitan Condominium Association alleges the transportation agency isn’t complying with a 2003 referendum voters passed in favor of adding light rail to Post Oak Boulevard. The suit alleges METRO running bus lanes along Post Oak puts […]

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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 […]