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The Complications of a Sharing Economy

Posted on · The success of companies like app-based paid ride service Uber and web-based private lodging provider Airbnb have raised the profile of what’s characterized as a “sharing economy” model. But as much as these companies may represent a developing economic trend, it’s one that brings with it some complicated legal questions, as we learn from University […]

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From Uber to the HERO Trial: Mayor Parker Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on today’s Houston Matters. While she does so from time to time, this will be her first visit of 2015. Among the developments since her last appearance in November of 2014: The rejection of one Houston Equal Rights Ordinance petition challenge was heard in court, […]

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Your Questions for the Mayor: Friday’s Show (April 10, 2015)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on today’s Houston Matters. While she does so from time to time, this will be her first visit of 2015. Among the developments since her last appearance in November of 2014: The rejection of one Houston Equal Rights Ordinance petition challenge was heard in court, […]

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Is Houston Becoming More Friendly for the Car-less?

Posted on · We posed this question to you last year: is it possible to live in Houston without a car? Some Houstonians would characterize such an idea as pure folly. There’s too much of Houston that isn’t walkable, too much that’s too far away from public transportation to make life in Houston manageable without a car. But […]

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The Top Houston and Texas News Stories of 2014: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Posted on · As you prepare to ring in the New Year, we thought it would be a good time to revisit the old one. From the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, to the DuPont plant accident, to the fight over ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft, 2014 was certainly a busy one for news stories. Some stories resonated with […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Crime Data, Uber Approved & Expensive Scotch: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week — some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, we turn to our panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good the Bad and the Ugly of the week’s news. On today’s panel: Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg, Houston-based comedian Elaine Phillips, and Loris Simon, Visual Media Consultant for […]

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Early Education, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and The Suffers: Houston Matters for Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Posted on · To some, it’s laughable – the concept of a private, preparatory preschool, as the first step on the inside track to an Ivy League education. To others, it’s a serious matter. Perhaps you’ve heard about the ultra-competitive nursery school system in Manhattan. According to Gabriella Rowe, head of The Village School here in Houston, and the […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Ending Prohibition in Tomball & Texting While Driving: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, when faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On today’s panel: The […]

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Your Questions for the Mayor: Houston Matters for Mon., Nov. 3, 2014

Posted on · Houston Mayor Annise Parker joins us to field your questions on this edition of Houston Matters. Mayor Parker last joined us back in March. Since then, the Mayor and City Council have been busy. Council passed a $5.2 billion budget, as well as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (currently being challenged in court), and revised paid […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Corporal Punishment, Grocery Delivery and Cancelled Music Fests: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · The NFL’s latest scandal reaches Greater Houston (Conroe to be exact, and Vikings’ star Adrian Peterson); a new grocery delivery service launches in Houston and bills itself as “Uber for groceries;” and the first Lone Star Music Festival gets cancelled before it even gets off the ground: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The […]