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Revisiting Houston’s Walkability

Posted on · On past Houston Matters programs, we’ve explored a number of concerns and efforts related to walkability in the region. We’ve talked about safety concerns for pedestrians, areas in need of improved access and policies designed to make the region more walkable. Now, two Houston neighborhoods have been named to a residential brokerage firm’s list of […]

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Houston Has a New Director at the ULI Office, What Does That Mean?

Posted on · The Houston office of the Urban Land Institute has a new executive director. David Kim has experience in local real estate and with nonprofits. What will he be doing in his new role, and how does his past experience apply to the Houston ULI office? And just what does the ULI office do? Kim tells us […]

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Judges and Party Affiliation: Friday’s Show (March 25, 2016)

Posted on · Across the country, you’ll find different systems in place for naming and retaining judges. In some states, judges are named by the executive branch and approved or rejected by the legislature. In others, judges are named and then face “retention elections” at regular intervals when voters can choose to retain or dismiss the judge. Here […]

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How Millennials Are Driving a Changing Houston

Posted on · In 2014, the Greater Houston Partnership launched a branding campaign to attract Millennials to Houston. The Urban Land Institute has done some preliminary exploration on what it is Millennials are looking for, and they believe that Houston has a lot of things to attract that age group — such as a strong economy, solid job […]

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Open Carry in Effect and Attracting Millennials: Monday’s Show (January 4, 2016)

Posted on · Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerning where open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Why Did Houston’s Real Estate Market Fall From No. 1 to No. 30?

Posted on · The Urban Land Institute, after calling Houston the No. 1 real estate market to watch last year, says we’re No. 30 this year. That represents the biggest drop for any city on ULI’s list. What happened? Why are we no longer a market to watch? We talk it over, and what — if anything — the shift might suggest about Houston’s […]

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Should the Astrodome Debate Be Taking This Long?

Posted on · Maybe you’ve grown fatigued with the seemingly endless discussion of what to do with the Astrodome. The conversation’s been ongoing for several years now — with no end in sight. But, when it comes to trying to decide the fate of a major city landmark, the length of this kind of public debate is pretty […]

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Houston Mayor’s Race: Tuesday’s Show (May 12, 2015)

Posted on · Last Wednesday, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced his candidacy for Houston Mayor. He joins an increasingly crowded race with: former Congressman and former Council Member Chris Bell, Council Member Stephen Costello, 2013 mayoral candidate Ben Hall, former two term mayor of Kemah and Houston Chronicle columnist Bill King, businessman Marty McVey, and State Representative […]

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The Astrodome Turns 50, But Still, What Should We Do with It?

Posted on · The Houston Astrodome officially opened 50 years ago today. Tonight, the event is being commemorated in an event at Carruth Plaza next to the now-vacant Dome. Among those participating: Preservation Houston, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who over the last year has been trying to sell his concept to […]

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Astrodome at 50 and Jarl Mohn: Thursday’s show (April 9, 2015)

Posted on · The Houston Astrodome officially opened 50 years ago today. Tonight, the event is being commemorated in an event at Carruth Plaza next to the now-vacant Dome. Among those participating: Preservation Houston, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who over the last year has been trying to sell his concept to […]

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Ted Cruz, Schlumberger and an Astrodome Report: 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. 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: Houston Chronicle columnist […]