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Your Houston Master Plan: How Would You Design H-Town If We Had a Do-Over?

Posted on · We talk a lot about master planned communities like The Woodlands — carefully codified, mapped out, zoned, restricted — all with the goal of creating the best possible quality of life for its residents. It’s a century or more too late for the city of Houston to operate like that. We even, at times, celebrate […]

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Sylvester Turner Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 22, 2015)

Posted on · For the last several Tuesdays, we have offered you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We conclude on this edition with State Rep. Sylvester Turner.  He grew up in northwest Houston in the Acres Homes community. He’s a graduate of the University […]

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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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How Will Houston’s Latino Population Shape the City’s Future?

Posted on · Houston will need to integrate the growing Latino community into its planning process in order to sustain its growth. That’s according to Dr. David Diaz, Director of urban studies at California State University in Los Angeles. He recently spoke at the University of Houston about the larger role the city’s Latino community will play in […]

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Deepwater Horizon Fifth Anniversary: Monday’s show (April 20, 2015)

Posted on · Five years ago Monday, an oil well exploded deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven crewmen were killed on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. That deadly incident was just the start of what became an all-out environmental catastrophe, as millions of barrels of crude oil spilled […]

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Gentrification and Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 11, 2014

Posted on · Back in August of 2013, Houston Matters met with longtime residents of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood to discuss how their community had changed over the years. Among the major topics of discussion was gentrification. The residents noted how development had changed the personality and affordability of their neighborhood. But they didn’t necessarily see gentrification as a bad […]