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Refugees Farming to Make a Living Wage

Posted on · Plant It Forward Farms is a Houston based non-profit that aims to employ refugees through an urban farmer program that teaches refugees how to make a living wage from farming an acre of land. Plant It Forward Farms’ success caught the eye of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain and was featured on the show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts […]

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How Can Houston Suburbs Improve?

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research examines ways Houston suburbs can improve. The study is based on five case studies of Houston suburbs, including Sugar Land and The Woodlands. Kyle Shelton, the man behind the research, joins us to discuss how our idea of suburbs has changed over time and […]

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Project Aims to Help Citizens Better Communicate Urban Development Ideas to City Leaders

Posted on · We learn about the BMC Project from its executive director Andy Hirschfeld. The public policy start-up aims to help citizens better communicate to their respective city leaders their ideas for the urban environment  and development.

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Are There Really Two Houstons? Inside v. Outside the Loop

Posted on · It’s been said there are two Houstons. One is inside the loop: urban, with skyscrapers, universities, recycling, museums, buses. The other is outside the loop: suburban, with strip malls, sprawl, U-turn lanes, Kroger. Some Houstonians live in one, and work in the other. Some make a point of visiting one while devoting most of their […]

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Houston’s Fascination With Strip Malls, For Better or Worse

Posted on · Houston – for better or worse – is known for its strip malls. We have a lot of them. Strip malls aren’t the most attractive storefronts for businesses, but there are some bright spots to what many may consider eyesores. We talk with University of Houston architecture professor Susan Rogers about Houston’s strip malls. And we ask: […]