Houston Matters

Exploring the Power of — and Potential Problems with — Municipal Utility Districts

Posted on · We’ve discussed municipal utility districts (or MUDs) before. They provide public utilities — electricity, gas, water, phone lines and so forth — to otherwise unincorporated areas on the outskirts of a town or city without actually tapping into that city’s existing infrastructure. There are a thousand such MUDs in the state of Texas run by a […]

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As Houston Grows, How Do City Services Manage to Keep Up?

Posted on · In the 1970s, the city of Houston faced a building boom coupled with an infrastructure inadequate to cover basic needs. The city’s only play at the time was to shut down development inside the loop. Now, decades later, as building in the loop is finally starting to catch up with growth outside the loop, how […]

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Water Quantity, The Full Menu, and Chase Untermeyer: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Posted on · On past programs, we’ve explored water quality in Greater Houston. On this edition of the program, we talk about water quantity, and efforts underway to ensure there will be enough water for a growing Greater Houston community in the years to come. We’ also learn about a debate in Montgomery County over groundwater access. Also […]