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TxDOT releases environmental analysis on I-45 rebuild, kicking off comment period

The $7 billion plan to remake Interstate 45 from downtown Houston north took another step forward Friday when officials released the final environmental analysis for public comment, mostly unchanged from its previous form. The final report, more than 15 years in the making, is not the final word on exactly what will be built [...]

2020-09-29T15:00:06+00:00September 29th, 2020|

These tools — and policy changes — may help Houston address housing affordability

For years, Houston has been touted as one of the nation’s most affordable major metropolitan areas. But it’s now facing a decreasing supply of affordable housing. To effectively address the affordability crisis in Houston, local decision-makers and individuals must consider the combined costs of housing and transportation and their impact on overall affordability. [Read [...]

2021-04-30T19:29:06+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Here’s where affordable housing and sustainable transportation co-exist in Houston

To better understand the affordability crisis in Houston, LINK Houston and Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research teamed up to explore where affordable housing and high-quality, affordable transportation overlap in the city. [Read more.] Luis Guajardo and John Park Kinder Institute for Urban Research | May 5, 2020 READ FULL ARTICLE [...]

2020-05-07T16:36:59+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Broad Alliance Tells White House: Transit Workers Need Better Protection From COVID-19

Dozens of unions, business groups, economic justice organizations, and local transit advocates from across the nation wrote yesterday to Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, demanding better federal coordination to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for transit workers. [Read more.] TransitCenter | April 23, [...]

2020-04-23T18:58:52+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

Why is it so hard to say yes to walkability in Houston? [Essay]

A few weeks ago, I was walking in Midtown toward Montrose near Spur 527 when I saw a woman on a ladder hanging a sign on a fence. Her name’s Gwyneth Williams. She lives there on Westheimer. The sign warns that the city wants to close parts of the spur “forever” and advertises a [...]

2020-04-23T18:52:37+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

Long-term government projects must wait until public can comment [Opinion]

On March 27, during regional COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Transportation Policy Council held its regular meeting by telephone to discuss adjustments to highway project budgets and protocols. This powerful group of elected officials and bureaucrats from eight counties controls billions of taxpayer dollars and how they’re spent on our roads, highways [...]

2020-04-23T18:44:27+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

Climate change summit teaches students what’s at stake

V. P. Wright raised her voice and gesticulated, her tight blonde curls bouncing under a black fedora as she explained how environmental disasters like the Flint, Michigan, water crisis have disproportionately impacted marginalized communities. Speaking to a group of students and environmental activists Saturday, Wright went on to explain the concept of epigenetics, how [...]

2020-02-24T21:58:41+00:00February 24th, 2020|

This Family Survived an African Refugee Camp. Their New Challenge: Surviving Houston Without a Car.

One of the Bayou City’s biggest immigrant gateways, southwest Houston, is a dangerous and daunting place for pedestrians. Until January, Merci Madilu and his older brother, Espoir, had spent most of their existence in a refugee camp in the landlocked Central African nation of Burundi, where they shared a one-room, mud-walled shelter with their [...]

2020-02-10T23:04:33+00:00February 10th, 2020|

Adjustments to TxDot’s I-45 project to be unveiled by city planners

HOUSTON – Houston City Planners are set to unveil their recommendations to segment three of TxDot’s North Houston High Improvement Project during a community workshop Thursday night. This marks the second series of workshops where concerned residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about the design. The first workshop will be held [...]

2020-02-10T22:50:37+00:00February 10th, 2020|