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Council Member Sallie Alcorn announces "No Car Friday"
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Sallie Alcorn announces "No Car Friday"

Council Member Edward Pollard rolls out District J office days
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Edward Pollard rolls out District J office days

Mayor Turner Endorses Michael Bloomberg for President
By Urban Reform Staff

Ahead of a Thursday stop in Houston to launch his “Mike for Black America” initiative, presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg received the endorsement of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. The endorsement comes after a tough week for Bloomberg who has been criticized after an audio recording surfaced of making racially charged comments about his stop and frisk policy while serving as Mayor of New York.

Mission Creep in Houston Historical Commission
By Urban Reform Staff

When Houston passed its Historic Preservation Ordinance, supporters promised leery property owners that its passage wouldn’t mean government intrusion in every aspect of redeveloping private property in “historic” areas. Eight years later, it seems as though that has changed.

Housing & Development

Candidates Talk Flood Control
By Urban Reform Staff

On Monday, both Bill King and Tony Buzbee released their versions of a flood control plan while Mayor Sylvester Turner released his plan to encourage the spread of “green” stormwater development to mitigate flooding. King held a press conference Monday morning where he laid out his 7-point plan to reduce flooding in the city.

Fire Department Chiefs Call for ‘No Confidence’ Vote
By Urban Reform Staff

Further escalating the fight between Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration and employees of the Houston Fire Department, more than 90 district chiefs signed a letter calling for a vote of “no confidence” in Fire Chief Sam Peña.

Buzbee Calls for Investigation into Hiring of $95k Intern
By Urban Reform Staff

Houston mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee held a press conference calling for an independent investigation into Mayor Sylvester Turner and the hiring of Airport System intern, Marvin Agumagu.

Mattress Mack Endorses Mayor Turner
By Urban Reform Staff

In a speech on Wednesday, Houston’s Mattress Mack endorsed Mayor Sylvester Turner’s campaign for reelection: “The mayor of Houston must be concerned – indeed obsessed – with helping the people of Houston. That’s why I’m here today to support Mayor Sylvester Turner..."

Affordability

Turner Signs Executive Order for ‘Livable Wage’
By Urban Reform Staff

Mayor Sylvester Turner issued an executive order for a livable wage of, at minimum $12 per hr, by 2021 for Houston Airport System contractors and concessionaires.

Housing & Development

King Rolls Out Flood Control Plan
By Urban Reform Staff

Just ahead of Election Day, mayoral candidate Bill King held a press conference in Kingwood rolling out his plan to address chronic flooding in the area. He focused on the need to dredge the mouthbar – a sandbar at the mouth of the San Jacinto River – and the city’s failure to do so, so far.

Unofficial Election Results
By Urban Reform Staff

Significantly delayed Election Day results left Harris County and Houston voters still very unsure of the outcome of a number of races early Wednesday morning.

Houston City Council Runoffs Come to an End
By Urban Reform Staff

Houston’s 2019 municipal election was finally settled last night as runoffs for eleven city council races and the mayor’s race came to a close.

Free Fare Proposal Getting Attention
By Urban Reform Staff

In an effort to reduce traffic congestion, increase air quality, and speed up travel times, Houston blogger and Fellow with the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, Tory Gattis, is proposing that Harris County’s transportation agency implement a free-fair policy going forward. Last year, Gattis encouraged Metro Chairman Carrin Patman and the rest of the board to halt approval of $100 million in new fare-collection equipment because they’d only be collecting $70 million in revenue.

Affordability

Houston Tops Lists for Housing Affordability
By Urban Reform Staff

This week, Demographia released its 16thannual International Housing Affordability Survey which analyzed 309 housing markets across the globe.

Truth in Accounting Releases Financial State of Cities
By Urban Reform Staff

Truth in Accounting released their annual Financial State of the Cities report which breaks down the annual financial reports from the nation’s 75 most populous cities. Notably, the report found that 63 of the cities did not have enough funding to pay all of their bills, meaning they deferred much of these costs onto future taxpayers. They also found that the collective debt for all 75 cities totaled more than $320 billion.

Opportunity for Houston’s Communities
By Urban Reform Staff

Last week, I had the chance take part in a panel with Dr. Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush; George Foreman, 2x World Heavyweight Champion; and State Rep. Harrold Dutton at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 2020 Policy Orientation.

Mayor Turner on Spring Branch Explosion
By Urban Reform Staff

Mayor Turner on Spring Branch Explosion

Council Discusses Houston Affordable Housing
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Discusses Houston Affordable Housing

Small Government, Big Solutions: Opportunities to Advance African American Communities
By Urban Reform Staff

Small Government, Big Solutions: Opportunities to Advance African American Communities

Tomaro Bell Testifying Against I45 Project
By Urban Reform Staff

Tomaro Bell Testifying Against I45 Project