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Alternative Energy Series Conclusion, Ashby High-Rise & The Inner Marilyn: Houston Matters for Tues., April 29, 2014

Alternative Energy Series Conclusion, Ashby High-Rise & The Inner Marilyn: Houston Matters for Tues., April 29, 2014

Hydro PowerEach Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters has explored efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy. In previous weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, wind power, and biofuels.

On this edition of the program, we ask what you’d prefer to see energy companies here in Texas pursue – whether traditional fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas, or the alternatives we discussed in previous weeks, or alternatives we have NOT yet discussed – from geothermal to hydroelectric power and beyond. If you ran an energy company in Houston, what sources of energy would you want to pursue? Along the way, we’ll discuss the environmental impact and economic policies associated with all forms of alternative energy, with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment.

Also this hour: Last year, nearly two dozen residents near Rice Village sued to stop development of a 21 story residential tower. Jurors decided the so-called “Ashby High-Rise” would create a nuisance. Developers appealed, and now the case is before a Harris County judge. We’ll discuss this seven-year-long battle between residents and developers, and how it represents what one of our guests calls “back door zoning.” We’ll also talk about the growth of mid- and high-rise real estate in Houston and how this case could impact future development here.

Plus: An exhibit opens in Houston this weekend that features a number of Marilyn Monroe’s personal effects. It’s called The Inner Marilyn, and it showcases, among other things, some costumes from Monroe’s movies, and photographs that chronicle her tumultuous life. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty will have a report.

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  • What Renewable Energy Sources Should We Pursue Next?

    Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters has explored efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy. In previous weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, wind power, and biofuels. On this edition of the program, we ask what you’d prefer to see energy companies here in Texas pursue – whether traditional fossil fuels, like oil and natural gas, or the

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  • What Does the Ashby High-Rise Case Mean for Development in Houston?

    Last year, nearly two dozen residents near Rice Village sued to stop development of a 21 story residential tower. Jurors decided the so-called “Ashby High-Rise” would create a nuisance. Developers appealed, and now the case is before a Harris County judge. We discuss this seven-year-long battle between residents and developers, and how it represents what one of our guests calls “back door zoning.”

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  • Designing Affordable Customizable Kit Homes

    We learn more about Brett Zamore whose company, Zamore Homes, designs ready-to-assemble kit-home built with off-the-shelf components that provide affordability and customization.

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  • Exhibit Aims to Help Us Get to Know ‘The Inner Marilyn’

    An exhibit opening this weekend contains many personal artifacts that belonged to Marilyn Monroe. “The Inner Marilyn” is part of a series of events running through June 10th at The Jung Center of Houston that explores the real woman behind the iconic sex symbol. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty has more.

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Craig Cohen

Craig CohenCraig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 7:00 p.m. on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager, to talk show host, reporter, news director, and producer. He's interviewed politicians, industry leaders, authors, newsmakers, and the occasional Muppet. Craig seeks to make the world a slightly better place every day, by informing, enlightening, and entertaining.View all posts by Craig Cohen →