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Gentrification and Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gentrification and Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 11, 2014

Back in August of 2013, Houston Matters met with longtime residents of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood to discuss how their community had changed over the years. Among the major topics of discussion was gentrification. The residents noted how development had changed the personality and affordability of their neighborhood. But they didn’t necessarily see gentrification as a bad thing.

For many, gentrification is a mixed bag. New developments in a neighborhood prompt new residents to move in, while some longtime residents move out. Blight is replaced with something new and shiny, but some historically or culturally significant landmarks can be lost along the way. A community may be economically revitalized but may lose some of its uniqueness.

On today’s Houston Matters, we welcome your thoughts about the pros and cons of gentrification. We hear from Houston resident Anis Shavani, the author of a recent article blasting such efforts here in Houston as a “sellout to developers” (and photographer of the images above). And we talk with Bill Fulton, an urban planning expert, and the Director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Fulton is the former planning director of San Diego, and the former Mayor of Ventura, California.

Also this hour: We discuss the history of hate groups in Houston with Mark Pitcavage, the Director of Investigative Research, and Director of the Center on Extremism for the Anti-Defamation League.

Plus: The music of Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man. The Houston band plays music that fuses country, rockabilly, and conjunto, and highlights both the accordion and steel guitar. Gaitan and his band perform a couple of songs in Houston Public Media’s George P. Geary Performance Studio.

(Images Courtesy: Anis Shivani)

Segments:

  • Is Gentrification of Houston Neighborhoods a Good or Bad Thing?

    Back in August of 2013, Houston Matters met with longtime residents of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood to discuss how their community had changed over the years. Among the major topics of discussion was gentrification. The residents noted how development had changed the personality and affordability of their neighborhood. But they didn’t necessarily see gentrification as a bad thing. For many, gentrification is

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  • The History of Hate Groups in Greater Houston

    There’s much of any community’s history worth celebrating – famous events, positive developments, landmarks established, people to champion. But history is also filled with unsavory characters and moments. And it’s just as important – some would say more important – to remind ourselves of those negative aspects of our community’s history. Among them are, of course, hate groups. The most

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  • Houstonian Writes Paleo Cookbook

    We learn about Houstonian Joshua Weissman, author of  The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook. Weissman used the Paleo diet (which consists of limiting one’s diet to only those ingredients our ancient ancestors ate) to lose more than 100 pounds.

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  • Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man: A Jambalaya of Gulf Coast Sounds

    The Houston group Nick Gaitan & The Umbrella Man combines elements of rockabilly, swamp pop, conjunto and honky-tonk into a unique Gulf Coast sound that utilizes an atypical assortment of instruments. Gaitan plays upright bass and sings. Roberto Rodriguez III is on the accordion. Bart Maloney plays pedal steel guitar. And Rajiv Grover’s on drums. Gaitan and his band stopped by

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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 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 →