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Prop 1 Projects, Air Quality, and Mel Chin: Wednesday’s show (February 4, 2015)

Prop 1 Projects, Air Quality, and Mel Chin: Wednesday’s show (February 4, 2015)

Tuesday in Houston and Rosenberg, the Houston-Galveston Area Council presented public meetings to share details on the Greater Houston area state highway projects it wants to see funded this year through money voters allocated in November from the state’s rainy day fund.

Proposition 1 allocates $1.7 billion this year. Some $288 million of that will come to the eight-county Houston region. High on the list here: the continued widening of U.S. 290, from the Grand Parkway to the Waller County Line, and the left-hand exit from I-45 to the Allen Parkway.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we run down the complete list of projects which, subject to state approval, will be taken up this year. But we also discuss what other state roads, highways, farm to market roads, and highway entrances and exits are in need of repair, widening or alteration. We welcome your examples. Where on these roads do you feel most like a white-knuckle driver? Which highways are in need of the most attention? Where do you think a simple change in how traffic is routed could make your drive better? Share your thoughts, as we talk with H-GAC’s Alan Clark, and Houston Public Media transportation reporter Gail Delaughter.

Also this hour: The Houston Advanced Research Center is beginning an air quality study using new air quality monitoring technologies to assess human exposure to air pollution. The Manchester, Milby Park and Galena Park neighborhoods will be the focus of the study. We learn more from Dr. Jay Olaguer, the Program Director for Air Quality Science at HARC.

Then: Artist Mel Chin is a Houston native known for works that span the media of paint, sculpture, video and performance. You’ve probably seen at least one of his works, “Seven Wonders,” a set of 70-foot-tall, shiny metal pillars along the back wall of the Wortham Center, which highlight  Houston’s history.

These days, the artist lives and works in North Carolina, but he’s made a homecoming of sorts in the form of a new exhibit called Rematch. It’s a retrospective on his career, and it’s on display concurrently at four Houston galleries through April 19 – the Blaffer Art Museum, the Asia Society Texas Center, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Station Museum of Contemporary Art. The collection features some 60 works highlighting the breadth of Chin’s subjects from 1974 to the present. We talk with Mel Chin about a few of his pieces, and how Houston’s limited zoning may have helped inspire his eclectic interests.

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