This is a very positive piece about what Houston can do in the next few months. Reservoirs virtually shovel ready, detention parks in the buyouts, lots more. Nothing fancy, just ways to come out of this a great city. Download this one, listen to it again, and then put it to work. Jim goes through everything about this flood, past history, and those to come. His work at the SSpeed Center and Baker Institute provides the details, but this is the distillation.
Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, and part of the recovery is finding out what we should be doing in the legal and other paperwork realm, in order to make sure we take care of that side of the equation. Kathy Vossler, a local attorney who lost her home during TS Allison, comes on to talk the process following such a loss. This is about tax extensions, filing forms, insurance claims, record keeping and more–and a retrospective about what to do differently.
Hitaji, a longtime volunteer at KPFT, comes in to talk about her life and her work and changes in both. The discussion soon turns to the flood and how we can deal with its effects in the weeks and months to come.
There are more than 500 road closings in Houston, today. We are in the middle of an 800 year storm event, and we are talking about the Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston chapter, and its annual symposium and plant sale, September 9. Though that may seem ridiculous (and that’s what schedules make it), it actually fits: because Russ is talking about the ecology of the natural system, and today, all eyes are on that natural system. Native plants are there because they have survived and we can learn learn some good lessons–especially if we go to the September 9 event and attend some monthly meetings!
School has started, the book is out (and available already for electronic media, whatever that is), and now it’s time to talk about the reality of putting all these new economy ideas to work. We talk about jobs, the American Yard (stop that mowing), and getting people’s attention in a time of apparent endless abundance.