Houston Matters: Full Show: Early Voting, and Flu Vaccine Effectiveness (Oct. 23, 2018)

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On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: More than 63,000 in-person ballots were cast in Harris County on Monday, a reportedly record-setting turnout for the first day of early voting in the midterm election. With mail-in ballots, 115,601 votes have been cast in Harris County so far. A local political scientist weighs in on voter turnout so far.

Also this hour: This year’s flu vaccine should be about 20 percent effective, according to tests from Rice University bioengineer Dr. Michael Deem, who joins us to discuss how the vaccine works and who should get it.

And we learn about an art project that’s bringing pay phones back.

Houston Matters: How Gentrification Of Houston’s Third Ward Is Impacting Community Culture

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Houston’s Third Ward has undergone an evolution of sorts over the last decade. Development has displaced some of the historically black neighborhood’s longtime residents, leading to a now years-long debate over how to invest in the area without making such sweeping changes that the Third Ward loses its historic identity and culture.

News 88.7 has been following and reporting on this debate over the years, talking with residents, elected officials, developers, and nonprofits about revitalization efforts.

Today, Houston Matters welcomes three guests who understand this ongoing challenge from different perspectives. Eureka Gilkey is the executive director of Project Row Houses, a Third Ward non-profit which combines activism with art. Dr. Jeffrey Lowe is an associate professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University. And Dr. Assata Richards is the director of the Sankofa Research Institute and vice chair of the Emancipation Economic Development Council.

Our conversation is part of Houston Public Media’s Legacies initiative, in partnership with Houston’s historically black universities, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.

Houston Public Media: Project Row Houses’ New Fundraising Initiative Supports Local Artists

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"The staff at Project Row Houses is winding down the workday and the festivities are just beginning. A live DJ is spinning tunes, beverages are being served, and there’s a giant spread of food inside the main room of the 1930s shotgun house. They’re celebrating the grand opening of their Collector’s Club, a new fundraising initiative. It introduces local artists to art collectors."