Last year, I sang my praises for Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and all it does to help us wrap our heads around some of Houston’s biggest strengths and challenges as an urban environment.
In 2016 alone, the Kinder Institute produced 19 detailed reports covering important issues affecting not only Houston, but other leading urban centers around the world. These reports covered topics like magnet schools, fixing potholes and concentrated poverty. Then, of course, there was the 35th Annual Kinder Houston Area Survey, which is the nation’s longest-running study of the experiences, attitudes and beliefs of the residents in any metropolitan region. The impact of the Kinder Institute’s reports was felt all across Houston throughout the year, probably most notably in the effect their report “The Houston Pension Question” had on informing the city’s final pension decision.
Other avid Houstonians certainly took notice of the Kinder Institute in 2016, as, in addition to being featured on the pages of the Houston Chronicle, on television and on Houston Public Media, the institute was awarded a $7 million grant from the Houston Endowment.
The Kinder Institute’s work goes well beyond its research and reports, as it also focuses on public outreach by frequently hosting free events which tackle a variety of urban issues. This is a major reason why I’m so excited about the Kinder Institute at the moment. Here’s what they have in store for the first half of 2017 alone:
- The institute will present a forum with Gov. Martin O’Malley (former Baltimore mayor, Maryland governor, and 2016 presidential candidate) on Wednesday 2/15.
- Matthew Desmond (2015 MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner and author of the bestselling book “Evicted”) will be the guest for another forum on May 9th.
- Definitely mark your calendars for the May 1st Kinder Institute Luncheon 2017, which will honor Tom Bacon (Houston Parks Board chairman who led the creation of the Bayou Greenways 2020 project) and present the 36th Kinder Houston Area Survey.
For urbanists in Houston, 2017 will be another great year of progress and thought leadership from some of Houston’s brightest minds.
I encourage you to take a look at all the Kinder Institute’s reports from 2016 and hope to see you at one of the institute’s upcoming events!This entry was posted in Recognize, Rediscover
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