If you’ve been reading along with us here at Houstonia, you know how much we love this crazy town. But we also know life is far from perfect here. The Bayou City is grappling with big issues—transportation, homelessness, hunger, poverty, crime, and flooding, for starters—and those issues will only become more challenging as we charge into the future, adding more than 2 million residents by 2030. What’s the best way for Houston to address its problems? We decided to consult the city’s brain trust, asking 20 Houstonians—all of whom are out there every day working to improve this city—what they see as the best path forward. In a shocking turn of events, we learned that there are no easy answers. Still, we have to start somewhere ...

In This Feature:

8 Experts Weigh in on How to Fix Houston

From crime reduction to preserving Houston's past, these locals have the answers.


How to Get Houston Voting

The League of Women Voters of Houston has a three-pronged approach.

01/30/2020 By Abby Ledoux

How to Insure the Uninsured

Is it time to expand Medicaid?

01/30/2020 By Jeff Balke

How to Fix Our Bayou System

Maybe we're just going to have to leave some places green.

01/30/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

How to Add More Affordable Housing

There are about 50,000 people being housed on 18,000 federal housing vouchers in Houston.

01/30/2020 By Jeff Balke

How to Improve Sex Education in Houston Schools

What should be taught changes every couple of years, so parents should be up to date.

01/30/2020 By Dianna Wray

How to Mitigate Flooding

10 tips to help prevent future flooding.

01/30/2020 By Jeff Balke

How to Save the Birds

Since 1970s, North America has lost around 3 billion birds.

01/30/2020 By Gwendolyn Knapp

How to Improve Education in Houston

One expert suggests lengthening school days and the school year.

01/30/2020 By Jeff Balke

How to End the Cycle of Homelessness

For one expert, the answer lies in education and mental health treatment.

01/30/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

How to Make Houston Greener

It doesn't take a lot of money to start making your home more efficient.

01/30/2020 By Jeff Balke

How to Fix Public Transportation

Houston already has a lot of the bones in place for potentially a transformative change.

01/30/2020 By Dianna Wray

How to Balance the City Budget

When you're a city government with a $5.1 billion annual budget, spending more than you earn is risky.

01/30/2020 By Laura Furr Mericas