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My Houston 2040
Monthly meeting of Houston's urban, eco, creative, & hungry minds
** This month we again bring you the jams and the visionaries **
Co-hosted by Houston Tomorrow, Air Alliance Houston, Citizens' Transportation Coalition, CNU-Houston, & Planners' Revolution

8:15 pm Hearts of Animals
Will Make Your Heart Beat and Your Tears Dance
7:30 pm Christof Spieler
Just Helped Reimagine Houston’s Entire Local Bus System. What Should We Do Next?
6:45 pm Joe Mathlete
Is an Experimental Musician. He's Not Sure How This Will Go.
6 pm Chris Wise
of local band Buxton Will Give His My Houston 2040 Vision

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5:30 - 9 pm
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Rudyards Upstairs
2010 Waugh
$5 pre-sale. $8 at the door. 21 & up
Food and drink available at the bar
Speakers begin at 6 pm

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The Idea
Houston Tomorrow, Air Alliance Houston, Better Houston, Planners' Revolution, CNU-Houston, and the Citizens' Transportation Coalition agree that Houstonians can build a better Houston today by thinking about the Houston we may inherit in 2040 and the Houston we want in 2040. Each happy hour will include time for networking and socializing and speakers who will give informational presentation on Houston urbanism, transportation planning, culture, environment, and more, and their "My Houston 2040" vision:
  • What do you think Houston will be like in 2040?
  • What do you want Houston to be like in 2040?
  • What do you want us to do to make Houston like you want it to be in 2040?

The Bands and Speakers
Hearts of Animals is the brain and almost always solo-act of Mlee Marie. A native Houstonian who writes and plays original songs that range from dreamy psychedelic rock-y to melancholy folk-y to garage-y punk-y to drone-out sax loops.  Depending on what musical whimsey she is feeling she may do a show with a full live band or solo with an i-pod, or a show with a saxophone and a loop pedal and maybe a flute?

Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP is a member of the board of directors of Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), a Vice President and Director of Planning at Morris, and a Senior Lecturer at Rice University.

As the chair of METRO's Strategic Planning committee, he initiated the Transit System Reimagining process, a blank sheet re-design of the entire bus system. Since Mayor Annise Parker appointed him to the board in 2010, METRO has successfully obtained a $900 million in federal funding for light rail, increased transparency, put Houston transit on a firm financial footing, and initiated a new BRT project in a major job center. At Morris, he has coordinated land use and transportation planning projects in a variety of settings including a mixed use district plan in Downtown Houston, citywide land use policy in Sugar Land, TX, a multimodal medical center access plan in El Paso, and a transit-oriented development master plan in Seattle.

Christof has spoken extensively on transit and planning, including “last mile” connections to transit stations at the national Railvolution, New Partners for Smart Growth, American Public Transportation Association, and Greenbuild Conferences and at statewide conferences of the American Planning Association and the Texas Society of Architects.

Joe Mathlete is one of Houston's multitalented artists who happens to write amazing songs. He may be becoming the My Houston 2040 house band if he will continue to write and perform experimental pop, electronic shows to us. Joe Mathlete Explains Today's MarmadukeJoe Mathlete Will Draw Anything You Ask Him To On An Index Card, and Live From Joe Mathlete's Living Room are just some of his projects.

Chris Wise plays bass in Buxton. "Buxton's forthcoming album, Half A Native, signals a departure from the rustic sound they have become known for and adds elements of indie rock, psychedelia, honky-tonk, ambience and distortion, resulting in their most realized album to date. Having enjoyed great success regionally in their hometown of Houston and throughout the South, the five-piece band decided to shake things up for this album and headed to Los Angeles to work with producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Beachwood Sparks). From the dusty tones of guitar-slinging anthems to lonesome acoustic affairs that look outward and within, Half A Native is music for the search for home; the long journey to find somewhere, something, or someone that makes everything fall into place."
(Chris Wise Photo credit: Jay Dryden)
To learn more about the host organizations, follow the links below:

Houston Tomorrow
Air Alliance Houston
Citizens' Transportation Coalition

CNU - Houston
Planners' Revolution
Better Houston
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