Kinder Institute to host Salt Lake City mayor; presentation to focus on urban livability and sustainability


Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Better Houston, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to informed civic involvement and dialogue, will host Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker for a presentation titled “Livability in Salt Lake City” Oct. 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium.

Becker has led Salt Lake City in achieving advances in livability goals, removed barriers to sustainable practices and implemented collaborative public policies. The city’s successes include an accessible, efficient transit system, walkable urban neighborhoods and responsible, long-term growth.

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Becker’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Houston City Council members Ed Gonzalez, C.O. “Brad” Bradford and Melissa Noriega to explore the ways Houston’s urban agenda might benefit from the Salt Lake City experience.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Kinder Institute at 713-348-4132 or

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