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1 big thing: Draft report touts 11th Street's success

The 11th Street bike lane. Photo: Jay R. Jordan/Axios

A Houston Public Works draft report obtained by Axios states that measures to slow traffic along 11th Street in the Heights have achieved key safety goals.

Why it matters: The project — a polarizing rebuild completed under former Mayor Sylvester Turner — has drawn skepticism from Mayor John Whitmire, who questioned its effectiveness after assuming office and ordered a formal review.

The intrigue: Houston Public Works submitted the report's latest draft to Whitmire in March, and he continues to mull the fate of the work, including a pair of bike lanes.

What they found: Changes to 11th Street resulted in slower traffic, fewer and less severe crashes, and a 200% increase in people using a crucial new trail crossing, per the report.

  • The report also shows that the societal cost of crashes along 11th Street during the same time frame dropped from $1.5 million in 2019 to $268,000 in 2023 after construction was complete.

Before leaving office last year, Turner ordered Houston Public Works to conduct an analysis looking at various data collected before and after the project, like speeds, crash statistics and congestion issues.

  • The report went through several draft versions before the latest version was submitted to Whitmire's office in March.

Driving the news: Whitmire's administration last week declined to release the report to Heights resident and safe streets advocate Emmanuel Núñez, who had requested it under open-records laws in February.

  • The administration immediately asked the Texas Attorney General's Office for an opinion on withholding the document, which city attorneys argued was allowed under state law since the document was related to policymaking and was in a draft stage.

In May, the AG's office agreed that the city could withhold the document if it would eventually be released in its final form, according to a copy of the letter shared with Axios.

Yes, but: The mayor's office, when Axios asked this week, wouldn't say if or when the final report would be released.

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2. Storms likely as hurricane season looms

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, captured by GOES-16 on June 17. Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Bayou City is bracing for days of heavy rainfall as a disturbance brews in the Gulf of Mexico.

The big picture: The National Hurricane Center said the system is likely to strengthen into a tropical depression or storm this week, which will be the first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season if it forms.

  • Mexico and Texas are expected to get the brunt of the storm, forecasters say. Parts of the Houston metro area could get up to 8 inches of rain through Thursday.

Threat level: National Weather Service meteorologists give Houston and the rest of Harris County a moderate risk (3 out of 4) for excessive rainfall Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • The main threats are the potential for flash floods, overflowing rivers and creeks, and coastal flooding.

Meanwhile, Harris County is the second least-prepared county in the country for climate disasters, per homeowners insurance resource ClaimGuide.org's risk assessment of more than 3,000 U.S. counties.

  • Galveston County ranked 16th.

How it works: 50 of the assessed counties were ranked by expected annual loss, community resilience and social vulnerability.

  • Harris County is anticipated to lose $2.2 billion annually and scored low on community resilience and high on social vulnerability.
  • Galveston County is expected to lose $496 million annually. It scored high on community resilience and high on social vulnerability.

How it works: ClaimGuide.org's analysis is based on data from FEMA's National Risk Index, which determines an overall risk score for 18 natural hazards.

State of play: Texas leaders have already issued an extended disaster declaration this year for heavy rains, high winds, hail and storms that have hammered the area repeatedly since late April.

3. Bayou Buzz

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🩺 A former Texas Children's Hospital doctor is facing federal charges for allegedly accessing and releasing patient information in an effort to call out gender-affirming care at the hospital. (Houston Public Media)

⚾️ The Astros' José Altuve, Yordan Álvarez and Kyle Tucker are among the leaders in American League All-Star voting. (Houston Chronicle)

🏟️ Rice University might consider building a new stadium as it seeks to update its football facilities in a "transformational way." (Houston Business Journal)

4. Black stories to watch during Juneteenth

Stephen Satterfield and Jessica B. Harris in "High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America." Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

This Juneteenth, press play on documentaries and streaming series from Black storytellers.

"Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom" on PBS

  • Direct descendants of the enslaved people who were freed on June 19, 1865, in Galveston were interviewed for this documentary.

"High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America" on Netflix

State of play: Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield travels to the Carolinas, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Chicago, Harlem, Atlanta and Los Angeles to trace Black history and the cuisine influenced by it.

Behind the scenes: This series is based on the book of the same name by Jessica B. Harris, who also appears in the series.

  • Harris is a two-time James Beard Award winner and culinary historian.

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