How cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens
Average transit ridership nationwide remains down 33.4% in September compared to pre-Covid levels, but Houston Metro is doing better.
by Cruz Garcia — There were reasons to believe a red wave was going to sweep the midterms—but, once again, a silent majority prevailed and this time it was amongst Zoomers and Millennials. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 made up 12% of the voter electorate this November.
The City of Pearland finds itself in an uncertain position after it was discovered that the taxable value of the city, used to calculate revenues and tax rates, was overstated by roughly $1.3 billion because of a “worksheet error.”
The real American divide is between the extremists of both parties and the moderate, pragmatic policy preferences of the average American.
National pundits opining on Texas elections say that the governor’s race is the one to watch, but Texans themselves are perhaps even more focused on the race for Harris County Judge.
by Charles Blain — Despite being awash with federal aid, $607 million since 2021, and benefiting from annual property tax increases, $27 million more this year, the City of Houston is asking voters this November to approve $478 million in local debt.
by Tory Gattis — Houston’s TIRZs (tax-increment reinvestment zones) may provide more opportunity for middle and working class families to find affordable housing than typical urban zoning practices.
by Cruz García — On the night of September 14, two planes carrying 50 Venezuelan asylees landed in Martha’s Vineyard sent by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
by Wendell Cox — In 2012, Texas Central Railway announced a plan to build a high speed rail line from Dallas to Houston. However, local opposition and lack of funding resources means the rail project now seems unlikely.
by Joel Kotkin — Today the world’s great cities, such as New York or London, face dramatically changed conditions, notably the rise of remote work, fears from the pandemic, and rising crime.
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