Entries by Joseph Becsey

Gattis: MetroRail – the good, the bad and the ugly

By Tory Gattis New rail lines show value but also gaps in transit vision. In 2003, Houston voters approved a master plan for a light rail network in Houston’s core. Unlike Dallas, this system was not designed as a long-distance suburban commuter system (our Park-and-Ride, high-occupancy-vehicle, or HOV, system already serves that purpose), but as […]

California is so Over

By Joel Kotkin: California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result, the great American land of opportunity is devolving into something that resembles […]

Dispersion in Europe’s Cities

By Wendall Cox For any who had been following demographic trends closely in Western Europe, it is long been obvious that suburbanization was following generally the same track as in Canada (more than 75 percent suburban), Australia and the United States (85 percent suburban). Nearly all growth in the major cities has been in the […]

50 YEARS OF US POVERTY: 1960 TO 2010

By Richard Morrill 02/19/2015 Although inequality is the current focus of concern with income, it is in the end a story of the rich,the middle and the poor, who of course have not gone away.  It is valuable to remind ourselves, particularly the young, about how pervasive poverty was 50 years ago, how poverty declined […]


TEXAS…DOOMED TO REPEAT CALIFORNIA’S MISTAKES? Please join Dick Weekley, Walt Mischer, Kendall Miller, Alan Hassenflu, and Leo Linbeck, III on March 12th, Hilton @ 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Ballroom “C”  11:30 am Networking, Noon lunch Presentation and Panel, Adjourn @ 1:15 RSVP by March 9th – 866-573-8201 or contact-us@opportunityurbanism.org   California’s tough environmental rules and planning […]