by Tory Gattis — Four drivers of Texas’ rapid growth: a light touch on zoning, high standard of living, and family friendly housing prices in good school districts make for opportunity cities.
About Tory Gattis
Tory Gattis is a Founding Senior Fellow with the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, and co-authored the original Opportunity Urbanism studies. Tory writes the popular Houston Strategies blog and its twin blog at the Houston Chronicle, Opportunity Urbanist, where he discusses strategies for making Houston a better city. Tory is a McKinsey consulting alum, TEDx speaker, and holds both an MBA and BSEE from Rice University.
Entries by Tory Gattis
by Tory Gattis — Going beyond all the usual reasons given for Texas’ high growth, here’s the technical overlooked one that I think is a big key: Texas does not allow unincorporated counties to regulate land use (i.e. create zoning), which creates pretty much a totally free market in development just outside cities.
by Tory Gattis — I will be one of the speakers at the “Land Use without Zoning: Putting Ideas into Practice” online event, hosted by the Mercatus Center. Understanding how to navigate and remove zoning and land-use regulation barriers allows for a dynamic housing market and paves the way for successful community development efforts.
by Tory Gattis — Transit tips from Harvard and Japan could benefit Houston. Meanwhile, Houston has just been named a Life Science emerging market.
by Tory Gattis — As we enter a distributed age of remote work, Houston’s extensive infrastructure and affordable housing position the city for growth.
by Tory Gattis — Texas can improve grid reliability without extraordinary costs: treat gas pumps like critical infrastructure during blackouts! This simple paperwork blunder left Texans cold during the deadly freeze.
by Tory Gattis — What does the post-pandemic future of remote work mean for Houston? Is the city likely to benefit from remote work or not?
by Tory Gattis — How does the Houston housing market achieve elasticity? Less regulation. The city famously lacks a zoning code, and many of its suburbs are also very pro-growth.
by Tory Gattis — There was a simple, free solution to TX winter blackouts: add natural gas pipeline pumps to the list of critical infrastructure so their power isn’t cut.
by Tory Gattis — Solutions for affordably improving Texas power grid resilience will have to be nuanced and incremental. Winterizing all power plants may be unnecessarily expensive…
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