Houston has been reeling from oil-market chaos and a coronavirus shutdown. Houston CFO Chris Brown has taken to calling the city’s situation a “double black swan.”
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.
by Tory Gattis — Hope everyone is staying safe – things are starting to look pretty good here in Houston, let’s hope the trend of virus cases declining holds
by Tory Gattis — An oil crash solution: a guaranteed price floor for U.S. oil producers would prevent job losses for skilled engineers and multibillion-dollar bailouts for U.S. oil companies; strengthen our energy security and accelerate our clean energy transition.
A fun item to end the week with: Nolan Gray’s alignment chart for cities, with Houston perfectly positioned at Chaotic Good due to our lack of zoning.
Want to stop closure of the Bagby and Brazos entrance/exit to/from the 59 Spur? There’s now a opposition website to the closure where you can sign the petition.
This week marks the first 15 years of Houston Strategies with our 1,280th post. We’re also up to more than 1.5 million pageviews, not counting views at Houston Chronicle and elsewhere.
Gattis suggests Houston could auction off up to 5% exemptions from vaccinations to save those exemptions for those who cannot be vaccinated. On a more celebratory note…Texas just ranked number 1 food state; could it be the BBQ?
Gattis urges Houston to discourage panhandling in favor of promoting comprehensive charitable services and to get a wag brigade of cuties roaming area airports for PR buzz that money can’t buy. Airport therapy pig, anyone?
This week’s Houston Strategies is focused on several topics: protecting residents from dangerous industrial businesses, reducing crime, street parking for mixed-use retail businesses, and rethinking Vision Zero plans.
by Tory Gattis — Houston’s consideration of turning the Bagby and Brazos portions of Spur 527 off 59 into a park, how the housing crisis drives socialism and more.
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