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by Tory Gattis — Houston’s MaX Lanes Network is moving forward, the I45N rebuild project is in need of support. Meanwhile, Houston continues to be an immgration magnet, with one of the best job to housing ratios in the country.
by Tory Gattis — This week, I’m sharing my favorite excerpts from Evan Mintz’s newest Texas Monthly essay, and how Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s approach to homelessness is succeeding.
by Tory Gattis — Californians are feeding Austin’s housing frenzy, as flexible remote work is beating hybrid models for work.
by Tory Gattis — Writer Scott Beyer considers whether Texas is poised to add a 5th large metro, and thinks it will be along the corridor between Austin and San Antonio.
by Tory Gattis — The lead item this week is a very cool video from Reason, “Density or Sprawl? How To Solve the Urban Housing Crisis” — that discusses how Houston’s housing approach gets it right.
by Tory Gattis — Join us Wednesday evening June 16th: Building a ‘Be Someone’ City: Houston and the Rise of Opportunity Urbanism. We will discuss how to develop a market-centered, ‘people-oriented’ approach to urban policy, planning, and development.
by Tory Gattis — Could the Astrodome be repurposed as the world’s largest climate-controlled park with a focus on weekend festivals? Having an activated park full of activities and festivals on weekends that is always protected from heat and rain would be a very popular spot for Houstonians.
by Tory Gattis — First, I’ll be covering some of Houston’s land use and zoning history as well as what other cities can learn from Houston in an online event this Tuesday. Second, demographic information post-pandemic indicates that it may be frustrated Republican (R) voters leaving Democratic states and moving to R states…
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.
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.
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