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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 — 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. Plus, what demographic trends are emerging post-pandemic?
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.
by Tory Gattis — I will be speaking at “Land Use without Zoning: Putting Ideas into Practice”, hosted by the Mercatus Center. Understanding how to navigate and remove land-use regulation barriers allows for a dynamic housing market and successful community development.
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 — Houston could lose because of Harris County’s Anti-NHHIP (IH-45) lawsuit; the highway project provides extensive, transformative improvements.
by Tory Gattis — As we enter a distributed age of remote work, Houston’s extensive infrastructure and affordable housing position the city for growth.
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