Tag Archive for: economy

The Case for Suburbia

“Drivable Urban” Houston and the Case for Suburbia

by Tory Gattis — "Drivable urban" Houston has a lower cost of living than most major metros across the U.S., making a persuasive case for suburbia.
Exploratorium Museum

PBS Loves Houston, We Need an Exploratorium, HTX #1 in Homebuilding

by Tory Gattis — Houston needs its own version of the San Francisco Exploratorium museum - it's just awesome. Meanwhile, we're #1 in homebuilding, as Houston's population booms.
Welcome to Texas road sign

Texans don’t leave, checklist for opportunity cities, exurbia rising

by Tory Gattis — Lessons from history and from the success stories of the present point to clear priorities for cities to become today’s opportunity cities.

HCTRA Annual Report Shows Impact of COVID and Toll Diversions

by Tory Gattis, with data from Oscar Slotboom — The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) fiscal year 2021 annual financial report shows impact of COVID, but it had a strong financial position prior to COVID, and easily handled the financial setback.
The "Be Someone" bridge

My Land Use without Zoning Event, TX #1 for Small Biz, and the Be Someone Sign is Back

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.
Housing elasticity and prices in 20 fast-growing U.S. metrosMarket Urbanism Report

Texas Startup Manifesto 2.0, Houston housing elasticity, remote work reshaping America, and more

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.
Austin Downtown July 4th

Houston’s Ugliness Serves a Purpose, Austin = next Silicon Valley?

by Tory Gattis — Is Austin poised to become the next Silicon Valley? The city is currently attracting an influx of tech companies and workers from California.
Houston City Park

Best Posts of 2020 from Houston Strategies

by Tory Gattis — Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays.  Time for our annual round-up of the best posts of 2020 - a year we might otherwise like to forget.
Suburbs with green spaceLa Citta Vita, used under CC 2.0 License

Post-Pandemic Housing Reality, Alt Cities to CA-NYC Housing Boom

by Tory Gattis — A post-pandemic housing boom is underway in alternative cities as residents flee high housing costs and low quality of life.
Historic HP garage - the "birthplace" of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Exits California for Texas

Silicon Valley exits California for Texas in a quest for lower taxes, less competition for talent and an affordable cost of living for employees.