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Industrial scale 3D printing

Transit Tips from Harvard and Japan, Houston Life Science

by Tory Gattis — Transit tips from Harvard and Japan could benefit Houston. Meanwhile, Houston has just been named a Life Science emerging market.
Interstate 45 approaching Houston downtown business district

What Houston Could Lose Because of Harris County’s Anti-NHHIP (IH-45) Lawsuit

by Tory Gattis — Houston could lose because of Harris County's Anti-NHHIP (IH-45) lawsuit; the highway project provides extensive, transformative improvements.
Port of Houston now handles more cargo than Rotterdam

Are We Entering the Distributed Age? Plus Perspectives on Houston Infrastructure

by Tory Gattis — As we enter a distributed age of remote work, Houston's extensive infrastructure and affordable housing position the city for growth.
Winter freeze and power outage in TexasTerry Hammonds, CC 2.0 License

Grid Resilience, Repurposing River Oaks Theater, TX Migration and More

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.
working remotely in a horse trailer, January 2021

The Future of Remote Work and What it Means for Houston

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?
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.

Regulation of Electric Power in Texas

by Jim Crump — That electricity was tragically unavailable to many Texans during the recent period of extreme cold is driving concerns about current policy and regulation of electricity in Texas.
Winter storm, Texas 2021Brian Bennett, used under CC 2.0 License

Simple Free Solution to TX Winter Storm Blackouts

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.
GH&H Railroad Bridge, Buffalo Bayou Houston, TexasPatrick Feller, used under CC 2.0 License

The Future of Superstar Cities and Houston, CA’s Problems, Warehouse Glut, Why Tech in HTX

by Tory Gattis — The lead item this week is a really interesting piece my friend George sent me on the future of superstar cities by Matthew Yglesias.  I think his observations are directionally correct, but he’s missing some pretty important nuances.
The Astrodome Conservancy starts campaign to repurpose the Astrodome

Astrodome Campaign Ideas, MaX Lanes, Pandemic Migration and More

by Tory Gattis — The Astrodome Conservancy starts a campaign to re-engage the public on what to do with the Astrodome. Will they go big? Or, propose a more modest, affordable plan?