Tag Archive for: planning

Los Colimas area and exurbs beyond Irving, Texas

Ultimate Agglomeration Diseconomy: The Standard of Living

Wendell Cox — It is hard to imagine a more destructive agglomeration effect than reducing the standard of living. Yet this is what the loss of housing affordability does.
High urban density leads to the worst housing affordabiltiy outcomes

Higher Urban Densities Associated with the Worst Housing Affordability

by Wendell Cox — Densification of existing urban areas leads to worse housing affordability, according to a recent study of 53 major US markets.
Quote from Tory Gattis about Texas MUDs

The URI Next American Cities Report, Texas MUDs as a Model

This newly released report from Urban Reform Institute examines the places that offer opportunity for a revitalized American Dream for more citizens.
405 Transportation Plan

Can Houston Avoid L.A.’s Mobility Disaster?

Over the past 20 years, Los Angeles County drastically curtailed highway improvements and poured massive resources into expanding public transit. The result: disaster. Why do Harris County officials want to bring Los Angeles-style transportation planning to Houston?
Aerial view of Houston, Texas

Preventing big infrastructure failures, mass migration to Texas and more

by Tory Gattis — To prevent big infrastructure failures, we need to compare a proposed project estimate to similar projects actual costs BEFORE a project goes through the approval process.
Las Vegas Convention Center transit

Houston Should Learn from the Future of Public Transit in Las Vegas

by Tory Gattis — This week we have a post from Oscar Slotboom on how Houston should learn from the future of public transit that Las Vegas is pursuing.
I 45N Expansion Plan

What the Katy Managed Lanes Tell Us About the NHHIP 45N Expansion

by Tory Gattis — This week we have a post from Oscar Slotboom on on the effectiveness of managed lanes and why they're so critical to the 45N expansion plan in Houston, TX.
Houston's downtown, looking outward toward suburbs

Houston’s Blob is About to Eat Even More of East Texas…and We Should Embrace It

by Tory Gattis — Houston’s traditional “build more” approach to growth responds to what people want rather than what urban planners think is the 'right' way.
The Astrodome Conservancy starts campaign to repurpose the Astrodome

Astrodome as World’s Largest Climate-Controlled Festival Park, Smart Traffic Lights and more

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.
Aerial view of Houston, Texas

Dangerous HCTRA Toll Revenue Diversion, Rail vs. Road Forecasts, HTX and Energy Transition

by Tory Gattis — HCTRA toll road revenue will now be diverted into a general fund, even as transportation already suffers in Texas from the state's diversion of gas tax to non-transportation needs.