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.
Texas and USA flags in snow

Affordably Improving Texas Power Grid Resilience

by Tory Gattis — Solutions for affordably improving Texas power grid resilience will have to be nuanced and incremental. Winterizing all power plants may be unnecessarily expensive...
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?
Houston, city of the future

Increasing Venture Capital in Houston and More

by Tory Gattis — Houston employers can now offer an option to their employees in their 401k plans that would channel their retirement savings into Houston-focused venture capital.
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.
Public Domain

How a Biden Presidency Can Boost Houston and more

by Tory Gattis — Many people may be thinking of a Biden presidency as negative for the oil industry and Houston, but infrastructure projects could boost Houston.
View of Downtown Houston, Texas

Techxodus, Houston’s Identity, Future of Offices and more

by Tory Gattis — What defines Houston? Affordable housing is one of the things that makes Houston attractive to tech employees looking to relocate, and reap the benefits of the Texas model for supplying a continuous flow of new, affordable housing.
Case for moving to Houston

Bloomberg’s Case for Moving to Houston, URI 2020 Year in Review Video, and More

by Tory Gattis — Bloomberg Businessweek's makes "The Case for Moving to Houston" in a story on high-tech workers leaving the big expensive coastal cities.
Houston Downtown

New Zealand Adopts Texas Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs)

by Tory Gattis — In 2018, New Zealand sent delegates to the USA to study urban development, with a focus on revenue bonds and municipal utility districts (MUDs) in Texas.