Aerial view of Houston, Texas

Planning Starts for Houston’s Managed Lanes Network, Plus COVID Impact on Metro Ridership

by Tory Gattis — Dallas has experienced a ridership drop of 57%, nearly identical to Houston. We probably won't see a rebound in transit ridership until there is widespread vaccination and rush-hour traffic congestion returns to pre-covid levels.
Houston, city of the future

Texas Central High Speed Rail Looking for Federal Loan Guarantees, HTX Future, Energy, and More

by Tory Gattis — Texas Central high-speed rail is now looking for federal loan guarantees. But to repay the $30B in loans, rail prices will exceed comparable air fares, assuming 6M riders.
Houston from other parts of the world

A New Strategy for Securing Houston’s Economic Future

by Tory Gattis — What will be Houston's economic future in a less carbon-intensive energy world? Will we still be an energy capital, or could we play to other strengths?

Houston Top 5 Global City in America, Big SWA increase at Hobby, Dilbert vs. City Red Tape

by Tory Gattis — Houston ranks in top 5 of America's global cities behind NYC, LA, and SF. We're still the most affordable global city in America!
Houston City Park

HTX Pandemic Response Failure, Food Deserts Aren’t Real, NYC ‘s Anemic Recovery

by Tory Gattis — Houston's All-American Pandemic Response: Ignore Until It’s Too Late. It saw what happened in NYC but its Covid-19 response was a failure anyway.
US Metro Areas by GDP

Houston’s Economic and Geographic Size, and Its Supportive and Resilient People

by Tory Gattis — Houston's economic output relative to its geographic size puts it at #7 in the US. And we cover how Houstonians are incredibly supportive during flooding.
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.
United Airlines plane parked at San Franciscon International Airport

Where United Airlines Should Establish a New Hub

by Tory Gattis — United Airlines has planes and crews idled by the pandemic - they could establish a new hub somewhere if they wanted to. But where would a new hub fill gaps and make economic sense?
Aerial view of suburbs

Houston a Model of Land-Use and Affordable Housing Reform for the Country

by Tory Gattis — For proven housing reform, look at Houston, arguably the most pro-housing city in the country. Houston leads housing affordability for large metros.
Urban developers have a bad reputation; how did that get started?

Houston Ranks 3rd Among Global Cities of Future, Explaining the ‘Evil Developer’ Trope, and more

Houston ranks 3rd among global cities of the future. The Texan city is a reputable talent hub and offers a welcoming business environment.