Handling the COVID-19 Surge in TexasPublic Domain

How Houston Defied Doomsday COVID Predictions, HTX books and art, transportation innovations, and more

How Houston Defied Doomsday COVID Predictions: Houston’s approach is a model for how hospital systems should handle intense case surges.
Visitors Center Houston Port AuthorityMaverickLittle

Tax & Regulatory Burden Rankings, Houston Walkability and More

Houston has the lowest tax burden of major U.S. metro areas: a lower regulatory burden for Houstonians means paychecks stretch further.
Houston, and Texas in general offers affordable housing

Misleading Poverty Stats, What $250K Buys You in Houston, Density and Transit vs. COVID

Houston allows even the poorest to come here seeking opportunity rather than blocking them out thru restrictive housing policy. And their point about rich neighborhoods being next to poor ones is also great! That means there is affordable housing near the jobs (esp. service jobs). Every major job center in Houston has affordable neighborhoods within a 15-minute transit ride.
Houston Downtown

Better Understanding of What Makes Houston Special

by Tory Gattis — Just a few short items this week mostly around a common theme of understanding what makes Houston special; food, music, parks and friendly people...
Seattle traffic congestion seen from Rizal Park

Is Traffic Congestion a Con?

Last month, INRIX issued a new report on urban traffic congestion worldwide, with new rankings for U.S. metro areas. Has expanding freeway capacity failed or were comparison metrics poorly chosen?

Houston Most Affordable High-Growth Metro

by Tory Gattis — Houston is the most affordable high-growth metro, with rents more affordable than Dallas, Austin or even San Antonio. Other affordable metros are slow-growth to stagnant or declining.
Tory Gattis talks with KAS about Houston's pandemic response

Klineberg plugs Houspitality, HTX outbuilds NYC, escape from New York, and more

by Tory Gattis — if you're looking for something new to read during this lockdown, I wanted to suggest a new book from Rice's Stephen Klineberg: The Prophetic City - Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America, all about how we've evolved over recent decades through the lens of his annual Houston Area Survey. Houston Strategies and Houspitality get a mention!
Urban Transit Post-Pandemic: Charles Blain and Tory Gattis discuss

Post-Pandemic Transit and Offices, Remote Work Reducing Rents, and More

by Tory Gattis — This week's key topics consider how we've faced the challenges of the pandemic and what transit and work might look like post-pandemic.
Conceptual view of future suburbia

Debating Deed Restrictions and Zoning, Office vs. Remote Work and More

by Tory Gattis — Will remote work become the norm? Even after the crisis eases, companies may let workers stay home. That would affect an entire ecosystem, from transit to restaurants to shops.
I-45N junction with the 10Dhanix, used under CC 3.0 License

The City of Houston’s Problematic Requests for the I-45N Project

by Erik Slotboom — Within weeks or months of a record of decision on this 10 year plan — the I-45N project, CoH is abruptly changing its position and is requesting drastic changes that are harmful to mobility, safety, and aesthetics.