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Houston’s Mini-Kaihatsu, Sinking False Alarm, and more
by Tory Gattis — Houston's reported rate of sinking may be a false alarm in terms of the city actually disappearing below sea level, and a new book notes similarities between Tokyo's mini-kaihatsu and Houston's townhouse developments.
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Silliness of Induced Demand Arguments, NZ MUD Troubles, and more
by Tory Gattis — On the silliness of the induced demand anti-freeway-expansion argument; taxpayers *want* government to invest in infrastructure where there is demand!
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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.
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With Low Ridership, Should Metro’s Excess Cash Pile Go To Flood Control?
by Tory Gattis — In spite of ridership being cut in half due to Covid, Metro's financial position became stronger than ever due to a huge influx of federal grants, a total of $714 million in Covid relief in 2020 and 2021. Should this excess go to flood control?
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Demographia International Housing Affordability – 2022 Edition Released
Demographia International Housing Affordability rates middle-income housing affordability in 92 major housing markets in eight nations: Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States). This edition covers the third quarter (September quarter) of 2021.
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Road Subsidies, Challenging Parking Minimums, and Wage Growth
by Tory Gattis — Houston #3 for wage growth in the last year, maybe around the goldilocks zone of not too low or too high (which drives inflation).
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HCTRA Annual Report Shows Impact of COVID and Toll Diversions
by Tory Gattis, with data from Oscar Slotboom — The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) fiscal year 2021 annual financial report shows impact of COVID, but it had a strong financial position prior to COVID, and easily handled the financial setback.
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Green Jim Crow
by Jennifer Hernandez — The daughter and granddaughter of steelworkers, I grew up in Pittsburg, California, a gritty industrial town on the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay Area, with a significant Latino and Black workforce. That California no longer exists.
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Texas and Houston Growth Secret, Texas Miracle is More than Oil
by Tory Gattis — Going beyond all the usual reasons given for Texas' high growth, here's the technical overlooked one that I think is a big key: Texas does not allow unincorporated counties to regulate land use (i.e. create zoning), which creates pretty much a totally free market in development just outside cities.
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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.