https://be6064.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/building-the-new-america.jpg?time=1708472703 675 1200 Joel Kotkin Wendell Cox Marshall Toplansky Tory Gattis Mark Schill /wp-content/uploads/2020/03/URI-logo-claret.png Joel Kotkin Wendell Cox Marshall Toplansky Tory Gattis Mark Schill2023-09-28 08:55:572023-09-28 17:16:41Report: Building the New America
How do we build a new urban model for America — one that is better aligned with the aspirations of most Americans? This newly released report examines the housing trends that are driving today's migration of people and jobs.
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The City of Houston is trying to sneak through backdoor zoning with an ordinance authorizing "conservation districts". This legislation is open for public comment: we've included the link to make your opposition heard.
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The Western US has long been an innovator in developing the urban form, notably in the creation of suburbanized, multipolar cities. Yet now that model is showing strain, and there’s a fierce debate about how western cities should grow.
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Empty downtowns persist as data shows strong economic incentives to continue the work-from-home revolution if jobs allow it, plus Houston port expansion seems to be paying off.
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Time for our annual round-up of 2022 highlights — the best posts from the year, with this year featuring many great posts from Oscar Slotboom.
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The City of Pearland finds itself in an uncertain position after it was discovered that the taxable value of the city, used to calculate revenues and tax rates, was overstated by roughly $1.3 billion because of a “worksheet error.”
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by Tory Gattis — Houston's TIRZs (tax-increment reinvestment zones) may provide more opportunity for middle and working class families to find affordable housing than typical urban zoning practices.
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by Tory Gattis — This piece covers the "freeway fighters", a growing anti-freeway movement in America which will have many negative ramifications for the economies of metro areas.
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Houston transit opponents worry that construction of the University Line will snarl traffic, invite unwelcome development and cripple local businesses.
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A new book by M. Nolan Gray cites the Houston city model makes a bold case against zoning.
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Inflation is causing huge cost increases for all types of infrastructure projects; this week we compare Houston highway vs. transit cost inflation.