What will be the Future of Cities?

The Future of Cities

Whatever the future holds for humanity, it is likely to take place in an urban context. Yet, there are many, and sometimes divergent, urban futures. This book is being published as a series, with permission of the American Enterprise Institute. Please return weekly to read each chapter as it is published.

Lina Hidalgo Pays Big for High-Profile Criminal Defense

Newly released campaign finance reports from the waning days of the November 2022 election show Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo spent more than $300,000 on high-powered Houston-based criminal defense attorneys Gerger Hennessy & Martin LLP.
Overdose Deaths in U.S.A.

The Woke Era is Over. Can Policy Makers talk about the Real Problems?

Post-Pandemic rates of drug overdoses, homicide, and suicide are too severe to ignore. People are desperate for answers that are not influenced by ideology or political extremities; the simplification of these phenomena will further exacerbate the problem.
HCI cost increases trending significantly higher in past year

TxDOT Highway Construction Inflation

TxDOT highway construction inflation is consistent with infrastructure cost increases nationwide, showing a sharp upward trend in project costs from 2021 to 2022.
LULAC sues Houston over political under-representation

LULAC Sues Houston Over At-Large Seats

LULAC sues Houston, contending that the city's at-large elections dilute the Latino’s community’s voting strength and deny them fair representation on city council.

The Impact of Young Voters on Midterm Elections 2022

by Cruz Garcia — There were reasons to believe a red wave was going to sweep the midterms—but, once again, a silent majority prevailed and this time it was amongst Zoomers and Millennials. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 made up 12% of the voter electorate this November.
The read American divide is moderate voters vs extremists on both sides

The Real American Divide

The real American divide is between the extremists of both parties and the moderate, pragmatic policy preferences of the average American.
Houston City Hall

Texas’s Hottest Race

National pundits opining on Texas elections say that the governor’s race is the one to watch, but Texans themselves are perhaps even more focused on the race for Harris County Judge.
Houston's growing business districts

Houston Asks Voters to Approve $478 Million in New Debt

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by Charles Blain — Despite being awash with federal aid, $607 million since 2021, and benefiting from annual property tax increases, $27 million more this year, the City of Houston is asking voters this November to approve $478 million in local debt.
Second Dwelling Units may help ease housing unaffordability in urban areas, but are prohibited by deed restrictions in many cities.

Why Houston is Better with TIRZs, and Minimal Zoning Restrictions

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.
Martha's Vineyard neighborhood

What Martha’s Vineyard Represents

by Cruz García — On the night of September 14, two planes carrying 50 Venezuelan asylees landed in Martha’s Vineyard sent by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.