Four drivers of Texas' rapid growth

Four Drivers of Texas’ Rapid Growth

by Tory Gattis — Four drivers of Texas' rapid growth: a light touch on zoning, high standard of living, and family friendly housing prices in good school districts make for opportunity cities.
Photo credit: Aerial vies of Irvine, Texas by La Citta Vitta, via Flickr

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.
The "Be Someone" bridge

My Land Use without Zoning Event, TX #1 for Small Biz, and the Be Someone Sign is Back

by Tory Gattis — I will be one of the speakers at the "Land Use without Zoning: Putting Ideas into Practice" online event, hosted by the Mercatus Center. Understanding how to navigate and remove zoning and land-use regulation barriers allows for a dynamic housing market and paves the way for successful community development efforts.
Industrial scale 3D printing

Transit Tips from Harvard and Japan, Houston Life Science

by Tory Gattis — Transit tips from Harvard and Japan could benefit Houston. Meanwhile, Houston has just been named a Life Science emerging market.
Interstate 45 approaching Houston downtown business district

What Houston Could Lose Because of Harris County’s Anti-NHHIP (IH-45) Lawsuit

by Tory Gattis — Houston could lose because of Harris County's Anti-NHHIP (IH-45) lawsuit; the highway project provides extensive, transformative improvements.

Regulation of Electric Power in Texas

by Jim Crump — That electricity was tragically unavailable to many Texans during the recent period of extreme cold is driving concerns about current policy and regulation of electricity in Texas.
Feudal Future on the Future of the GOP

Feudal Future Podcast — The Passing of a Party? The Future of the GOP

In this episode of the Feudal Future podcast, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky talk with Charles Blain, Brian Calle, and Cullum Clark about the future of the GOP.
Struggling neighborhood in Baltimore

Woke Politics a Disaster for Minorities

by Joel Kotkin — Will the woke policies of a Biden administration translate to better lives for minorities? History suggests they could be a disaster.
Costly housing in California unaffordable for working class

Making America California

by Joel Kotkin — As the Biden administration settles in and begins to formulate its agenda, progressive pundits, politicians, and activists point to California as a role model for national policy. If the administration listens to them, it would prove a disaster for America’s already-beleaguered middle and working classes.
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How a Biden Presidency Can Boost Houston and more

by Tory Gattis — Many people may be thinking of a Biden presidency as negative for the oil industry and Houston, but infrastructure projects could boost Houston.