Increased dispersion as people move from densely populated urban cores, to smaller communitiesWendell Cox, used with permission

Census 2021 Estimates: Increased Dispersion

by Wendell Cox — Increased dispersion began before COVID, but accelerated in 2021 with what the Census Bureau characterized as “a shift from larger, more populous counties to medium and smaller ones.”
The Next American Cities, a report from Urban Reform Institute

The Next American Cities, a New Report from Urban Reform Institute

by Charles Blain — Our recently released report, The Next American Cities, offers an answer to the problems plaguing those living in and near major cities, with a combination of affordability, amenities, and proximity to jobs.
The Post-pandemic Future of Cities

The Post-Pandemic Future of Cities

by Tory Gattis — Fracking has a bad rep, but know-how born of the shale boom is now helping power clean energy entrepreneurship in Texas.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's approach to dealing with homelessness in Houston is seeing success.

Austin vs. Houston; Houston’s Tough Love Homelessness Model

by Tory Gattis — This week, I'm sharing my favorite excerpts from Evan Mintz's newest Texas Monthly essay, and how Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's approach to homelessness is succeeding.
Austin Downtown July 4th

Flexible Remote Work Beating Hybrid Models, Austin’s CA Housing Frenzy

by Tory Gattis — Californians are feeding Austin's housing frenzy, as flexible remote work is beating hybrid models for work.
The Astrodome Conservancy starts campaign to repurpose the Astrodome

Astrodome as World’s Largest Climate-Controlled Festival Park, Smart Traffic Lights and more

by Tory Gattis — Could the Astrodome be repurposed as the world’s largest climate-controlled park with a focus on weekend festivals? Having an activated park full of activities and festivals on weekends that is always protected from heat and rain would be a very popular spot for Houstonians.
New construction in Texas

Houston Land Use Event, 2nd in Tech Growth, and Republican Voters Moving to Texas

by Tory Gattis — First, I'll be covering some of Houston's land use and zoning history as well as what other cities can learn from Houston in an online event this Tuesday. Second, demographic information post-pandemic indicates that it may be frustrated Republican (R) voters leaving Democratic states and moving to R states...
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.
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.
Case for moving to Houston

Bloomberg’s Case for Moving to Houston, URI 2020 Year in Review Video, and More

by Tory Gattis — Bloomberg Businessweek's makes "The Case for Moving to Houston" in a story on high-tech workers leaving the big expensive coastal cities.