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The Value of Cheap Housing

March 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Housing and Affordability

Urbanists generally don’t like to talk about cities like Houston. It sprawls. It’s car oriented. It’s over air-conditioned. In other words, it’s the antithesis of the dense and walkable cities that urbanists today like to tout as being exemplary. But despite all this, Houston is one of, if not the, fastest growing city in America.[read more]

Interrupting the Ordinary: PARK(ing) Day in Houston

October 1, 2014 by Allyn West

Public Space Innovation

The first PARK(ing) Day was in 2005 in San Francisco. It lasted just two hours. A group from art and design studio Rebar fed the meter, put down sod, a bench, and a tree for two hours --- as much time as they could buy --- and then packed it all up.[read more]

Urban Development: Texans Didn't Make Houston Great

July 28, 2013 by Jim Russell

Houston Development

Louisville is more parochial than Houston. In abstract terms, the strength of the network is within the community. Within Houston, those same connections are weaker. That network is more outward facing, and much more open to recent graduates.[read more]

Is Houston Solar Energy Ready?

March 17, 2013 by Glenn Meyers

solar energy

“Is Houston Solar Ready?” is a four-page collaborative review that presents a review of the technological implementations in Houston homes, schools and commercial buildings.[read more]

The Road to Rio+20: Houston is a city leading by example

April 25, 2012 by Jason Hartke

Houston's sustainability strategy is impressive, an example of the key position cities have in driving the green economy forward. When you think of Houston you might think of 10-gallon cowboy hats, Nasa and a terrific barbecue. But you might not necessarily think about green building and sustainability initiatives. Houston has been...[read more]

Houston Has A Problem

April 16, 2011 by Jim Russell

Houston looks poised to tumble. The anxiety about that city's position as the "Energy Capital of the world" is ironic, particularly with oil prices so high. Yet the unease is obvious:“I would imagine 50 years ago if you had gone to the Automobile Maker’s Club of Detroit and asked them if they would be the car capital in the future you...[read more]

More Biking Lessons from Portland

March 1, 2011 by Next American City

Bikers take part in a Sunday Parkways Celebration.Promoting Biking to Those beyond the Young and the Fearless Portland’s 2030 Bicycle Master Plan, unanimously adopted by the city council earlier this year, envisions Portland as “a world class bicycling city” by tripling the overall mileage of bikeways in the hopes of encouraging even...[read more]

Portland: Making Biking Mainstream (Part I)

February 28, 2011 by Next American City

It’s become a cliché that Portland is America’s most livable city, a hotbed of innovation when it comes to green policies, public spaces, pedestrian amenities, transit, public spaces, and, of course, bicycles. In fact some people are growing weary (and the rest of us envious) of hearing about how great things are in Oregon’s largest city...[read more]

First, figure out how much parking you can build

May 14, 2009 by Chris Bradford

Austin's consultants are turning out reports faster than I can digest them. ROMA's proposal for a permanent density bonus program downtown is worth a read.  The ultimate recommendation -- make residential developments pay bonuses for extra floor space -- is a bad one.  But the report contains some interesting...[read more]