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The Geography of Housing Affordability in Texas

January 21, 2015 by Jim Russell

Housing Geography in Texas

Within the policy geography of Texas, housing affordability is highly variant from city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood. And in Brooklyn, concerning the increase in residential price per square foot from 2004-2012, large swaths of the borough saw either decrease or stagnation. Don't believe the hype.[read more]

Klyde Warren Park Wins Open Space Award

October 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Winning Dallas Park

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas won the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Open Space Award, which recognizes “public spaces that have socially and economically enriched and revitalized their communities.” Completed in 2012, the 5-acre park is a green roof, decking over the sunken Woodall Rogers Freeway.[read more]

Toilet-To-Tap In Texas Towns Becomes A Reality

August 18, 2014 by Mark LeChevallier

Toilet to Tap in Texas

The idea of wastewater to aid in water shortage situations isn’t all that new; treated wastewater is frequently used for industrial and landscaping purposes, and can equate to 2 billion gallons of water saved per year. Over 90% of the treated wastewater in the U.S. isn't recycled, and could be a valued resource.[read more]

Confusing Population Change With Migration

July 28, 2014 by Jim Russell

Populations and Migrations

Population increases, your town is a magnet. Population decreases, “brain drain” is the claim. I could provide daily fresh content in a blog about journalists, policy analysts, and academics confusing population change with net migration. Today’s demerit goes to Texas Monthly.[read more]

LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

June 29, 2014 by The Global Grid

LEED Ratings and Neighborhoods

Can urbanism separate itself from the imperative of climate change? In North Texas, walkable areas become oases of activity in the expanse of suburban development. Areas such as The Shops at Legacy in Plano are examples of popular high-density mixed use development.[read more]

Sprawl Hits the Wall: Is Texas The Next California?

December 13, 2013 by This Big City

Texas and Sprawl

The Yellow Rose of Texas is in full bloom. That’s the message of Time Magazine’s cover story from a few weeks back, by libertarian economist Tyler Cowen. The gist of the argument is this: Texas is the future because its cities are the fastest growing in the country.[read more]

Population Growth: Texas Is Dying

November 14, 2013 by Jim Russell

Texas and Population

Forty counties in Texas have higher unemployment rates than the US, and 15 of those counties have unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher. Texas also gets mixed marks on wealth creation. The dirty little Texas secret is that most of the state is the child left behind.[read more]


Can Cities Be Protected from Storm Surges Like That in the Philippines?

November 11, 2013 by David Thorpe

Tacloban city destroyed: is your city safe?

Is it possible to protect cities from the kind of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, central Philippines? There, storm surges reached up to the second floor of buildings. One year after Hurricane Sandy New Yorkers are asking themselves the same question and so are inhabitants of many cities around the world.[read more]

Texas and Low Civic Participation [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 8, 2013 by This Big City

the lonely star state?

This new infographic takes a look at civic live in the USA, comparing Texas to the national average. The results aren’t good. How might civic life in Texas influence the sustainability of its cities?[read more]

America's Most Diverse Neighborhoods

March 1, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Seven of the ten most diverse neighborhoods in America are suburban. None of them are in the evolving, creative-class city and inner suburban districts that many of us normally think of as undergoing change.[read more]

5 Surprising Facts about Wind Energy in Texas

February 24, 2013 by The Global Grid

As the environmental harm caused by the use of coal as the main source of electricity production becomes more and more evident, Texans turn to wind energy as a more sustainable resource for meeting their energy needs.[read more]

Is your state a Talent Migration Loser?

January 25, 2012 by Jim Russell

If people vote with their feet, then Texas is a loser ... in the world of higher education. A journalist for the Washington Post crunched the numbers of the high school graduate college migration. The worst "brain drain" is in New Jersey. Texas is a distant second.There are a bunch of tasty data morsels in this blog post. There's a link...[read more]