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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]

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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 Global Site Plans - The 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]

Rebuilding Galveston, Texas As An Affordable, Sustainable Community

December 1, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

   Three years ago, Hurricane Ike wiped out much of Galveston, Texas, including over 500 affordable homes administered by the city’s Housing Authority.  Faced with the task of starting over, the Authority began to rethink how it might improve upon its old public housing model. With the help of McCormack Baron Salazar, a...[read more]

Rick Perry, Texas Migration and Voting With Your Feet

August 17, 2011 by Jim Russell

I reluctantly throw my hat in with all the analysis of Rick Parry's Texas jobs miracle. I take issue with the recycling of the positive migration story. Tyler Cowen (Marginal Revolution) riding the "vote with their feet" meme:I’ve read a lot of blog posts lately painting Texas as a low benefit, low Medicaid, not so great system of public...[read more]

How To Transform Suburban Ghost-Towns Into Something Better

June 14, 2011 by Kaid Benfield

    Jamestown Mall, 16 miles north of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, is an environmental disaster.  Built on farmland in an area rich with environmentally sensitive fields and floodplains, and completely automobile-dependent, it was built in 1973 – the heyday of shopping-mall speculation – as leapfrog sprawl, in...[read more]

Weather as a Migration Prediction Tool

April 24, 2011 by Jim Russell

People should move from states with high unemployment to ones with relatively low unemployment. One major exception to that rule is amenities migration. Why one couple moved from hip Western Washington to struggling Colorado:"We moved here mostly because we hated the weather up there. It rains all the time," said Christina, 21, who will...[read more]

Texas is studying a tax on the number of miles you drive

January 13, 2010 by Chris Bradford

News to me:  Texas will study a tax on miles driven: If you don't like gasoline taxes, here's an alternative: a tax on the number of miles you drive in a year. The Texas Transportation Commission has directed a fresh study of the idea, and it is not alone.  There are pilot projects in other states and nationally to gauge...[read more]