Category Planning

The role of mindset in transportation

People make transportation decisions based on a whole host of factors—convenience, safety, comfort, economics, and much more. But one of the most salient  misassumptions of people involved in transportation-related planning is that citizens make these decisions in a rational, cerebral manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. While some people certainly make transportation based […]

Inventing fake neighborhoods

Inventing neighborhood names for neighborhoods that don’t really exist is a favorite pastime of the real estate industry. Whether it’s to distance a development from an undesirable neighborhood or just create buzz around something that sounds new, it happens all the time. Houston is no different. And with a booming economy and new construction reforming […]

The naysayers were wrong

Whenever anything project of note is discussed, there will be detractors. No matter what’s presented, they will invent reasons for why a project, especially one using public money, will be a failure and should not be pursued. Discovery Green in Houston was no different. Critics said it would be a haven for homeless, crime and […]

Over-representing convention growth

An recent article on KUHF’s site claims that Houston convention business is booming. That’s amusing, considering they’re building the new convention center hotel precisely because they felt like they were missing out on too many conventions. What’s more amusing are the examples they give as proof of this boom—the Rodeo, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), […]

How a $9 piece of land goes for $500

It all comes down to leverage. Like the kind of leverage you get when a corner of your property is essential to a giant government project like a major highway expansion. That’s when your $9 piece of land can go for $500, and could have gone for $2,509 if you had been stubborn enough. Read […]

Millennials choose tech over cars

According to a survey by Zipcar, millennials (which they define as 18-34 years old) would give up their cars before they give up their computers or cell phones. Read more about the survey and its implications on The Atlantic Cities.

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Why you voted for bad roads

Realistically, you probably didn’t wake up one day and say, “I’m going to vote for crumbling roads.” But what most people in the U.S. HAVE done is vote down, or encourage their representatives to vote down, increases in the gas tax. Here’s why it matters. THE LINK BETWEEN ROADS AND TAXES What does the gas […]