Envision Houston, part 1 - Interesting FactsSo I went to Envision Houston at the UH Hilton on Saturday. H-GAC, Blueprint Houston, and others want to capture the the public's opinion of how Houston should grow over the next 30 years. Big turnout - I'd guess around 40 tables of around 6 people per table - so about two to three hundred attendees. A really fun and informative event. There will be smaller duplicate events around Houston over the next couple weeks. If you're interested, sign-up here.
There were some very interesting facts presented at the beginning of the event that you may or may not be aware of:
- The U.S. is expected to grow from around 300 million people today to 400 million by 2050.
- 75% of that growth will occur in a few, large urban areas.
- Interestingly, when you combine that growth with normal tear-down rates of existing buildings, you end up with 70% of all the urban buildings in 2050 being built between now and then - so there is a substantial opportunity to change a city over time.
- The Houston metro is at about 5 million right now, and adding about a million people a decade, with around 8 million by 2035.
- That's 1.4m new households and 1.5m new jobs around Houston by 2035.
- Harris County will move from around 3.4m people in 2000 to 6m by 2035.
- Metro Houston will continue to have a substantially younger and more productive population than the United States as a whole.
In tommorrow's post, I'll talk about the actual planning exercise we did.