On-time flights, VC for Houston, and other misc items
A few minor miscellaneous items to roll into one post:
- Bush IAH ranked second in the nation for on-time departures in 2005: 85%. A nice amenity for our city that should be attractive to businesses.
- Bush IAH ranked a very respectable fifth in the nation for on-time arrivals in 2005: 81.5%. Certainly beats the heck out of the bottom-dwelling NY airports, where a third of flights are late.
- Venture capital investments moved up in Houston in 2005 to $163 million, vs. $108m in 2004. Lots of energy and life sciences deals. Unfortunately, we're still well behind Austin and Dallas, which are both over $400m for the year, but we're definitely in the "up-and-coming" category.
- An ego link. Tom Kirkendall has nice things to say about me and not-so-nice things to say about the Las Vegas monorail, which seems to be hemorrhaging money. My thoughts are in his comments.
- A pretty comprehensive study disputes the sprawl-obesity link. (thanks to Len Gilroy at Reason for the tip)
- AP and Drudge have picked up on the story of Chief Hurtt proposing security cameras for Houston.