2006 HighlightsTime not only for the Fall 4Q06 Highlights, but to sum up all the highlights of 2006. These posts have been chosen with a particular focus on significant ideas I'd like to see kept alive for discussion and action, and they're mainly targeted at new readers who want to get caught up with a quick overview of the Houston Strategies landscape (now almost two years old).
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From Fall 4Q06:
- Planning: Panacea, Poison Pill, or just Purgatory?
- Metro narrows down the University Line options
- Upgrading Galveston tourism with commuter rail
- Are "lifestyle centers" real TOD?
- Summary links on property tax reform and the problems of appraisal caps
- Improving new urbanism in Midtown with a tunnel
- Research questions the value of commuter rail (part 1, part 2, part 3)
- Advice to Metro on HOV tolling
- An innovation tailor-made for Houston: flexible sidewalks
- The Economist on handling population growth, Houston-style (300m)
- Otis White: How property tax limits are like rent control
- More Houston branding: Greenest City in the Southwest
- Demolition for another Houston treasure? (Save the Downtown Elevated!)
- Kotkin on cities as engines of upward social mobility
- Leveraging small dollars for big improvements in public education
- Preservation vs. dynamic renewal
- New petition to save the Alabama Theater Bookstop
- Reason on Why Mobility Matters
- Challenges to Urbanism in Houston, parts 1, 2, and 3 (urban corridor planning)
- Lemons to Lemonade: Salvaging the Metro Universities line
- Houston's identity: Global Village, American Dream, Texas Spirit (lead-up posts: strategy and previous branding attempts, why brand a city?)
- A Tropical Texas image strategy
- Density, Vibrancy, and Opportunity Zones
- Opportunity Cities vs. Pleasantvilles
- Applying Jane Jacobs' 4 tenets of vibrant neighborhoods to car-based cities (mobility/draw-zones for vibrancy)
- Opportunity dollars for upward social mobility (bottom half of the post)
- Houston makes the cover story of Governing magazine, exposing questionable TIRZ practices
- Is money in politics always bad?
- Public-private partnerships for parks
- Growing cities, sun, sprawl, cars, commutes, skills, youth, the zoning tax and housing costs
- Another option for Houston's branding identity (Engineering City)
- Houston's potential for mixed-use pedestrian districts
- Mayor White on what makes Houston special
- Winning acceptance for Richmond rail
- Managed competition for Houston city services?
- New Urbanism and the value of mobility
- Partial-day telecommuting to relieve rush hour congestion
- The return on mobility investments
- Houston lessons from the updated "Dallas at the Tipping Point"
- High-density smart growth = population implosion?
- GHP strategic plan and marketing Houston (Open City)
- City identity and attracting educated youth
- Are income disparities in Texas a bad thing?