Summer 3Q07 HighlightsTime for the quarterly highlights post. 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. I also like to track what I think of as "reference posts" that sum up a particular topic or argument.
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- What really preserves a neighborhood's character?
- Houston's SXSW = a global Energy Technology Conference (ETC) (original post, followup/more)
- Private toll roads: take the money (and concrete) and run?
- Reason on Why Mobility Matters to Personal Life (part 1, part 2)
- The many meanings Houston as an "Open City of Opportunity"
- Joel Kotkin on Houston's unique 21st century development pattern
- Getting congestion pricing right on Westpark and elsewhere
- Opportunity Urbanism, 4 drivers op-ed, and response to critics
- How mixed-use development is done better in Houston than other cities
- Eurocity (urban) corridors
- Cheap fixes for traffic congestion
- Is urban form the root of politics?
- Economics of transit vs. cars
- Mayor expands historic preservation, air pollution initiatives (April Fools)
- Houston vs. Dallas, Portland - Who builds more density?
- Architects vs. Economists (the planning vs. free market spectrum)
- Bruegmann on developers' attitudes towards land-use regulations
- Prospects for Texas commuter and inter-city rail
- Seven reasons why government planning fails
- Wrapping up Superstar Cities week: solutions
- The Wrong Way to Reform Property Taxes (arguments vs. appraisal caps)
- Planning: Panacea, Poison Pill, or just Purgatory?