Houston as a land use model, our skyline and social rankings, LA rail rejects "trust, but verify", Bangkok TOD, and more
Time again for the miscellaneous small items, which I hope will give you plenty of reading material for a while. I'll be traveling over the holidays, so this may be the last post for 2007. Have a Merry Christmas, and I'll see you again in the New Year.
- A University of Maryland professor is advocating voluntary protective covenants - like Houston's deed restrictions - as the solution to planning and zoning regulations run amok. Missouri has already passed such a law.
- Houston is ranked as the 4th best skyline in the U.S., which is particularly impressive because we don't have the usual waterfront profile that make NYC, Chicago, and Miami (#1,2,3) so impressive. Hat tip to HAIF.
- Continuing on rankings, we've been ranked #7 for social events, like festivals and, surprisingly, book-related activities:
"...Los Angeles had the highest number of book-related activities just ahead of Houston..."
Hmmmm. More book-related events in LA and Houston than NYC, capital of the book publishing industry? Gotta question that one. Hat tip to HAIF.
- Check out the new Texas Triangle blog about our fast growing megapolitan, despite what some confused Yankees think. Only two months old, but already a lot of interesting stuff here.
- L.A. has given up on the honor system for light rail tickets, and is moving to gates and turnstiles. Not a good sign for our system, which also runs on the honor system of occasional spot checks. Or maybe it's just the impact of Hollywood and celebrity moral standards on the locals?... ;-)
- How's this for some ultra-intense transit-oriented development? Pretty freaky. Gotta assume those trains are quite infrequent. Hat tip.
And a final announcement: Houston Strategies is proud to now have its feed hosted on the newly redesigned Houston Chronicle Real Estate page
. Check it out
Labels: deed restrictions, land-use regulation, rankings, transit, transit-oriented development, zoning