Rankings, Ike spirit, Dome, and more
The smaller misc items have been piling up since before the hurricane, and now are so many I'll have to split them over a couple of posts this week. Before getting to them though, I wanted to throw out another plug for my solution to the national housing and financial crisis
, after the bailout defeat in Congress today. Just hoping one of my readers out there has the ability to get it in front of the crisis-response decision makers in the government. On to the list, starting with a little good news to raise your spirits after today's depressing market crash:
- Houston and Texas dominate Fortune's list of the 100 fastest growing companies. Texas has 25, and 15 of those are headquartered in Houston, including 5 of the top 10. Hat tip to HAIF.
- Continuing the good ranking news, Houston has the hottest job market in the country, followed closely by Austin and Dallas. Texas takes the gold, silver, and bronze. Hat tip to Melissa.
- And even more good ranking news: Houston is not in Forbes list of the ten most stressful cities in America. They don't say where we do rank. The top 5 are Chicago, NYC, Detroit, LA, and SF.
- Finally in the rankings: Houston is a top 10 city for Inc. 5000 median income, and the largest city on the list by far.
- Joel Kotkin says some nice things about Houston's spirit after Ike.
- The Astrodome has been ranked by ESPN as the fourth most important sports venue in the country. Let's hope the various political and business players can get their act together and save this great icon. Hat tip to Brian.
- Wendell Cox has a piece over at New Geography on how restrictive 'smart growth' policies drove the housing bubble and collapse that has national - and global - financial markets paralyzed.
- Metro has started express bus service from IAH to downtown. A good, cost-effective service that's been needed for a long time. Bravo.
- The Austin Contrarian has a thoughtful and data-rich analysis of how density impacts transit usage.
- More of the Austin Contrarian on how the thicket of development regulations in most cities creates gridlock, and how that favors big developers over the little guy. The regulations are always portrayed as 'the people' vs. 'the evil developers', but it's really the big developers trying to squeeze out the small business entrepreneurs.
More later this week.
Labels: Astrodome, density, economy, emergency response, energy, hurricanes, land-use regulation, Metro, rankings, smart growth