Rankings, livability, density, economy, clean energy, and more
Clearing out some more small items:
- New Geography takes issue with the Economist's "most livable" city rankings, which are so unaffordable they are really only "most livable" for wealthy elite executives. Houston even gets a mention. Hat tip to Hugh and Wendell.
- In case you missed it in the Chronicle, Texas cities scored 5 of the top 6 metros least affected by the recession according to a Brookings study, with Houston pulling in at #4.
- Texas is also expected to be one of the first states to recover from the recession, as is Houston specifically. Hat tip to Jessie.
- Joel Kotkin profiles the secrets of Austin's success. A big part of it: a livable, affordable, educated blue city in a red state with pro-business regulations and low taxes.
- Texas takes top rankings in Pew clean energy study. Hat tip to Jessie.
- I throw a lot of data around about Houston's economy, but if you want to viscerally feel how well we're doing relative to other parts of the country, watch this scary video about 'Lost Vegas' and read this NYT story on Oregon, which is rivaling Michigan for unemployment but still attracting waves of crazy Californians.
- Speaking of Oregon, new data shows that Houston has significantly densified since 2000, even more than uber-planned Portland. Score one for Houston's relatively unregulated free market in land use.
- The hidden mathematical patterns behind cities. Hat tip to Jack.
That's probably enough for this round.
Labels: affordability, density, economy, energy, land-use regulation, rankings