HSR, carbon impact, tech jobs, low stress, NPR, and more
Tonight I just want to pass along a few smaller items of interest:
- Christof has a couple of interesting new posts on his Intermodality blog, including ten transportation opportunities of the next mayor and third-generation commuter rail.
- The Wall Street Journal has a special section story today about the potential negative economic effects of carbon cap-and-trade on Texas.
- America 2050 has a new report out recommending priority high-speed rail corridors (overview blog post). I find it strange that Houston-Dallas is the 10th highest ranked city-pair, ahead of all Chicago pairs, yet it still recommends HSR for Chicago before Texas. While I'm a pretty strong HSR skeptic, I appreciate their point that the two highest priority corridors are Boston-DC and the California coast, and if any HSR is going to happen, that's where the focus should be instead of sprinkling the money around the country in places that make far less sense. Of course, I also believe those places should pay for it themselves, rather than with federal money. Also check out the per-capita GDP rankings on pg.4, where Houston places a very strong 4th behind SF, DC, and Boston - and well ahead of NYC and Dallas. Hat tip to Victor.
- Houston is a top 10 city for tech jobs, according to U.S. News World and Report. Note the lack of Austin or Dallas on the list, which surprised me.
- An article on how Houston real estate is so much healthier than Phoenix. Hat tip to Jessie.
- Houston is low stress compared to other major cities according to Forbes, ranking 32nd out of 40. Other Texas cities were even lower stress, with Austin the lowest. And the three larger cities than Houston ranked at the top: Chicago, LA, and NYC.
- NPR on the international popularity of HCC. Hat tip to Christopher.
"Take Houston Community College. Thanks in part to an aggressive outreach campaign, the school has the highest percentage of international students of any community college in the U.S."
- Finally, if you haven't heard already, NPR was doing a series of stories on Houston last week (hat tip to Mark). This is the lead story, which contains links to the others. Two stories will particularly appeal to readers of this blog: this one on our approach to growth (including great comments by Rice prof Stephen Klineberg and Harvard professor Edward Glaeser), and this interview with Mayor White, which include discussion of energy efficiency, Ashby, light rail, and TOD.
I already mentioned that last item at the end of a post last week, but thought I'd mention it again since it was sort of buried at the bottom there.
Labels: commuter rail, economy, high-speed rail, rail, rankings, tech, transportation plan