Houston featured nationally, gondola transit, rankings, and moreBefore I get to some smaller misc items, I wanted to mention Joel Kotkin's new book, "The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050". Houston features prominently in it, and he actually launched the book at an event here. NPR has a review here (scroll down), with an audio interview here (also scroll down; hat tip to Peter). Have a read and let me know what you think.
Moving on to the smaller misc items:
- Another reason why it's a good thing Houston never got the Olympics.
- A Miami Herald feature on the arts in Houston. Hat tip to Jessie.
- A compelling case for gondolas/cable-cars as transit solutions. Could this work in Houston, especially in areas with severe right-of-way limitations?
- A new link that I've added to the blogroll: a list of all the recent features on Houston in the national press.
- Continuing the entrepreneurship theme from last month, here's a great article on how Brigham Young aggressively uses tech transfer to create startups, something Rice, UH, TAMU, BCM, and other local universities could learn a lot from.
- The people of Orange County, CA are moving to Texas, plus home affordability stats. Hat tip to Hugh.
- The NY Times thinks something very interesting is going on in Houston's restaurant scene, and the Chronicle's Alison Cook strongly agrees.
- Interesting thread over at HAIF on items that might make Houston 'better'. I don't necessarily agree with all of the suggestions, but it's still interesting reading.
- Ft. Bend County (i.e. around Sugar Land) is Forbes' best place to get ahead, Texas has the largest 10-year growth in private sector jobs among all states, and also leads the country in high-growth cities according to Business Week. Hat tip(s) to Jessie.