Houston rankings, profiles, defense, music, affordability, IAH, and more
Time again for some of the smaller misc items that have stacked up:
- Ted Balaker has a new Reason TV piece on how red tape and taxes are strangling California. Texas is talked about as a better model about 5:30 in, with numerous shots of Houston.
- In case you missed it, check out Jennifer-Joy Bronk's recent op-ed in the Chronicle on using micro-loans to stimulate entrepreneurship, economic development and wealth in our own city of Houston. A great idea well worth supporting.
- From HAIF: a defense of Houston cleverly titled "Why Houston sucks"
- Ben Mutzenbaugh blogs for USA Today on the airline industry, and he put together a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of IAH during a recent visit.
- A David Brooks quote/stat relevant to the urban/suburban density debate:
"In 1964, there were 15,000 foundations in the U.S. By 2001, there were 61,000. In 2007, total private giving passed $300 billion. Participation in organizations like City Year, Teach for America, and College Summit surges every year. Suburbanization helps. For every 10 percent reduction in population density, the odds that people will join a local club rise by 15 percent. The culture of service is now entrenched and widespread."
It sounds like overexposure makes one a little more hostile towards your fellow man, like the famous NYC stereotype. I'm still a believer in offering all levels of density to let people live how they want to live, but it's still interesting to understand the pros and cons of each.
"Houston and Phoenix ranked seventh and eighth, with cost indexes of 97.9 and 98.1, respectively. Houston also benefited from very low natural gas costs and low office leasing costs..."
- A Financial Times special report profile: Houston: where energy is king
- The Dallas Morning News on how cool the Houston music scene is. This is cool but surprising, considering the Houston Press did a cover story a couple years ago about how dead the indie music scene was in Houston (and how bands routinely skip us for Austin and Dallas).
A hearty hat tip to Jessie for the last four items. Thanks.
Labels: affordability, aviation, economic strategy, entrepreneurship, environment, home affordability, identity, quality of place, rankings