City of the Year, top rankings, CA vs TX, $gas$ vs transit, city slogan?, and more
Before we get to this week's misc small items, just a quick note that I'm going to be traveling on business and may miss the next couple of weeks' posts, probably to return the 24th.
- Fast Company has named Houston their 2011 City of the Year! Quite a large honor. After being a subscriber for many years, it's good to finally see us get our due. Houston Business Journal coverage here, and the cover image here.
- Woo-hoo! Rent.com has rated Houston the #1 city for bachelors. "Rent.com says the cities to make the list have a high single female-to-male ratio, a vibrant nightlife, a low divorce rate and a low cost of living."
- New Geography on how people respond to increased energy prices, but not by using more public transit - and how trying to shift people to increased density and transit usage is generally futile. I believe there can be an exception though in the case of convenient, well-run, express point-to-point commuter transit using HOT lanes, because the time loss can be minimal (or even a gain if traffic is bad enough) and it creates the opportunity for email productivity that driving does not.
- Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires at New Geography also just released their 2011 Best Cities for Jobs, and Houston is #3 on the large cities list behind Austin and, more surprisingly, New Orleans. Texas scores a very impressive four of the top five.
- Houston the #2 metro in the country last month for adding jobs (behind DFW). Hat tip to Nick.
- The Wall Street Journal has a popular op-ed on California jobs moving to Texas:
"You can't build in California, you can't manage in California and you have to pay a big tax," Mr. Puzder told the legislators. "In Texas, it's the opposite—which is why we're building 300 new stores there this year."
One speaker from California shook his head in wonder: "You can have the most liberated lifestyle on the planet, but if you can't afford to put gas in your car or a roof over your head it's somewhat limited."
Finally, blog reader Mark emailed me suggesting this Houston slogan: "Houston: It's Not For Sissies
" Feedback/thoughts appreciated in the comments.
Labels: economy, identity, rankings, transit