Htown Bingo, beaucoup Hou kudos, not living downtown, fixing the airport shuttle, and more
And the smaller misc items just keep piling up...
- Why does downtown Houston struggle to add residents? It's really pretty simple: who wants to pay high-rise living prices but have their view blocked by another building across the street? There are plenty of buildings at the same - or lower - price point in the downtown-uptown-TMC triangle with unobstructed views.
- Houston paychecks go far. Best big city behind DC. Of course the federal government doesn't have any competition, so they can pay whatever they want. NYC is one of the worst.
- Speaking of NYC, lots of New Yorkers want to leave, and Houston was the most cited destination! Wow. We've come a long way, baby. Hat tip to Anthony.
- The Deal magazine has two features on the dealmaking environment in Houston, which is especially strong in energy, healthcare, medicine, and even around the port: Power Play and Energy Nexus. Thanks to the anonymous commentor who sent me the links.
- A pretty cool interactive racial map of Houston comparing the 2000 and 2010 Censuses. Hat tip to Jessie.
A few random items from the Houston Digital Ambassador newsletter:
And, finally, our anchor item...
With SeeClickFix, Houstonians can aid local police by reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. SeeClickFix is an online tool that lets residents report non-emergency problems, like potholes or illegal dumping. The reports can be made in seconds, so residents have real-time interaction with police and other city departments. Such collaboration is already working in cities like D.C., Tucson and New Haven.
To help get this powerful tool on its feet in our city, Htown Bingo is putting a competitive twist on SeeClickFix! Each bingo square is an issue to report or improvement to suggest. Not only will the most active citizens win a prize, they'll see their neighborhood transformed. Visit www.HtownBingo.com to learn more about SeeClickFix and start playing Houston's community-building game.
And for all you players out there, here's the newest piece:
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