Montrose LRT, 290 rail vs. bus, #1 income growth, #1 diversity, housing, IT
Time to catch up on the smaller misc items:
- Houston tops the nation for income growth in the last decade. Hat tip to Josh.
- Why is Houston an information technology hotbed?
- Somebody's personal essay on why Portland sucks, specifically mentioning the traffic (from underinvesting in freeways), taxes, and government over-regulation. Normally I try to avoid bashing other cities (and I've actually visited Portland and it's very nice, at least from a tourist perspective), but when cities get too much unvarnished acclaim (Austin, anyone?), I sometimes like to point to alternate perspectives.
- An analysis over at the Unconventional Economist debunks high property taxes as a cause of Texas' housing affordability.
- The same author has another post on "The Texas housing miracle".
- By this ranking, Houston is the most diverse major metro area in the country, even more than LA or NYC (see Simbha's #2 message in the thread). You can see the racial map of metro Houston based on the 2010 Census here.
- Houston Tomorrow makes a great observation: 290 commuter rail would carry fewer riders than the current Metro Park-and-Ride service. It would also cost more, be less frequent, and require a transfer to get downtown. Why do we want this again?
"Metro service today has 5-minute intervals between buses and goes nonstop to downtown. The proposed commuter rail line would have 20-minute intervals and stop at 10 stations, then require a transfer to a bus to get downtown."
Finally we'll end with a little humor: how many things can you find wrong with this picture
? That is some mighty impressive photoshopping, although I can't figure out *why* somebody went to all the trouble?...
Labels: affordability, commuter rail, demographics, economy, home affordability, Metro, mobility strategies, rail, rankings