National press continues its Houston love-fest, the essence of our competitive advantage, and moreAnother round of smaller misc items this week:
- Gotta love it: 17 Reasons Why Houston Is The Best City In America in Business Insider magazine. I'm disappointed that the lack of zoning, a major feature IMHO, is buried under the "international trade" point for some reason.
- The BBC on 10 reasons so many people are moving to Texas. I agree with all of them, although #6 is overblown, and #10 is under-appreciated. Hat tip to Joel.
- Houston Is Unstoppable: Why Texas' Juggernaut Is America's #1 Job Creator in The Atlantic. "Houston is blessed by topography and geography. But the city's recent success is really a masterclass in learning from history." Good explanation of how Houston insulated it from the deep national and global recession and is dominating other cities in terms of job growth since the crash. Hat tip to Veronica.
- How the population of Houston breaks down geographically. Surprisingly, less than 2% of our recent growth has been inside the loop. I found it interesting that the numbers break down so cleanly: about a half-million inside the loop, 1.5 million to the beltway, 2 million outside the beltway but inside Harris County, and then another 2 million outside the county but in the MSA. Of course you have to think of those numbers as odometers that are constantly growing... ;-)
- Houston has been ranked as the #4 best performing big city in the country for 2012, and Richard Florida gives his analysis, including "Houston, which has one of the largest concentrations of IT workers and software engineers in the country, is a case study of how resources and ideas can go together to generate growth." Hat tip to Jessie.
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