Sunday, May 04, 2014

Ashby and the z-word, TX Toyota, happy Texans, big Houston, and more

An assortment of smaller items this week:
"The researchers say Los Angeles has lost 3.1% of its employment base since 1990, more than Cleveland (-0.2%) and Detroit (-2.8%). Job growth over the same period has exceeded 50% in Phoenix, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.
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The study says that flourishing metro areas like Houston and San Antonio with low-educated workforces make up for their skills deficit by being far more hospitable to business. San Antonio and Houston received an overall grade of A+ on the 2013 Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey. Los Angeles County got a D. (Tax code D+; licensing D; regulation D; zoning D; ease of starting a business D+.) L.A.'s hostile business environment harms the poor and middle class far more than the affluent."
Speaking of which, let's hope this zoning talk after the Ashby high-rise ruling dies a quick death.  The new ordinances are already in place to separate high-rises from residential - give them a chance to work (Ashby was grandfathered under older rules).  To paraphrase Nancy Reagan, "Just say NO to zoning!"  It's a bad path to go down, kids.

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2 Comments:

At 12:16 PM, May 06, 2014, Anonymous awp said...

"The new ordinances are already in place to separate high-rises from residential"

What are these?

 
At 2:12 PM, May 06, 2014, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/AboutPD/news_releases11/residential_buffering_reqr_adopted.pdf

and

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/DevelopRegs/hidensity/

 

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