Opportunity Urbanism released, Houston outbuilds CA, America loves us, top GDP growth, and more
So as I mentioned in the last post, last week Joel Kotkin came to Houston for the release of our Opportunity Urbanism study at a major luncheon. The tweetstream for the event is here
, and the report itself can be found here
from this page
at the GHP under the Independent Research section. Joel also published the introduction to the report at his New Geography site
. Our op-ed in the Chronicle should be coming out next Sunday, and I will post more about it then. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite tweets from the #oppurbanism tweetstream
- Houston is the alternative to the "luxury city" - focused on upward mobility for middle and working class
- In an Opportunity City, the objective is how do you make life better for more people
- Opportunity Urbanism = high growth in jobs/incomes, growing appeal to immigrants/millennials, city for middle class
- You have suburban and urban center growth at the same time in Houston
- Much higher percentage of home ownership among minorities in Houston than in many other cities
- Kotkin: "People go to Houston because they like the community, can make a good living and everyday life is better"
- Houston has fairly strong growth in millennials. #1 in growth in adults with bachelors or higher (2007-2012)
- When you factor income relative to cost of living, Houston is the best bargain you can get
The backlog of smaller misc items has also been growing incredibly quickly lately:
LETTER FROM HOUSTON
Planning the Boom
As Houston enjoys staggering growth, can a city known for its lack of zoning and car-centric ways embrace a more pedestrian-friendly urbanism?
There are plenty more where those came from, but that's enough for this week.
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