Houston vs. architects & Dallas traffic, DC loves our food, WSJ hates our pensions, and more
This week's items:
- I think this is a pretty good analysis from Kinder on why Houston has (marginally) more traffic congestion than Dallas. I especially agree with the last part about Houston keeping more activity in the core vs. more widely spread-out in Dallas. Yes, we are both multi-centric cities, but if you look at the job and activity concentration we have in the Downtown-TMC-Uptown triangle, Dallas doesn't compare - and I think that's a good thing. I like our balance of a vibrant core with multiple centers better than the more pure dispersion of DFW, even if it does create a little extra traffic congestion.
- The Wall Street Journal on Houston's pension funding mess. "the city is headed toward Chicago-level distress" I believe it is the #1 issue to keep in mind during this mayoral runoff...
- Houston IAH is the #5 most connected hub in the world, according to new rankings from OAG. The top 4 are Atlanta, Chicago, DFW, and Charlotte. "The Top 50 Megahubs are those airports with the highest ratio of possible scheduled connections to the number of destinations served by the airport."
- New Geography on how society is evolving in ways that make public transport less and less effective.
- Houston, the 'stroboscopic' city. News flash: architects aren't fans of our less-than-tidy-nor-avant-garde design aesthetic. Talk about a narrow perspective. They’re completely judging the city on architectural aesthetics – not even a nod to the economics of the free market making lives easier for millions. I blogged about this long ago: architects often think about cities as just one big beautiful architecture project enforced through planning and regulation – they couldn’t care less about the functional aspect of millions of people living and working together or keeping cities affordable for the poor and middle class.
- HOT lanes in the United States - The end of traffic and the future of transport. Great graph showing the rapid growth of HOT lanes, which provide congestion-free lanes for buses, carpools, and others now, and will do the same for automated vehicles later.
- Houston ranked #1 on The Best Cities for Registered Nurses. And not just #1 overall, but #1 in every category!
"Ranking first in every category, Houston is hands-down the best metro area for registered nurses. At 14.6 percent, the Houston metro made up the largest share of nursing jobs among the top ten. Combined with the highest average salary and the most affordable housing options, RNs can enjoy a high standard of living in Bayou City."
- The Washington Post is reviewing the top ten food cities in America, with this month's focus on Houston - and they were very impressed! Love these quotes!
“Everything you know about Texas is wrong”
"Houston, you have a problem. Your food scene deserves more love."
Finally, earlier this month I presented at the American Dream conference in Austin. You can skim the presentations here
and, if you're interested, my own Opportunity Urbanism slides are here
Labels: affordability, autonomous vehicles, aviation, governance, home affordability, mobility strategies, opportunity urbanism, rankings, toll roads, transit