Monday, September 28, 2020

Is historic preservation zoning? Houstonians support each other during flooding, HTX relative economic and physical size, and more

 Lots of smaller items this week:


"So the three policies I propose to define the “neoliberal agenda” for the 2020s are YIMBYism (support for more housing), support for more immigration, and support for a carbon tax... A “neoliberal agenda” focused on these things would be a club, not a party: you can be a neoliberal Republican, a neoliberal Labourite, a neoliberal priest, a neoliberal Green, or whatever. There are loads of other issues that I think are incredibly important that don’t fit here, but these three policy priorities would get you a huge amount of the potential economic and social progress we can make with public policy besides those. Not only are these, in my view, the core of what modern neoliberals really do care about, they are some of the most powerful of all possible policies we could enact to improve the lives of people around the world."

"a recent study by epidemiologists from Johns Hopkins University has concluded that, even after “adjusting for social distancing,” “public transit use . . . remained significantly associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.” The study found that “NPIs” (non-pharmaceutical interventions, e.g., masks & social distancing) “while visiting indoor and outdoor venues helps reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission.” However, the two exceptions were public transport and places of worship. “Even NPIs may not be possible or sufficient” to prevent the virus’ spread on public transit, the study concludes."
Video: This is how we Houston after the storm. Love this! We may be susceptible to crazy weather, but we have an incredibly supportive and resilient culture. Hat tip to George.


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9 Comments:

At 8:34 AM, September 30, 2020, Blogger VeracityID said...

I'd be interested in your take on Kotkin's latest, Rhanks, Bill Reeves. https://americanmind.org/essays/americans-wont-live-in-the-pod/

 
At 11:35 AM, September 30, 2020, Blogger George Rogers said...

Still the largest Incorporated City in the US.

 
At 2:50 PM, September 30, 2020, Blogger George Rogers said...

How will the lock downs affect the GDP rankings for next year.

 
At 5:28 PM, September 30, 2020, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Good question. Oil is not doing well, so I expect us to drop. Tech is soaring, so SF will move up. NYC may drop dramatically.

 
At 5:40 PM, September 30, 2020, Blogger George Rogers said...

Los Angeles is cratering and, SF as well as the workforce distributes to the 4 corners of the earth.

 
At 7:42 PM, September 30, 2020, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Bill: I think Kotkin makes a lot of good points, but I do think it makes sense to allow duplexes and maybe even triplexes or quadplexes in SF zones (and ADUs should absolutely be allowed). They don't materially change the nature of the neighborhood. That said, those residents bought into a home with a certain expectation. I think the solution is changing SF zoning to allow some level of multiplexes, but give individual blocks an option to opt-out if a supermajority sign a petition.

 
At 5:22 PM, October 06, 2020, Blogger VeracityID said...

Tory: Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I have a good friend in Minneapolis who is concerned over this issue and when he pointed out their reform I reacted "won't solve the problem without allowing edge growth. I track Kotkin's message: you really can't solve your cost problem just by allowing more density, you have to allow (ideally well planned mega) development at the periphery. And I think private corps are much better at delivering a complete product there than suburban municipalities. A very underrated aspect of the Houston and TX Genius imho. I also think competition from the edge keeps the center honest.I love competition.

 
At 11:30 AM, October 09, 2020, Blogger George Rogers said...

Exactly

 
At 11:37 AM, October 09, 2020, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Very good point and I completely agree. The private master-planned communities around the Houston metro are fantastic at giving people what they want, and the competition is good for the city and metro as a whole.

 

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