Thursday, July 23, 2009

Speaking at open lunch event this Friday

And here are the details:

Opportunity Urbanism

The HPRA speaker this Friday is Houston blogger Tory Gattis, who will discuss his work with urban scholar Joel Kotkin and his optimistic views about Houston as a city that allows rapid social mobility for citizens "as an alternative to the popular smart growth, new urbanism, and creative class movements."

More on Opportunity Urbanism here. Full-color bound copies of the report will be given to attendees.

Houston Property Rights Association

PUBLIC INVITED: $16 Courtyard Restaurant, 1885 St. James Place, no RSVP needed

(Directions: The Courtyard is south of San Felipe, west of Yorktown, and east of Chimney Rock.)

Friday July 24, 2009

Buffet lunch — assemble from 12 to 12:30 — Presentation 12:30 to 1:30 or maybe later

Hope to see you there!



At 9:46 AM, July 23, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this is just really naive of me, but do things like this really make a difference? If public officials are not involved or hearing this, how can it actually influence change?

I am sure they do help, but I would like to know the difference it makes it real life.

Do they change perceptions and therefore influence their vote for mayor, for instance?

Maybe I do not understand the signifiance b/c I am not a mover and shaker and don't have the power to influence. I only like the discussion and topic.

At 4:17 PM, July 23, 2009, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Some make more difference than others. It can influence "the conversation". Policy wonks tend to be informed, and then they advise their candidates. Media read it and consider the arguments when they write pieces. The movers and shakers that write the big campaign checks tend to care about these issues and get informed, then query the candidates before they write the checks. It's all at the margins, but I think it makes a difference.

At 2:37 PM, July 24, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How'd it go?

At 2:54 PM, July 24, 2009, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

It went well. I enjoyed it. Friendly audience with good Q&A. Thanks.

At 3:42 AM, August 17, 2009, Anonymous comment from germany said...

Although it might seem hard to understand that such people are able to make a difference, i still think that it is very important to stand up and at least try to influence political decisions. i do agree that everyone should get involved because in the end it will somehow get to those people it was ment to get to.


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