Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Summer 3Q09 Highlights

First, a quick note: I'll be traveling over the next week or so, and probably not blogging.

It's time for the Summer 3Q09 quarterly highlights post. These posts have been chosen with a particular focus on significant ideas I'd like to see kept alive for discussion and action, and they're mainly targeted at new readers who want to get caught up with a quick overview of the Houston Strategies landscape. I also like to track what I think of as "reference posts" that sum up a particular topic or argument.

Don't forget we offer an email option for the roughly twice/week posts - see the Google Groups subscription signup box in the right sidebar. An RSS feed link (Atom) (or RSS 2.0) is also available. As always, thanks for your readership.

And from Spring 2Q09

Winter 1Q09:

And don't forget the highlights from the first four years. For what it's worth, I think the best ideas are found there, often in the first year (I had a lot "stored up" before I started blogging).



At 9:01 PM, October 07, 2009, Blogger Alon Levy said...

Just two nitpicks about the Four Waves of Growth thread:

1. DC grew much later than the other cities in the Northeast. Until the New Deal, it was a small Southern city, and the Northeast proto-megalopolis ended in Baltimore. You should put DC's growth burst together with California - in both cases, the catalyst was public works and general government spending.

2. Large capital cities occur even without welfare states and big governments. South Korea is dominated by Seoul even though for most of its recent history it was run by people from a separate province, Gyeongsang, who steered economic development to their home towns (the largest of which is one sixths as big as Seoul). Japan has a smaller government than the US by spending metrics, though not by regulatory one; Tokyo still dominates it. Ireland, Iceland, and all Eastern European EU members except Poland are dominated by their capitals as well (ironically, Poland has the biggest government among the new members of the EU).

At 1:12 AM, October 13, 2009, Anonymous Keep Houston Houston said...

A blog post that's entirely a meta-agglomeration of other blog posts?

It's almost like a TV show.


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