Monday, July 07, 2014

1H14 Highlights

First, an announcement: if you'd like to learn more about or contribute to the new Houston "No Limits" branding campaign, they're holding public events this week - details here.  I spent some time with the agency running the campaign last week, and they're very open to feedback and ideas...

Moving on: it's time for the Winter and Spring 1H14 quarterly highlights post.  I skipped the 1Q highlights post this year after doing the best posts of the first 1,000 in February.

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; and, last but not least, they've also been invaluable for me to track down some of my best thinking for meetings or when requested by others (as is the ever-helpful Google search). They're not quite as useful as they were when I was still doing multiple posts each week, but still have some value (at least for me).

Don't forget we offer an email option for the roughly once/week posts - see the Google Groups subscription signup box in the right sidebar. An RSS feed link is also available in the right sidebar.

As always, thanks for your readership.
And don't forget the highlights from the first few 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) and most definitely in the 5th birthday retrospective and the best of the first 1,000.



At 11:54 AM, July 08, 2014, Blogger Kyle said...

Easily my favorite blog, thanks, Tory!

At 12:06 PM, July 08, 2014, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

That's awesome, Kyle. Thanks for the kind words :-)

At 5:50 PM, July 09, 2014, Anonymous Ralfff said...

Took the liberty of writing your MIT paper contribution for you.

"Houston is great and its lack of planning is ingenious. Don't try to copy that because Houston is unique in its success. Name one other city as beloved by the average Americans who write listicles for Forbes. Case closed.

Density is good. However, it's important to keep choices available, like the choice to have two off-street parking spots per house, or more than that if once chooses. I love Houston. It's a hideous hellscape and I hate the weather, but as long as you're inside it's great. Yankees like you wouldn't understand, because it gets hot here, whereas there are no 90+ degree days in New York, Chicago, or DC with lots of humidity, and New Orleans doesn't exist.

Gigantic empty parking lots are a sign of success and best left unmentioned in all discussions of Houston. It's simply the free market at work.

In conclusion, driverless cars."


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