Monday, August 08, 2016

Houston tops global city outlook, GDP, and brand rankings; 100 years of zoning now smothering the economy, and more

Back after some summer vacation time with a lot of smaller items to catch-up on:
"One can never be certain about these things, but it’s quite possible that excessive land-use restrictions are among the major causes of our long national economic malaise."
This is part of why presidents and the federal government are having so much trouble reviving the economy - the regulations causing the problem are outside of their control.
Finally, it's way too big to fit here, but an interesting and amusing infographic you might want to check out:  "If Texas Were a Storage Unit, What Countries Would Fit Inside?"  It will give you a new appreciation for just how big Texas is.

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At 9:48 PM, August 10, 2016, Blogger George McKee said...

The problem with freeways when they go over capacity is twofold: First, when they go over, freeways don't simply saturate, they get worse. It wouldn't be so bad if the West Loop at rush hour was still going 60mph, it's the bumper-to-bumper traffic at 0-10 mph that is so frustrating. Railroads at capacity don't slow down, they are simply more crowded.

Second, planners don't respond until it's too late, and they respond with too little. The expansion plans for downtown are not going to happen for ten years at best, and for all that effort they are only going to add a few lanes, not double capacity the way they need to. The 610-59 interchange is a perfect example - the concrete is barely dry since its last expansion and it's already in need of another rebuild. They need to be building the express lanes for the West Loop now, not just beginning to think about them.

When rail (or grade-separated buses in HOV lanes) reaches "capacity" they simply need to buy more units and cut the inter-train interval from 12 minutes to 6 or even four minutes, and capacity is tripled. Try doing that with a congested freeway.

At 10:11 AM, August 12, 2016, Anonymous Adam said...

Thought you'd like this one.

At 1:38 PM, August 12, 2016, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

So sad out there. And makes me angry how callous and hostile they are to new housing supply.


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