Wednesday, April 03, 2019

HTX #1 for economic freedom and now an Alpha global city, Metro gets pragmatic, Houspitality food scene, and more

Before getting to this week's items, I have to mention a great new book just published by my good friend Anne. It frames a 16 question test for strong organizations that I think was at least partially shaped by the time she spent in Houston, and I do think it's something that's also a part of Houston's character and identity. How does your organization stack up on the test? Definitely worth checking out!

The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver's Guide to Supporting Social and Moral Renewal

Hope you enjoyed the April Fools post earlier this week ;-D I got some pretty positive feedback on it. Moving on to this week's items:
"Between 1980 and 2016, L.A. passed three major transit sales tax measures and built 110 miles of rail. Yet ridership on L.A.’s transit system has been slipping for years, while the number of miles traveled in private cars is rising. Other American cities that have passed major transit measures are facing the same conundrum.
Thus, few Angelenos viewed transit as an amenity that directly benefited them. People voted for Measure M as an expression of their political beliefs, and in support of a broader social good—someone else will use this public service and improve congestion, just not me."
"There’s an abundance of pride here in the state’s brief history as a nation, its superior way of life and, yes, its gas stations."
"Nearly three decades later, Houston is not just the hottest food city in Texas — it owns a growing brand as one of America’s great culinary capitals. The city’s nebulous image as a sprawling energy boomtown and space nexus has crystallized into something far more tangible and inviting.
....chef David Chang, who has pronounced Houston “the most exciting food city in America.” 
Chang — the multiple Beard Award-winning founder of Momofuku restaurant group and host of Netflix’s “Ugly Delicous” — says he’s been high on the Houston food scene for about eight years now. The diversity, the culinary talent, even the city’s lack of zoning — all conspire to make a great food destination, he believes. 
“There’s great produce, the abundance of the Gulf of Mexico, a confluence of ethnic groups, and really lax governance,” he said. “You have Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex culture, you have Vietnamese and Indian. You have all that there and you have space — you have so much land.” 
People say Austin is weird, but I think Houston is way weirder than Austin,” Chang said. “Nothing makes sense. And that’s amazing.”

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At 12:11 PM, April 05, 2019, Blogger George Rogers said...

An express BRT running in the I45 express lanes similar to what Intercontinental is getting. Isn't that partially built, Just make the express lanes bidirectional. Monroe Park and Ride

At 6:10 PM, April 09, 2019, Blogger Pseudo3D said...

I'm inclined to not take any of Citylab's "research" seriously as they like to distort whatever they get to fit their agenda, and starting off with "We were supposed to put off our driver’s licenses, choose Lyfts over car loans, and settle in cities rather than suburbs, using mass transit and bike lanes instead of the traditional private car. We were supposed to make greener choices than our gas-guzzling older kin." with a seemingly straight face doesn't help my doubt. I do think that ride-sharing has provided somewhat of a "third alternative" to driving and mass transit, especially as ride-sharing can get people to where they want to go, rather than the fixed routes of mass transit.


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