Sunday, January 05, 2020

Three perfect days in HTX, growth forecasts, increasing our density, reducing homelessness, protesting property taxes, and more

Happy New Year/Decade everyone! Hope you enjoyed your holidays as much as I did (OC/LA w/ family). Lots of backlogged smaller items, but before we get to them, a short word about our sponsor: if one of your new year's resolutions is to save big money on electricity this year, My Best Plan is incredible at absolutely optimizing the lowest-cost electricity plan for you.  I've known David over there for years (fellow Rice MBA), and his optimization algorithm is the best, bar none. And completely unbiased too, which can't be said for some of the other optimizers out there that have been uncovered as fronts for electricity marketing companies.  Send him (or me) your latest electricity bill to get an estimate of your potential savings - it's free, and you have nothing to lose while potentially saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars (as he's saved me over the years).

On to this week's items:
Finally, I'd like to end with this United's Hemispheres magazine video on 3 perfect days Houston. Hat tip to George.

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At 4:18 AM, January 07, 2020, Anonymous Rich Robins said...

Regarding this interesting article that you shared on homelessness:

The following excerpt is particularly illuminating about how lacking and misguided Houston's fomenting dependence-laden approach seems to be, relative to San Antonio's:


Housing First runs contrary to the approach favored by (White House Czar on Homelessness) Marbut, the consultant who was named director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness last week. Marbut has pushed for shelters that set up barriers to treatment, namely sobriety. For example, at Haven for Hope, a shelter founded by Marbut in San Antonio, homeless people with substance-abuse problems must sleep outside in an exposed courtyard until they can pass a drug test.

In Houston, Temenos manages so-called wet housing: The group works with city and county officials and sobering centers to identify people struggling with long-term alcoholism and addiction who are facing chronic homelessness and give them permanent support, including three meals per day and a lease.

There are help-wanted ads everywhere. If these drunks & stoners won't sober up, why should we taxpayers have to subsidize such intentionally nonworking folks more than we have to?


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