Saturday, July 24, 2021

MaX lanes network moves forward, 45N turmoil, Houston Story movie, immigrant magnet, downtown woes, zoning tax, and more

Apologies for the long delay between posts while on extended travels with the family. The featured item this week is TXDoT's new video promoting a managed lane network for Houston similar to what Oscar and I proposed in 2017. Can't say I'm a fan of the Regional Express Access Lanes (REAL) branding vs. Managed Express (MaX) Lanes Network, but great to see TXDoT pushing the concept forward! It would enable a high-speed nonstop ride from every part of the region to every major job center and be a major asset for the city.

Speaking of TXDoT, if you'd like to support the I45N rebuild project and prevent it from losing funding, fill out the survey here and sign the petition here.

Moving on to several items to catch up on:
"California may be a great state in many ways, but it also is clearly breaking bad. Since 2000, 2.6 million net domestic migrants, a population larger than the cities of San Francisco, San Diego, and Anaheim combined, have moved from California to other parts of the United States."
Finally, ending on a little humor, hat tip to Barry for finding this little gem: The Houston Story movie from the 1950s. How have I never heard of it before?!  Trailer, background, and even the full movie if you're so inclined. Wow.

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At 2:05 PM, July 26, 2021, Blogger VeracityID said...

Know any reason why they didn't include Houston in the NBER paper? Bill

At 8:38 PM, July 26, 2021, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

I'd assume our lack of zoning throws off their model? We're also not part of the major national housing index. Texas cities are problematic because we're a non-disclosure state on home sale prices, so it's a data issue. But they couldn't leave the state out entirely, so they do some data workaround with Dallas (private data I think).

At 8:25 AM, July 28, 2021, Blogger George Rogers said...

Woke joke CNBC ranks Arizona and Texas worst places to live!


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