Monday, October 18, 2021

Clean energy entrepreneurship in Houston, densification, welcoming refugees, Dallas TOD failure, ADUs, population gains, rankings, and more

Continuing to clear out some backlogged smaller items. A lot of these I tweeted while I was out of town for much of the summer, but just now getting a chance to bring them to the blog:

"If folks looking in still don't see Houston and Texas as the next technology mecca, they soon will."

“Every day I meet another oil and gas guy who is now a climate entrepreneur. I think there is going to be an explosion of clean energy activity out of the O&G sector, and we’ll be stunned in the next 5-7 years by how many of these problems they handle.”

"The disruptive innovation investor said individuals and companies flocking to more affordable areas of the country should keep inflation at bay."

"Austin isn’t the densest metropolitan area in Texas. That honor belongs to the nine-county Houston region, which increased from 1,560 residents per square mile in 2010 to 1,858 in 2020, an increase of about 19%."

"H-Town exudes Southern hospitality: The pace of life is more relaxed than many major cities, and they're welcoming, polite, and eager to share the delights of their city with visitors...make Houstonians less cliquey and more hospitable towards newcomers."

"In short, TOD is simply a scam. Like Portland’s light-rail mafia, which guided subsidies to favored developers who would build TODs, Dallas light rail and TODs are merely a way of transferring money from taxpayers to developers."

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At 7:14 AM, October 21, 2021, Blogger George Rogers said...

Archive link for the Business Insider Article

At 12:43 PM, October 27, 2021, Blogger Mike said...

"Cathie Wood says exodus from high-cost cities will push down inflation". Prices in high-cost cities will certainly go down as result, but prices in destination low-cost cities might go...up?

At 1:03 PM, October 27, 2021, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Possible, but I think it's less about the real cost-of-living in those cities changing and more about employers able to pay talent less because they live remotely in more affordable areas. That relieves cost pressures on employers so they can hold the line on prices.

At 1:41 PM, October 27, 2021, Blogger Mike said...

Fair point. I guess there is a pie to be split among employees in destination cities, their employers and those employers customers.

At 12:32 PM, December 02, 2021, Blogger Mike said...

Slightly off topic, but I see Bill Fulton is stepping down from the Kinder Institute. Do you think this signals a change in direction for the Kinder Institute? It seems like the new director's background is primarily educational equity as opposed to urban economics per se.

At 12:42 PM, December 02, 2021, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

I saw that! Big news. Honestly, your guess is as good as mine. I'm guessing Bill is ready to move on to new things (thus the 7 months notice to find a new gig). I doubt it will be a significant change in direction for Kinder. Their mission and work are pretty clearly defined. It would be great to see more emphasis on education, which may be Houston's biggest weakness. Although if it leads to craziness like NYC or CA, it could be a disaster.


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