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Hurricane Harvey Whitepaper

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and the disastrous flooding, Houston has come under extreme scrutiny. Much of the current debate starts from a firm misunderstanding of the region’s realities.
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Ending Economic Apartheid

by Randal O'Toole — Thanks to its greenbelt and slow-growth policies, Boulder, Colorado is the nation’s most-expensive and least-affordable housing market of any city not in a coastal state.
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Local Empowerment Should Be About Local Matters

I've generally been someone who wants to see local governments…
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How to Deal with an Age of Disasters

by Joel Kotkin — When Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston, followed by a strong hurricane in Florida, much of the media response indicated that the severe weather was a sign of catastrophic climate change...
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Houston Land Use Gets Bad Rap

by Wendell Cox — Yes, the Houston metropolitan area storm was so intense that no plan could have prevented the flooding devastation. Yet, through the years, Houston’s land use regulation has been roundly criticized...
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Spotlight on Infrastructure After Harvey

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — The recent tragic events in Houston and across the Gulf Coast once again demonstrated the woeful inadequacy of our infrastructure. Hopefully, some good will come of Hurricane Harvey.
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A Roadmap to Job-Creating Transportation Infrastructure

In this report on the nation's infrastructure, Wendell Cox explores the best ways to address broad public concern about our flagging transportation infrastructure without increasing both the national debt and federal deficit.
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Preparing for the Infinite Suburb

Hyperloop-One has a Q&A with Alan Berger and Joel Kotkin, co-authors of an upcoming book titled "Infinite Suburbia". This is the third in a series of conversations during Infrastructure Week.
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Bay Area Residents (Rightly) Expect Traffic to Get Worse

by Wendell Cox In a just released poll by the Bay Area Council a majority of respondents indicated an expectation that traffic congestion in the Bay Area (the San Jose-San Francisco combined statistical area) is likely to get worse.
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Urban Leaders Should Plan for the Public Transit of the Future

by John S. Niles Self-driving, automated cars are coming. There will be teething pains in many forms: some people will want highly automated vehicles while others will fear them.
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Transit Ridership Down 2.3% in 2016

by Randal O'Toole With little fanfare, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its fourth quarter 2016 ridership report last week. When ridership goes up, the group usually issues a big press release...