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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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by Aaron M. Renn Texas cities are places many urbanists love to hate. I worked in Houston several years ago and it wasn’t my personal cup of tea. I much prefer living in a higher density, traditional urban pattern...
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by Utah League of Cities and Towns Dense is not necessarily desirable when it comes to planning a city. That’s the opinion of a man who is internationally recognized as an authority on economic, political and social trends...
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In The Texas Way of Urbanism, COU investigates the economic and demographic growth of the 'Texas Triangle', formed by Dallas-Fort Worth at its northern point; Houston at its southeastern edge on the Gulf Coast; and Austin-San Antonio at its western tip in Central Texas.
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By Dan Benson... In our recent election, about half the country voted one way and the other half voted the other. But "localism" may be an issue where voters of all stripes can find common ground.
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In this report, The COU Standard of Living Index, Wendell Cox provides cost of living estimates for new entrants to metropolitan markets, including prospective home buyers as well as renters.
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By Rick Harrison — Heavily subsidized renewables haven't aged well or performed well, but they've taken a bite out of tax payers' pockets. Harrison explores an approach to sustainable energy that is actually economically sustainable...
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By Wendell Cox — Rents have risen faster than incomes, but nothing compared to the increase in house prices. Clearly, house prices are too damn high. The huge increase in house prices between 1969 and 2015 is an anomaly that has become extreme.
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By Wendell Cox — Urban containment efforts, in the form of excessive land use regulation to stop development on the urban periphery a key to shortage of affordable housing.
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Localism - the Ignored Issue In an election cycle full of…
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In this report, COU addresses the question of how to meet society’s primary challenges. Is it most effective to try and solve our myriad problems from a central federal, state or regional authority, or from a more local one?
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