Houston City Park

Houston, City of Opportunity

By Anne Snyder...Creative friction – unchaperoned and unprescribed – is Houston’s secret sauce. Those lured to the city comment that, "the American Dream is still alive here."
Dowtown Dallas from Reunion Tower

The Dallas Way of Urban Growth

By Klaus Desmet and Cullum Clark... Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) has started the 21st century with a bang. Like the other major metro areas in Texas, the DFW area has grown far faster than most large U.S. cities...
Welcome to Texas road sign

The Texas Urban Model

By Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox... The future of American cities can be summed up in five letters: Texas. The metropolitan areas of the Lone Star state are developing rapidly. These cities are offering residents a broad array of choices...

It Wasn't Rural 'Hicks' Who Elected Trump: The Suburbs Were — And Will Remain — The Real Battleground

By Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox COU investigates the surprising demographics behind Donald Trump’s surprising journey to the Oval Office. Read the story...
Salt Lake City skyline

What kind of city do residents want?

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...
Houston skyline at night

Houston’s changes, challenges, opportunities, and identity

By Tory Gattis Houston's changes during the past 30 years have created some challenges, but also is a driver of opportunities that other cities can learn from.
Houston skyline

Houston's age, ethnic diversity present strong opportunities for growth

By Joe Martin... Houston heralds its diversity and affordability as what makes the city great; at a Houston Business Journal event, urbanism experts discussed its best characteristics and how it can improve.
Downtown Sacramento

The House Prices are Too Damned High

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.
Aerial View of Detroit

A Capital Improvement and Revitalization Idea for Detroit

By Pete Saunders You may have heard that Detroit is in the midst of a modest but enduring revival in and around its downtown. Residents and businesses are returning to the city...As a former Detroiter I'm excited to see the turnaround.
Bicyclists take a break below new buildings in Austin, Texas, on April 3, 2015. About 900,000 people live in Austin and the city expects that number to reach nearly 1.3 million by 2040. Austin and San Antonio are the twin anchors of a region that is experiencing the fastest growth in the United States. (Matthew Busch/Bloomberg)

America's Next Great Metropolis Is Taking Shape In Texas

By Joel Kotkin The region around Texas Highway 35 is called the Hill Country — it also turns out to be a growth corridor that is expanding more rapidly than any in the nation.