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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...
West Orange, Texas - WEST ORANGE, Texas – U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Austin Rusk a reconnaissance Marine team leader with Charlie Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, wades through waist deep flood water in order to get to a second story door to complete an emergency rescue call in West Orange, Texas, Sept. 1, 2017. Marine Corps Reserve forces are supporting FEMA and state and local officials, focused on life-saving efforts and resupply missions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Samantha Schwoch/Released)

Hurricanes Don't Kill — People Do

by Joel Kotkin — Cities that believe in themselves are hard to kill. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey many pundits have urged Houston to abandon many of the traits that have made it a dynamic...
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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...
Houston Infrastructure Damage After HurricaneHarvey

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.

Hurricane Harvey: A View From a Rugged Communitarian

Narratives are not necessarily built on facts; they’re built on stories, pictures, graphics, and videos. Ideally, we want our narratives to be aligned with the facts; but that doesn’t always happen.
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Texas Thou Hast Sinned

from The Wall Street Journal — In the telling of progressives, Houston is the Sodom and Gomorrah of fossil fuels, which cause global warming, which is producing more hurricanes.

Elusive Population Growth in the City of Los Angeles

by Wendell Cox — For the better part of two decades, Los Angeles County has led the nation in domestic migration losses – the number of people moving out compared to those moving in.
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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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The Great Train Robbery: Urban Transportation in the 21st Century

Co-authors Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox investigate the evolution of transit, identifying where and how various types of public transit work well, and how we can maximize the benefits of transit funding.
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Transit's Precipitous Decline

by Randal O'Toole Transit ridership in Q1 of 2017 was down 3.1% from Q1 in 2016, according the American Public Transportation Association’s latest ridership report. The association released the report without a press release...