Trinity Railway Express train painted with Texas flag at station in Dallas, Texas.

Revitalizing Texas: Sustainable Rail Solutions

An argument for why investing in trains is the key to sustainable growth and economic success in the Lone Star State.

November 8, 2023 - Mustafa Haque

Rent Jubilee

A Housing and Eviction Crisis Still Hangs Over the U.S., Just Like the Pandemic

Checking in with the numerous risks in the housing market as the economic fallout of the pandemic as approaches it approaches its second year.

January 13, 2021 - James Brasuell


Infrastructure vs. Housing

Do shortages of infrastructure justify restrictive zoning?

September 22, 2019 - Michael Lewyn

San Antonio

In San Antonio, Planning Ahead for Affordable Housing

The city anticipates significant population growth in the coming decades, and it has put a funding plan into action to ensure affordable housing doesn’t fall by the wayside.

August 22, 2019 - Next City

Rural Texas

U.S. Economic Growth Shows Urban-Rural Divide

The economy is improving in places like Texas, but a closer look indicates that cities are taking off while rural areas are lagging behind.

July 20, 2019 - The New York Times

Downtown North Little Rock

Helping City Workers Live in the City

Local municipalities are offering housing incentives to draw employees and help them live closer to their jobs.

July 15, 2019 - Governing


DART Sets Its Sights on Automated Buses

The Dallas-area transit agency is partnering with other agencies to study driverless buses and their role in the future of transit systems.

June 10, 2019 - Dallas News

North Carolina Flooding

Looking Beyond FEMA Flood Maps, Cities Raise the Bar for Buildings in Floodplains

Cities across the country are developing floodplain construction standards that are more stringent than those required by FEMA.

April 2, 2019 - Inside Climate News

San Antonio, Texas

Displacement and San Antonio's 'Latino High Line'

The city is putting money into a risk mitigation fund, but activists want to see better protections for renters in a rapidly changing neighborhood.

April 2, 2019 - CityLab

Hurricane Harvey Houston

Black Towns Face Threats From Flooding and Buyouts

Many of the historic towns would disappear if flood buyout programs force residents to relocate.

March 26, 2019 - Scalawag

Dallas Area Rapid Transt

Dallas DOT Brings New Mobility Vision to the Region

The agency’s director wants to change the city’s transportation priorities and provide more mobility options to residents.

March 20, 2019 - Next City

Houston Metro Bus

Houston's $7.5 Billion Multimodal Transportation Plan

The Moving Forward Plan seeks to improve transportation throughout the region, but funding and project priorities still need to be sorted out.

January 29, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

Texas Wind Power

Texas Ideal for Solar and Wind Energy

If coal use phases out in Texas, renewable energy could very likely pick up the slack.

January 8, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

Austin Texas

Apple Is Going Suburban Rather Than Urban in Austin

Apple has plans to build a new campus and expand its Texas workforce. The decision to expand to an Austin suburb points to both regional and national trends and outcomes.

January 3, 2019 - CityLab

Houston Metro

Gentrification Threat Spreading in Houston, Particularly on City’s East Side

A decrease in affordable housing, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and demographic changes mean more of the city’s neighborhoods are facing gentrification challenges.

December 20, 2018 - Rice University News & Media

Hurricane Harvey Houston

Texas Has a Lot of Work to Do to Prepare for Future Hurricanes, Says Report

A new report outlines a long list of measures the state needs to take to prevent catastrophic outcomes. However, it avoids directly discussing climate change as a cause of increasingly severe natural disasters.

December 19, 2018 - Dallas News

Amazon Fulfillment Center

Amazon’s Growth and Influence Continue

The e-commerce behemoth has its hand in everything from warehouse development to renewable energy.

November 24, 2018 - Curbed

Interstate 635

Opinion: To Overcome Segregation in Dallas, Look to the Past

A frank assessment of past policy wrongdoings is necessary to overcome inequality in the city.

November 20, 2018 - The Dallas Morning News

Houston Sprawl

Houston’s Growth Poses Service Challenges

The Houston region continues to grow, and local regional governance is struggling to meet residents’ needs.

November 12, 2018 - Houston Public Media

Texas Rail

Rural Residents Not on Board With Texas Bullet Train Plan

A proposal for high-speed rail from Houston to Dallas is highlighting the state’s social and political divisions.

October 30, 2018 - Curbed

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