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Houston’s Equity Score Leaves Room for Improvement

Houston is an international city, with a diverse population and economy. Its equity indicators, however, are relatively average compared to other U.S. cities.

July 12, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Sun Belt Cities Are Facing Many Changes and Challenges

Cities across this swath of the country have rapidly growing populations and economies. At the same time, Sun Belt cities are contending with a common host of urban issues that should not be overlooked.

August 25, 2020 - Urban Edge


Changes in Houston Over the Last Decade

Comparing Houston in 2010 to the city today reveals a variety of transportation, infrastructure, and economic changes.

January 10, 2020 - Urban Edge


Flooding Less of a Concern as Hurricane Memories Fade

Residents of Houston are less likely to think of flooding as a concern, or to think development should be prohibited in flood-prone areas, as in the years immediately following Hurricane Harvey.

May 15, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

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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

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

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Opportunities for Urban Innovation in Houston

Kinder Institute director William Fulton discusses Houston's changing demographics and economic prospects. He sees the city as a place to pioneer and implement solutions to Sun Belt problems.

May 22, 2016 - Next City

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Lessons Learned from Decades of California Planning

Since the 1980s, California has been both a beacon of cutting-edge urban policy and an example of the ways planning can go awry.

September 10, 2014 - The Planning Report

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