3 days ago
A new study from MIT makes a clear connection between the intensity of rainfall caused by Hurricane Harvey last August in Texas and climate change, concluding that the likelihood of stronger downpours is greatly increasing.
4 days ago
The Houston Downtown Management District and Central Houston Inc. have released a new 20-year vision for Downtown Houston.
5 days ago
Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of The New York Times, looks beyond sprawl and development issues that challenge Houston in its rebuilding efforts. An anti-urban, anti-regulation bias from the statehouse isn't helping matters.
6 days ago
Building on 2009's Transit Corridor Ordinance, Houston's Walkable Places Committee is creating a process for specific neighborhoods to adopt new rules emphasizing walkability.
November 11, 2017, 1pm PST
History shows that there's more than one way to control flooding, but the best ideas are also urban amenities.
November 8, 2017, 8am PST
An interview with Houston Planning Director Patrick Walsh, conducted after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the city and reduced its planning and infrastructure to a talking point for pundits. It's time to let the locals do the talking.
November 5, 2017, 9am PST
It's been a deadly Autumn for bike riders in Houston, and bike advocates are pushing the city to make streets safer for all users.
October 31, 2017, 6am PDT
The 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign launched earlier this month.
October 25, 2017, 2pm PDT
Planning scholar Bill Fulton, longtime resident of L.A. and relatively recent transplant to Houston, sizes up the urban implications of a World Series played between two very similar cities.
California Planning & Development Report
October 24, 2017, 2pm PDT
Comparing the housing markets of Houston and Los Angeles—two of the nation's metropolitan area's most commonly associated with auto-centric sprawl—before their respective Major League Baseball teams square off in the 2017 World Series.
October 6, 2017, 1pm PDT
Following Hurricane Harvey, Houston's City Hall became flooded with four feet of water, rendering the building's electrical and mechanical equipment useless. Restoring power back to City Hall quickly was crucial in aiding the recovery efforts.
October 3, 2017, 1pm PDT
Zoning might not have saved Houston from Harvey, but a strong floodplain ordinance would have, according to an opinion piece published in the Houston Chronicle.
September 20, 2017, 8am PDT
Houston's commercial real estate market, including some 72,000 apartment units, has been severely impacted b Hurricane Harvey.
September 18, 2017, 8am PDT
Having charged low rates during years of bumper development, the National Flood Insurance Program worked at cross-purposes with itself while development continued on.
September 15, 2017, 12pm PDT
Vigorous continued demand for Houston homes left some realtors surprised after the city endured catastrophic flooding. For a lot of new construction, elevated homes may become the norm.
September 13, 2017, 10am PDT
In the hopes of helping some Houston homeowners rebuild in more sustainable living places, FEMA will buy some homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
September 9, 2017, 7am PDT
The Guardian's former environmental editor asks if urban sprawl is as much to blame as climate change for the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
September 5, 2017, 12pm PDT
With the media rightfully pointing to Houston's sprawling urban development patterns that exacerbated the epic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Paul Krugman also finds fault with cities where urban development is too tightly regulated.
The New York Times - Opinion
September 5, 2017, 7am PDT
While any one event can not be attributed to global warming, climate scientists have long acknowledged a connection to extreme weather. Pruitt, a climate denier, dismisses any such connection with the amount of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey.
September 4, 2017, 7am PDT
As Houston's flood waters recede and attention turns from rescue to recovery and soon rebuilding, critics have pointed to the city's lack of zoning as the cause of the devastation. But are they looking in the right direction?