Houston, Texas

Houston Mayor Rebukes Housing Authority on Tax Break Deals

The mayor sternly denounced the city’s housing authority for going forward with tax break deals that critics say don’t bring enough new affordable housing to the city and reduce tax revenue for local schools and utilities.

March 28, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Rendering of Baylor Scott & White Health Administrative Center in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas

A Dallas Architect Designs Statement Buildings With a Purpose

The Dallas Morning News’ architecture critic profiles one of the city’s most important current architects.

March 26, 2023 - The Dallas Morning News

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Biden Designates a New National Monument in West Texas

The Castner Range National Monument in West Texas is the second of two new national monuments announced by President Joe Biden this week.

March 26, 2023 - The White House

Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Austin’s Project Connect Transit Plan Drastically Reduced

The details of drastic reductions to the proposed building program for Austin’s Project Connect long-range transit plan are now open for public comment.

March 23, 2023 - KUT

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Dallas Ahead of the Game in Adaptive Reuse

Thanks in part to a state tax credit created in the early 2000s, downtown Dallas is set to create roughly 1,500 new housing units by converting office buildings to residential uses.

March 21, 2023 - Dallas Business Journal

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Texas Legislation Would Add More Roadblocks for Transit Funding in Austin

A former Austin city councilmember, now at the Texas State Legislature, is trying to make it harder for Austin Transit Partnership to borrow money to fund Project Connect, the Austin region’s big, ambitious transit investment plan.

March 20, 2023 - KUT

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Interstate Expansion to Go Ahead in Houston

The North Houston Highway Improvement Project, stalled by a federal investigation, will now go ahead with only a few tweaks that opponents say don’t go far enough to mitigate the damage it will cause to Houston neighborhoods.

March 16, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Revisions Looming, Austin’s Project Connect Reveals the Obstacles of Transit Planning in 2023

A once sprawling and singularly ambitious capital investment plan for the Capital Metro system will soon be reduced in size and scope. The episode is more evidence of an emerging era of transit planning austerity.

March 15, 2023 - TransitCenter

Dallas Transit

Tensions Rise Between Dallas and Rapid Transit Agency

The city is accusing DART of mismanagement of tax revenue that the agency had pledged to return to the city for infrastructure investments.

March 15, 2023 - D Magazine

Light blue two-story Victorian home with corner turret in The Heights, Houston, Texas

Houston Leaders Debate Merits of ‘Conservation Districts’ Proposal

A proposal by the city’s mayor would create a new type of preservation district designed to protect historic structures and slow gentrification.

March 14, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

"Fort Worth Central Station" sign on platform at train station

Amtrak To Study New York-to-Dallas Service

A proposal to extend the Crescent line would bring rail service through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

March 14, 2023 - Mass Transit

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How Houston’s Highways Impact Neighborhoods

A chapter in a new book highlights how highway construction forced changes and caused displacement in communities that included public housing developments.

March 13, 2023 - Next City

Electric bus in Austin, Texas

Austin Debates Parking Reforms Near TOD Projects

City officials are deciding how to change parking requirements for transit-oriented developments that are meant to discourage private car ownership.

March 13, 2023 - Austin Monitor

Multiple bridges busy with cars cross Lady Bird Lake outside downtown Austin, Texas.

What Led to Austin’s Housing Crisis?

How the Texas capital quickly became one of the country’s hottest—and least affordable—housing markets.

March 9, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Coronavirus and Urbanism

Austin Scores Highest on Pandemic Recovery; Bay Area and Baltimore Lowest

The Bay Area Council and CBRE created an economic tracker to measure how well the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas have recovered from the public health restrictions imposed on their regions at the onset of the pandemic.

March 5, 2023 - Bay City News Foundation

Aerial direct overhead view of I-35 freeway in Austin, Texas

Austin City Council Calls for Changes to Interstate Widening Plan

Legally powerless to stop TxDOT’s plans for freeway expansion, Austin city leaders hope to influence the agency to take some mitigation measures as it widens I-35.

March 1, 2023 - KUT

Geothermal heat pump installed on wall next to water boiler

Houston Co-Housing Project to Use Geothermal Heating and Cooling

The development will also include communal kitchens, community gardens, and other shared spaces aimed at bringing neighbors together.

February 28, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Aerial view of Tesla GigaFactory under construction in Austin, Texas

Mr. Musk’s Neighborhood

With all apologies to the late great Fred Rogers.

February 24, 2023 - Curbed

Dallas, Texas

Opinion: Hit the Brakes on Dallas Freeway Plan

A proposal to bury a Dallas freeway may not be the best way forward for the area’s residents.

February 22, 2023 - The Dallas Morning News

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In Houston, Housing Loses Out to Freeways

TxDOT plans to demolish hundreds of apartments for its interstate widening project despite local calls to preserve the buildings as affordable housing.

February 17, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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