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October 16, 2020, 8am PDT
Fort Worth business owners plan to promote the Near Southside area as a hub for artists and entrepreneurs.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 8, 2020, 11am PDT
A trio of freeway cap proposals around the country—in St. Paul, Atlanta, and Austin—embody the potential of infrastructure change to undo the mistakes of the past.
UrbanLand
October 6, 2020, 8am PDT
A new study published in the Land Use Policy journal explains how Houston's rapid expansion occurred, and why it matters.
Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge
September 30, 2020, 10am PDT
Remember that $450 million plan to renovate The Alamo in time for the 300th anniversary of the battle? It's in trouble.
San Antonio Business Journal
September 29, 2020, 10am PDT
With more than 50,000 acres of parkland, Houston is one of many cities to notice an increase in use of natural areas. Natural Resources Manager Kelly Ondracek is drafting a plan to protect the natural lands from development.
Next City
September 29, 2020, 7am PDT
The final environmental impact statement for the controversial North Houston Highway Improvement Project is available for public comment, courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Community Impact Newspaper
September 24, 2020, 10am PDT
A fitness tracking app reports dramatic increases in bike ridership since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bloomberg CityLab
September 22, 2020, 7am PDT
Another example of the growing political and planning opposition to the idea of tolling new roads in Texas.
Houston Chronicle
September 21, 2020, 10am PDT
The Federal Railroad Administration has granted two key permissions for Texas Central to operate a high-speed trail between Houston and Dallas.
Houston Chronicle
September 20, 2020, 7am PDT
Evictions incur immense costs for the public and nonprofit sector, according to new analysis from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge
September 17, 2020, 7am PDT
A tax break approved by the Texas Legislature is delivering massive benefits to developers in the state, but advocates say the public isn't getting the promised return on investment.
San Antonio Express-News
September 15, 2020, 12pm PDT
A lawsuit argues that Houston's Historic Preservation Ordinance is a form of de facto land use control, equivalent to zoning, which isn't allowed by state and local laws.
Houston Chronicle
September 14, 2020, 11am PDT
College towns that have been observing public health guidelines and seen relatively few COVID-19 cases are now seeing infections spike as young people return to take classes. The New York Times has been tracking cases in colleges and college towns.
The New York Times
September 10, 2020, 9am PDT
Since late 2019, developers who deliver affordable housing units in Austin have received bonuses in height, density, parking, and other regulatory metrics, leading to a large number of new affordable housing units in the pipeline.
Austin Monitor
September 9, 2020, 10am PDT
The city of Houston this week launched an app for its Community Connector shuttle service as part of a ten-month pilot project.
Houston Chronicle
September 6, 2020, 5am PDT
Heatwaves are the leading cause of deaths related to weather. A new study seeks to understand the impact of heatwaves and extreme heat exposure on humans and the cities in which they live.
Cities Today
August 28, 2020, 5am PDT
As Hurricane Laura intensified into a Category 4 storm, public officials had to make decisions about evacuation during a time of sheltering in place. Researchers at Texas A&M University developed a risk index to guide decisionmaking processes.
The Conversation
August 27, 2020, 10am PDT
Disaster recovery in the Houston area has been inconsistent, with low-income residents of color continuing to struggle to put their lives and communities back together.
Urban Edge
August 25, 2020, 7am PDT
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.
Urban Edge
August 24, 2020, 12pm PDT
Shortly after a private White House report blasted Georgia's pandemic response, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order allowing cities and counties to impose requirements on mask-wearing. The report was leaked to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution