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Kotkin’s Ideological Stubbornness

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Greetings!  I’ve missed you!  I have a moment and considering I just read this, there is something to say.  So here I am. What I read was an article in the Wall Street Journal about the five cities that are successful through innovation.  The real head scratcher though is Houston.  Not that Houston isn’t innovative, […]
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Highway Tear-outs: Coming Soon to a City Near You

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First, the US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx tweeted this: Anthony Foxx ‏@SecretaryFoxx Mar 29 Transportation is a community function. If it doesn’t work for the entire community, the system doesn’t work. http://wapo.st/1pWSnMi  Then the mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti (who is top notch) retweeted, adding: Mayor of Los Angeles ‏@MayorOfLA 16h16 hours ago […]
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Nine Barriers to Building Housing in Austin’s Central City

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The Austin area has, for the 5th year running, been in the top two major cities in population growth. Yet, even though everybody knows about the new apartments sprouting up on transportation corridors like South Lamar and Burnet, much of the population growth has been in our suburbs and the more suburban areas of the city. Our […]
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Parking! The DNA of Place… or Anti-Place

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I know. I know.  Parking seems so mundane.  But, what if I told you that how parking is handled from both a coding and design standpoint is one of the most critical determinants in the quality and thus value of a place?  Well, guess what?  We’ll be talking about parking next Thursday evening at the […]
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Fed Up With National Politics? 5 Reasons to Move Your Energy Local!

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Are you fed up with national politics? Sad your candidate lost? Just sick of the whole thing?  Here’s 5 reasons to turn your eyes local. 1. You can become an expert Issues in national politics can be extremely complicated. Wonks and academics spend lifetimes studying things like healthcare or foreign policy, while partisans spend lifetimes reframing them. There is a learning […]