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HRG helps advocate for support of the METRO referendum

Houstonians for Responsible Growth has been visiting various organizations and groups in town to help explain and advocate for the passage of the upcoming METRO referendum. 

 

By voting “Yes” on this year’s METRO referendum it accomplishes 3 simple things:

 

1. Better Roads – Protects the General Mobility Program and funding for local road and mobility projects

 

2. Improves Bus Service and Park & Ride facilities

 

3. Keeps Taxes Low – Pays down debt with NO tax increases

 

If this referendum were to fail, money from METRO for roads and mobility would stop and taxes would likely increase in our local government jurisdictions.

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Americans Slow Learners About Housing Bubbles

Within this important article “A recipe for housing bubbles: Analyst says development restraints inflated prices | Inman News”, Glen Roberts reports on an important speech by Mike Inselmann, co founder and President of the highly regarded United States construction industry research firm Metrostudy, to the recent US National Association of Real Estate Editors Conference at Austin, Texas.

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Houston: Model City

Do cities have a future? Pessimists point to industrial-era holdovers like Detroit and Cleveland. Urban boosters point to dense, expensive cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco. Yet if you want to see successful 21st-century urbanism, hop on down to Houston and the Lone Star State.

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The White City

Among the media, academia and within planning circles, there’s a generally standing answer to the question of what cities are the best, the most progressive and best role models for small and mid-sized cities. The standard list includes Portland, Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis, and Denver. In particular, Portland is held up as a paradigm, with its urban growth boundary, extensive transit system, excellent cycling culture, and a pro-density policy. These cities are frequently contrasted with those of the Rust Belt and South, which are found wanting, often even by locals, as “cool” urban places.

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Cooperation can smooth neighborhood tensions

As the races for city office heat up, virtually every candidate is telling us that they will encourage growth and jobs through business and residential development and that they will also preserve the character of established neighborhoods. Missing are the details about how to resolve the apparent conflict between future growth and neighborhood preservation. The answer is for residential and commercial neighbors to act as neighbors should, and for elected officials to encourage and implement cooperative agreement when and where it exists.

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Eclectic, walkable and one of top 10

Montrose, the central Houston community known for its diverse lifestyles, vibrant street life and stately historic homes, is being honored by the American Planning Association today as one of the country's 10 great neighborhoods.

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How Smart Growth Disadvantages African-Americans & Hispanics

It was more than 45 years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. enunciated his “Dream” to a huge throng on the Capitol Mall. There is no doubt that substantial progress toward ethnic equality has been achieved since that time, even to the point of having elected a Black US President.

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City design guide seen as threat to transit measure

Fallout from the long-dormant Ashby high-rise development emerged Wednesday as a potential obstacle to the city’s effort to promote walkable, urban-style development along Metro’s planned light-rail lines.

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Does "Smart Growth" Also Create More Sprawl?

Okay, this is really interesting because it turns some conventional wisdom on its head. It turns out that the suburbs are not populated with urban refugees. Writing at NewGeography, Wendell Cox comes across what he calls an "unexpected truth:"

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Constuction of new homes jumps an unexpected 22%

WASHINGTON — Housing construction posted a surprisingly large increase in February, bolstered by strength in all parts of the country except the West.

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