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Dumping "Smart Growth" is Wise

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Business Week: Portland unhappiest city

With 222 cloudy days each year, Portland is the unhappiest city in the country, according to BusinessWeek.com.

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Rapid Riser: Houston Top Metro of 2008

Big Oil has long been the big money maker in Houston, but the largest city in Texas lured capital from many other industries in 2008, enough to capture the No. 1 metropolitan area ranking for corporate facility projects from Site Selection.

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Pro-growth policies help Houston resist downturn

The day is fast approaching when construction cranes, development projects and construction-caused traffic dislocations are going to be missed. These irritating inconveniences are, after all, examples of healthy growth — and with it, economic prosperity.

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The Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009

1. Houston, Texas

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Houston major winner in 2008 job growth

Houston had the best year of any market, picking up an additional 57,300 jobs, according to a new bizjournals analysis.

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Best Cities to Live, Work and Play

Our approach this year to picking the ten best cities in which to live and work was simple: Look for places with strong economies and abundant jobs, then demand reasonable living costs and plenty of fun things to do. When we ran the numbers, some of the names that popped up made us do a double take at first. So we hit the road to meet movers, shakers and regular folks, experience the ambience and take in the sights.

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Strangulation by Decree: The Comeback of “Planning”

Plenty of us smart-aleck Dallasites, if we try, can work up a crush on hustling Houston, where the air—leave aside the suffocating humidity—has the tang of freedom.

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Lack of zoning has paid off for Houston

During the past year, I've made several appearances on television news programs to talk about the housing crisis. My role was that of the straight man.

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Guiding growth will be a key issue in '09 mayoral tilt

Most Harris County residents would support zoning or other land-use planning tools to guide growth, protect neighborhoods and curb suburban sprawl, the 2008 Houston Area Survey shows.

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