Economic Segregation

In yesterday’s post, I examined how “affordable housing” advocates are using the race card to explain Houston’s segregated housing. The advocates are pointing to differences between wealthier neighborhoods and low-income neighborhoods to support their claims. Such claims are an attempt to cloud the issue and push a Leftist agenda.

Houston is a segregated city, but […]

Playing the Race Card

In the wake of a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Houston is in violation of federal housing mandates, “affordable housing” advocates are playing the ace that Leftists always keep up their sleeve–the race card. A recent opinion piece in the Chronicle claims that Houston is a segregated city, […]

Housing First and Altruism

Conservatives love to talk about limited government and the merits of the free market. But when push comes to shove, they invariably turn to government to solve social problems. Take Gary Polland, former Harris County Republican Party Chairman as an example.

In a recent article on his website, he addresses Houston’s homeless problem. The conservative […]

Opportunity and Choice

Chronicle business reporter Lydia DePillis argues that, while Houston is a city that offers opportunity to businessmen and entrepreneurs, it is less inviting to low-income families.

Whether Houston offers opportunity for people who don’t have much to start with, however — that’s less clear. And it’s downright undermined by Mayor Turner’s decision to block a […]

Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publicly spanked Mayor Sylvester Turner for blocking a housing project near the Galleria. The project in question was intended to provide “affordable housing” to low-income Houstonians in a “high-opportunity” neighborhood—one with good schools and low crime. In its letter to Turner, the HUD wrote:

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Somebody (Else) Should do Something

Of major cities in the United States, Houston is always among the leaders in the affordability of housing. Yet, the Chronicle, frequently eager to bash the city, notes that

a report last fall from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas pointed out, Houston homeowners are the most cost-burdened in the state, with more than 10 […]

Another Government Plan Gone Awry

Since 2012, state officials have been encouraging the development of “affordable housing” in “high-opportunity areas”—those with better schools, lower crime rates, and residents with higher incomes. The state has been using tax credits as an incentive to developers. But the program isn’t working as planned, and the reasons aren’t surprising.

Developers are running into two […]

The City of Our Dreams

To many people, the absence of zoning in Houston explains every ill—whether real or imagined—that plagues the city. A comment to a recent Chronicle article illustrates this attitude:

It was too late to build the city of our dreams in 1836. They built a no zoning sprawl in a swamp and never corrected either mistake.

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Houston Tomorrow’s Vision

On its website, Houston Tomorrow (HT) states that its vision is for Houston to “be home to the healthiest, happiest, most prosperous people in the United States” on the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding in 2036. To achieve this, the organization lists six needs:

We need to create safe, walkable neighborhoods. We need to […]

A War Story

Several years ago, I purchased a four-plex in a low-income area of Houston. About a year later, I received a letter demanding that I register the property with the City of Houston. But before I could register the property, I had to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.

The property was fully occupied when I purchased […]