The Personal Approach to Flooding

Barry Klein of the Houston Property Rights Association has a very good article on Houston’s perpetual flooding problem. Klein’s crucial point is that individuals must take responsibility for flood proofing their own properties, rather than looking to government to solve the problem.

In recent months I have decided that flood proofing needs to be routine […]

The Dishonesty of Statists

Statists aren’t known for their intellectual honesty, but on occasion they exercise such intellectual gymnastics that even Simone Biles would be impressed. A recent example comes courtesy of the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters,” a column that supposedly has the purpose of making us think about important issues.

The article is titled “Houston sidewalks aren’t improving fast […]

On the Bicycle Trail to More Land-Use Regulations

Last week, City Council approved the Houston Bike Plan. The plan is allegedly intended to expand the city’s bike trails from about 500 miles to 1,800 miles. But as I noted in my last post, the plan isn’t really about bike trails. It’s about the city assuming more control over land use in Houston.

The […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Coalition Against Freedom

For decades, Houston has seen a steady parade of politicians and activists advocating rights-violating policies. From the sign and smoking ordinances of the 1980s to the preservation ordinance of the 1990s, from the subsequent amendments to these ordinances in the 2000s and 2010s to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) of 2014, Houston has seen […]

David Crossley is Smarter Than You

This post was originally written in 2010. The points made remain true today. Houston Tomorrow remains active in promoting the same ideas as it did in 2010.

David Crossley, president of Houston Tomorrow (HT), demonstrates what happens when one drops context in an attempt to promote a political agenda:

Standard of living is basically […]