Category Archives: Development

Hahn Shoots First

Amy Everhart of Hahn Public wrote a fantastic memo on what to expect from the next Austin City Council. Here are three points to add to her mix of high-quality insights.

Posted in Development, Fiscal

Better Billion

November’s urban rail and road package aims to “do something” as Austin clamors for transportation solutions. Sadly, as blog readers know, the proposal will not be effective at reducing congestion or promoting car-independence. It will, however, exhaust our reserves of … Continue reading

Posted in Development, Transportation, Water

CodeNEXT Pitch

Yesterday, I joined an enthusiastic group of solution-minded Austinites at a CodeNEXT community input session.  There were many great pro-reform speakers. Here’s the presentation I delivered.  Let’s turn to the main points of the presentation and some additional ideas generated from … Continue reading

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The Problem with Austin NIMBYnomics

One of the more exasperating aspects of debating Austin’s housing supply is the confused economic assumptions of Austin NIMBYnomics. Specifically, there is a troubling blindspot about the economic reasoning that guides the humans that build and refurbish housing. Often, developers … Continue reading

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CATS & DOGS

The Austin City Council is poised to make a decision on urban rail’s route based on incomplete data.  At the heart of this predicament is a 2010 document entitled the “Central Austin Transit Study” (CATS).  This document makes a set … Continue reading

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What Nobody Proved About Austin

This piece in the Texas Monthly has been making the social media circles.  It argues that – surprise! – Austin might be the state’s most segregated city. It’s so Slate-y in its counter-intuitive hypothesis, that I could just not resist … Continue reading

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Austin Affordability: What Matters?

The discussion around Austin’s ‘affordability’ was perhaps the most interesting policy theme from the recent municipal election. Unfortunately, the discussion seemed to focus on economic development subsidies.  These subsidies – while they might contribute to reducing Austin’s affordability in some … Continue reading

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