Posts Tagged ‘regulation’

Combustion Charge Zone

The Combustion Charge Zone should reduce congestion and raise funds for the transportation system. In addition to this, the Combustion Charge Zone should help reduce air and noise pollution.

Playing by the Rules

A short thought for today. I read an article on the Chronicle that I found interesting, titled “Blending Elegance and Fast Food.” Here are the most relevant excerpts: Fast-food restaurants in upscale planned communities such as First Colony, Cinco Ranch and The Woodlands shatter some basic assumptions about retailing. Fast-food chains are used to having [...]

Free-Market Parking

Today┬áI want to take a look at the free-enterprise approach to parking in more detail. Let’s look at why the free-enterprise system makes sense in the first place, then we’ll try to understand why free-market parking solutions would work in Houston. The common-sense argument against parking regulations First, remember that the traffic patterns flowing to [...]

Briefly: Ashby gets the go-ahead

From the Chronicle: More than two years after they first applied, the developers of the Ashby high-rise will receive permits for a project that generated protests and a renewed debate over how to regulate development in Houston, city officials said today. The decision was based on changes developers Matthew Morgan and Kevin Kirton made in [...]

Cultural Traffic Calming

One of the recent discussions on the Streetsblog network was related to an interesting traffic calming measure taken in Germany. In places where speeding near school zones was a problem, the Police have been taking a new approach. Instead of just giving motorists a ticket, they’ve been making the motorists stop and explain to a [...]

Property Value Theory, Part 1: People-Productivity

Continuing from my earlier post on Transportation Theory, today I wanted to take a look at property values, and what creates value in land. Again, these are my own words, but are drawn from the extensive graduate research I did as well as my professional experience as a real estate consultant. [serialposts] Two Kinds of [...]

Land Use Morals

These kinds of things frustrate me… Houston Strategies posted this story, which recaps this story. Both of them basically attribute all of Houston’s economic success to it’s no-zoning approach to land-use regulation. I certainly agree that Houston’s lean regulatory system helps the economy, there’s no question about that. I usually agree with the things Tory [...]