Private Parks in Houston, Kinda, Sorta, Not Really

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 21, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In 1976, some concerned Houstonians formed a group call the Houston Parks Board (HPB). According to the group’s web site:

They wanted to contribute to the city’s parks system through a private organization that would respect their needs and […]

David Crossley is Still Smarter than You

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 13, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In March I pointed out that David Crossley, head of Houston Tomorrow (HT) thinks that he is smarter than you:

HT advocates, among other things, “smart growth” and “public transit”. On both of these issues–and many others–HT advocates the […]

Misrepresentations, Fallacies, and “Deregulation”

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 1, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

It is summer in Texas and that means that it is time for the annual chorus of voices decrying “deregulation” of the electric industry in the state. As an example, Bay Area Houston (BAH) declares that “Electricity deregulation has […]

Who is Getting Hammered?

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on June 30, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

I previously addressed issues with Sheltering Arms Senior Services (SASS), a local outfit that is using taxpayer loot to make private homes more energy efficient. At the time SASS was under fire for performing sub-par work and Chronicle columnist […]

Preserve Houston’s Culture, Not It’s Buildings

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on June 14, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

With stricter controls on “historic” properties looming on the horizon, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (GHPA) will likely play a key role in the effort to strong-arm property owners. Interestingly, the GHPA’s web site claims that:

GHPA promotes the […]

Houston: Model City…But Not for Long

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on June 24, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

I previously commented on a piece by Joel Kotkin titled “Houston: Model City” that appeared in Forbes. Kotkin writes:

Politicians in big cities talk about jobs, but by keeping taxes, fees and regulatory barriers high they discourage the creation […]

Pro-Zoners Sing the Same Tune

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on May 7, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

For decades zoning advocates have promised that the evils of hell would be unleashed upon Houston if we did not adopt comprehensive zoning. The prognosticators have claimed that the city won’t attract businesses, that our quality of life will […]

The Politics of Water Rates

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on April 26, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In defending the highest water rate increase in the history of Houston, city officials have regularly made noises about the need to have citizens pay the full cost of delivering clean drinking water. As council member Sue Lovell said:

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“Predators” and Printing Presses

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on April 8, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

Apparently unable to go more than two days without an editorial calling for more government intervention, the Chronicle now wants more regulations on “payday lenders”–companies that offer short-term loans at high interest rates.

In recent years, the payday lending […]

David Crossley is Smarter than You

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on March 3, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

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

Standard of living is basically about stuff and working hard to get it, while quality of life is […]