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 […]

Protecting our Social Environment

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on February 10, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

I earlier reported that the city is forcing Houstonians to use biodegradable bags for lawn clippings and leaves. Originally, this coercive measure was set to begin on January 1 of this year, but retailers did not have sufficient stock […]

Now That We Have Your “Attention-Getting Devices”

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on December 24, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

When Metro tore up Main Street for its light rail line, many small businesses suffered a significant drop in revenues, resulting in many closing for good. Vowing that it has learned its lesson, Metro plans to provide grants up […]

The War on Property Rights Continues

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 20, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

The headline for Monday’s lead article in the Chronicle blares: “Tough Land-Use Law Supported”. The headline implies that a specific law has been proposed and is generating support. But in fact, the headline refers to a poll conducted by […]

Houston’s Tunnel System: A Lesson in Self-Interest

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on November 5, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

We are often told that infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, water, and sanitation must be provided by government. Private individuals and businesses we are also told, cannot and would not provide such crucial facilities. Houstonians can find ample evidence […]

It’s Not About the Pets

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 19, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

A big topic on the mayoral campaign trail has been crime. The candidates agree that we need more police on the streets, but have offered few details on how they will accomplish this. I have previously suggested that one […]