The Free Market and Innovation

Throughout history, innovators have been criticized and mocked by their contemporaries. They have been accused of insanity and fraud. They have been scorned and ostracized. But when they have been free, they have been able to demonstrate the truth of their vision. When they have been free, they have been able to prove their critics […]

Who Will Protect Us From Our Protectors?

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

Consider the following: Driving down a road with no posted speed limit, another motorist races past you. A block away you are pulled over and cited for speeding. You ask the speed limit, and the officer says, “Whatever I […]

“Unplanned” Charm in Montrose

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 13, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

The American Planning Association recently named Houston’s Montrose one of its “10 Great Neighborhoods” for 2009. The Chronicle laments this award, because the planning that has occurred in Montrose was conducted privately, rather than by the city:

As the […]

“SmartCode” isn’t Smart

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 2, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

In the aftermath of the city granting permission to Buckhead Development to build the Ashby High Rise, Houston bloggers have jumped in with a variety of suggestions for avoiding similar conflicts in the future. One of those suggestions comes […]

The City We Deserve

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on August 13, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

A recent piece on the KHOU web site asks if zoning is in Houston’s future. While the article does not come to a definitive conclusion, it implies that more restrictive land-use controls will be necessary. Or, as urban planner […]

A Debate on Zoning

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on December 4, 2008. Comments have not been migrated.

The comments to a post at Houston Strategies evolved into a lengthy debate over zoning. The debate was civil and interesting. The advocate for zoning presented reasonable arguments which are shared by many people. Below are some excerpts from […]