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Austin’s ‘Affordability Unlocked’ Initiative Faces Lawsuit

A group of 18 plaintiffs is suing to overturn the city of Austin’s “Affordability Unlocked” planning initiative.

August 30, 2023 - Austin Monitor

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New Research Builds Evidence for Zoning Reform

Cityscape has published a collection of new research building support for zoning reforms as a tool for mitigating the effects of the housing affordability crisis.

August 29, 2023 - Forbes

An electric vehicle is plugged into a charging station. A sticker reads “charge America” on the station.

Texas Planning a Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Network

The Texas Department of Transportation has a plan to leverage federal infrastructure funding for electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state.

August 21, 2023 - MRT

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Houston Metro Prototypes Bus Shelter Fans

The agency is working on designs for a bus stop shelter with built-in solar-powered fans to keep waiting riders cool.

August 20, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Dallas Nixes Subway Plan

A proposed subway line was removed from DART’s 20-year plan, with the agency citing low ridership projections and local opposition.

August 18, 2023 - NBC DFW

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Making Natural Gas Power Plants Cleaner

Carbon capture and storage has long been associated with coal-burning power plants. Calpine Corp. hopes to apply the controversial technology to existing natural gas power plants, beginning with a pilot project to start this month in the Bay Area.

August 17, 2023 - The Sacramento Bee

Aerial view of five-level freeway interchange in Houston, Texas with bridges spanning green bayou.

Texas Approves $100 Billion Road Building Plan

The state is making a record investment in expanding and maintaining roads and highways, including an expansion of Interstate 10 and new managed lanes in Houston.

August 17, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Rendering of Texas Central high-speed rail train stopped at covered platform in Dallas, Texas

Amtrak Exploring Partnership for Central Texas Bullet Train

A privately funded high-speed rail line could link Houston and Dallas.

August 14, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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Report: Fort Worth’s Panther Island Should Emphasize Mixed Use, Walkability

Originally planned as a primarily residential development, the riverfront development could shift to a focus on entertainment, commerce, and outdoor recreation.

August 10, 2023 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Row of new contemporary rowhouses in Austin, Texas

Report: Why It Costs so Much to Build Housing in Austin

The study highlights high real estate costs as well as restrictive zoning regulations and building requirements that delay multi-family construction.

August 9, 2023 - Community Impact Newspaper

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Letter Reveals Changes to I-35 Expansion Plan in Austin

In addition to new HOV lanes and a proposed boardwalk, TxDOT agreed to engineer the freeway for caps in some areas, but the city would have to fund their construction.

August 7, 2023 - KUT

Blurred image of speeding DART light rain train in Dallas, Texas

How Extreme Heat Impacts Transit

Heat waves are causing damage and delays on commuter trains from New Jersey to Dallas.

August 4, 2023 - The Dallas Morning News

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Houston Transit Could Lose a Tenth of Sales Tax Revenue

Agency officials say they will continue to make expansion plans in the face of a potentially dramatic reduction in funding.

August 1, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Houston, Texas

Report: More Than Half of Harris County Households Cost-Burdened

Using a measurement that takes into account more factors in addition to housing costs, a new report from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research sheds light on the true crisis facing Houston-area renters.

July 31, 2023 - Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge

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California Decline: Population Likely Peaked Three Years Ago

A July projection from the state's Demographic Research Unit indicates that the population in 2060 may be about what it is today.

July 27, 2023 - Bloomberg News

Colorful "atx" sign in front of Whole Foods store in Austin, Texas

Austin Could Reduce Minimum Lot Sizes

In an effort to increase housing production and bring down housing costs, the city council approved a resolution calling for reduced lot sizes and higher density in single-family neighborhoods.

July 24, 2023 - The Architect's Newspaper

Rendering of Trinity Mills TOD project in Dallas, Texas with 5-story office building, park space, and residential multifamily units

Largest TOD in North Texas Breaks Ground Near Dallas

The mixed-use complex features over 400 housing units, offices, retail, and park space.

July 20, 2023 - CultureMap Dallas

Black plume of smoke rising from petrochemical plant fire in Houston, Texas

EPA Grant Will Fund Air Pollution Tracking in Houston

The city wants to monitor air quality and measure cancer-causing emissions near two petrochemical plants, one of which announced plans for expansion last year.

July 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Aerial view from behind Texas State Capitol dome in Austin, Texas

Zoning Reform Proposed in Austin

Proposed changes would create more room for mid-density housing and shift away from single-family homes on large lots.

July 13, 2023 - Towers

Traffic on freeway in Houston, Texas with downtown buildings in background

Houston’s Equity Score Leaves Room for Improvement

Houston is an international city, with a diverse population and economy. Its equity indicators, however, are relatively average compared to other U.S. cities.

July 12, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

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