Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Houston

Houston Unveils a Bold New Citywide Plan for Bicycling

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The same team that helped overhaul Houston’s bus network is turning its attention to the city’s bike network. This week, recently-elected Mayor Sylvester Turner unveiled the city’s first bike plan since 1993. The plan envisions a network of low-stress bikeways — a welcome improvement over Houston’s previous bike plan, from 1993, which mostly consisted of “share the road” signs and sharrows on wide, high-speed roads, […]

What Will It Take for Houston to Eliminate Traffic Deaths?

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In 2014, 227 people were killed in traffic collisions in Houston. Per capita, that means the city’s streets are more than three times as deadly as New York City’s. Despite the toll, there’s a culture of acceptance surrounding traffic violence in Houston. Now a group of local advocates are trying to change that. Houston Tomorrow, a local think tank devoted […]

Crashes Doubled After Houston Banned Red Light Cameras

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Law enforcement officers warned there would likely be an uptick in collisions when Houston debated banning red light cameras in the early part of the decade. Turns out they were absolutely right. Houston voters banned the life-saving technology in 2010, with the press mostly cheering them along. Last year Houston PD examined how that’s impacted safety at intersections. According […]

Lousy Neighborhoods, Not Lax Zoning, Make Sunbelt Houses Cheaper

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The middle class is getting priced out of liberal cities, while red-state urban areas remain affordable. Does that mean our cities should be less like tightly regulated San Francisco and more like permissive Houston? It’s a common argument — but it doesn’t fit the facts. To start with, Houston is hardly a paradise of deregulation. In practice, local experts explain, […]