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    July 17, 2018

    A Case Study in Why Houston Floods: The Stanley Park Project

    Recently, I ran across some news reports about a neighborhood that was fighting a new townhouse project on some adjacent property on the basis that it would degrade drainage in their area.  There is so much misinformation out there right now about the dynamics of flooding that I was frankly a bit skeptical when I...
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    June 27, 2018

    City to Begin Charging for Parking in Memorial Park

    In its never-ending quest to nickel and dime Houstonians out of every last dollar, the City of Houston recently announced that it will begin charging for some of the parking spaces at Memorial Park.  The City has said that the revenue will help maintain the park.  This is absurd on so many different levels that...
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    June 20, 2018

    A Primer on the Labor Force Participation Rate

    If you follow the jobs report issued by the Labor Department each month, you have probably heard of something called the “labor force participation rate.”  This is the percentage of the population between the ages of 16-64 that are employed or unemployed but looking for work.  Of course, there are many reasons that a person...
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    June 13, 2018

    The Flood Discussion Continues

    Two important documents were recently released on flooding in our region. The first is the Harris County Flood Control District’s (HCFCD) report on Hurricane Harvey written by Jeff Lindner and Scott Fitzgerald, the HCFCD’s chief meteorologist and engineer, respectively.  The 32-page report is chock-full of statistics, tables and maps that detail Harvey’s rainfall and flooding. ...

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