Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
My latest post is online over at New Geography. It’s called “The Texas Story Is Real” and talks about the economic and demographic performance of Texas in the last decade across a variety of measures: population growth, unemployment, job growth, GDP, personal and household income, and poverty.
I’m not monolithic in what I think works. You may note that I recently posted a positive piece on New York. But although many urbanists don’t like it, I think it is undeniable that Texas is doing something right. It added huge numbers of people and jobs, and did it without diluting the quality of its jobs. Most other places can only dream of being so fortunate.
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