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News from 2020

Council Appoints Martin as Mayor Pro-Tem
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Appoints Martin as Mayor Pro-Tem

Council Member Tiffany Thomas Inaugural Pop Off
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Tiffany Thomas Inaugural Pop Off

Council Member Letitia Plummer
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Letitia Plummer

Council Member Amy Peck at inaugural meeting
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Amy Peck at inaugural meeting

Council Member Sallie Alcorn Inaugural Pop Off
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Sallie Alcorn Inaugural Pop Off

Council Member Carolyn Evans Shabazz at inaugural meeting
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Carolyn Evans Shabazz at inaugural meeting

Council Member Abbie Kamin at Inaugural Meeting
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Abbie Kamin at Inaugural Meeting

Council Member Edward Pollard at inaugural meeting
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Edward Pollard at inaugural meeting

Mayor Proposing Public Works Ordinance Change
By Urban Reform Staff

Mayor Proposing Public Works Ordinance Change

Turner talking about livable wage
By Urban Reform Staff

Turner talking about livable wage

Council Member Amy Peck on Delayed Projects
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Member Amy Peck on Delayed Projects

King: City of Houston Releases Its 2019 Audit
By Urban Reform Staff

Just before Christmas, the City released its FY2018-20191. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), more commonly referred to as its “annual audit.” There is some good news, but it comes with some big question marks. But mostly it is just the latest chapter in the chronicle of the City’s long-term fiscal deterioration. The situation was aptly summarized by our City Controller, Chris Brown, in his introductory letter:

Tomaro Bell Testifying Against I45 Project
By Urban Reform Staff

Tomaro Bell Testifying Against I45 Project

Small Government, Big Solutions: Opportunities to Advance African American Communities
By Urban Reform Staff

Small Government, Big Solutions: Opportunities to Advance African American Communities

Council Discusses Houston Affordable Housing
By Urban Reform Staff

Council Discusses Houston Affordable Housing

Mayor Turner on Spring Branch Explosion
By Urban Reform Staff

Mayor Turner on Spring Branch Explosion

Opportunity for Houston’s Communities
By Urban Reform Staff

Last week, I had the chance take part in a panel with Dr. Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush; George Foreman, 2x World Heavyweight Champion; and State Rep. Harrold Dutton at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 2020 Policy Orientation.

Truth in Accounting Releases Financial State of Cities
By Urban Reform Staff

Truth in Accounting released their annual Financial State of the Cities report which breaks down the annual financial reports from the nation’s 75 most populous cities. Notably, the report found that 63 of the cities did not have enough funding to pay all of their bills, meaning they deferred much of these costs onto future taxpayers. They also found that the collective debt for all 75 cities totaled more than $320 billion.

2020 Renter Migration Report
By Urban Reform

Apartment List just released their 2020 Renter Migration Report detailing where renters in major American metros are moving to and from. The report found that 22.7 percent of apartment hunters currently living in Houston are looking to move somewhere else, while 35.6 percent of those looking for a place to live in Houston are searching from outside of the metro area.

Affordability

Houston Tops Lists for Housing Affordability
By Urban Reform Staff

This week, Demographia released its 16thannual International Housing Affordability Survey which analyzed 309 housing markets across the globe.