Six months ago, Houston Tomorrow hosted What Can We Do By 2022?, a series of luncheons and lectures with invited experts to inject good policy ideas into the Houston elections, and provide recommendations for the next administration. Our expert panel focused on the potential impact of walkable urbanism on tax base and transportation. We asked:
What can the next Mayor do to develop a sustainable, walkable, urban tax base to shore up our budgets with progress instead of cuts?
What can all elected officials do to ensure that Houston is on a path to equitable, prosperous sustainability, resilient to the myriad threats in our future?
This final report presents the essays by our invited experts and a top ten list of recommended goals for the City of Houston to achieve over the next eight years (one of the election outcomes has been the move to 8 year term limits, instead of 6, as reflected in the changing of the report’s name to What Can We Do By 2024?).
Our Top 10 recommended goals to achieve by 2024 are:
1. Create a City of Houston Department of Transportation
2. Eliminate parking requirements
3. Install lots of parking meters and use to fund $2 billion of missing sidewalks
4. Prioritize Equitable Transit Oriented Development
5. Initiate a regional transit vision focused on ridership & quality service
6. Finish Uptown BRT, Build the Blue, Inner Katy, Outer Westheimer, & Hobby Airport Lines
7. Focus Economic Development on high return on investment and equity
8. Tear down the Pierce Elevated Freeway
9. Rebuild affordable housing system, incorporating transportation costs and ETOD
10. Prioritize Complete Streets in every neighborhood
Our experts for this series included Geoff Carleton, Patrick Kennedy, Jim Kimon, Dr. Carol Lewis, Sam Lott, Raj Mankad, Susan Rogers, Kyle Shelton, Christof Spieler and Steve Spillette. These links will take you to each expert’s essay.
See the Report What Can We Do By 2024? (pdf)
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