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  • Annual Report 2017 

    Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2018)
    In 2017, close to two dozen research reports were released, focusing on a wide range of policy concerns including Hurricane Harvey, resilience, gentrification, affordable housing and transportation.
  • Annual Report 2018 

    Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2019)
    In 2018, while Hurricane Harvey continued to influence many Kinder Institute studies, the institute narrowed its focus to six key issues, including demographics, education, transportation, housing, governance and post-Harvey ...
  • The 2020 State of Housing in Harris County and Houston 

    Shelton, Kyle; Park, John; Villegas, Carlos; Guajardo, Luis; Servidio, Chris; Zhang, Zhiyan (2020)
    The Kinder Institute's inaugural State of Housing in Harris County and Houston report provides a consistent and accessible baseline of information about housing-related issues to all Houstonians. This report will be updated ...
  • The Urban Sun Belt: An Overview 

    Fulton, William; Hazle, Shelly G.; Choudary, Wendie; Sherman, Stephen (2020)
    This paper focuses on the 22 metropolitan statistical areas in the Sun Belt with a population of 1 million people or more. Together, they accounted for almost half of all population growth in the entire United States between ...
  • Troubled Fiscal Times: A Comparison of Revenue Sources and Service Levels for Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio 

    Fulton, William; Villegas, Carlos; Shelton, Kyle; Griffin, Ben; Bise, Carson (2020)
    This report examines the revenue structure and service levels for Texas' three largest cities: Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. The intent is to understand the differences in the cities’ revenue structures — and whether ...
  • Annual Report 2019 

    Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2020)
    In 2019, the Kinder Institute helped shape critical conversations on important urban issues including the use of federal housing vouchers, barriers for small manufacturers and the benefits of arts education. The institute ...
  • The 2020 Kinder Houston Area Survey 

    Klineberg, Stephen L.; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2020)
    For close to four decades, the Kinder Houston Area Survey has been tracking the changing attitudes and experiences of Houstonians.
  • Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston 

    Kinder Institute for Urban Research; LINK Houston (2020)
    "Where Affordable Housing and Transportation Meet in Houston" examines where affordable housing and high-quality, affordable transportation presently co-exist. This report provides policy recommendations to help government ...
  • Already vulnerable neighborhoods are hardest hit by COVID-19 job losses 

    An interactive dashboard created by the Kinder Institute’s Houston Community Data Connections shows job-loss estimates in each Harris County community. The numbers can be further broken down by industry and neighborhood. ...
  • Staying at home may have saved 4,533 lives in Harris County so far 

    Wu, Jie; Zhang, Mingming; Wang, Katie (2020)
    Based on epidemiologists’ COVID-19 models, the Kinder Institute's Houston Community Data Connections Team estimated the number of hospitalizations and deaths that can be prevented in Harris County between March 24 and June ...
  • Neighborhood Voices: Using Community Engagement to Address Transportation, Infrastructure and Safety Concerns in Near Northside, Houston 

    Nostikasari, Dian; Haile, Gelila; Shelton, Kyle (2020)
    Over the span of 11 months, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research collaborated with various community partners such as LINK Houston, BakerRipley and the University of Houston's Psychological Health and Learning Sciences ...
  • Near Northside: Safer Streets, Safer Communities 

    Nostikasari, Dian; Haile, Gelila; Shelton, Kyle (2020)
    The Near Northside is a historic neighborhood in the heart of Houston. A seemingly ideal area for active living, the community has numerous community assets, commercial hubs, schools and homes within walking or biking ...
  • Community Resilience Initiatives: Building Stronger Neighborhoods in Houston 

    Servidio, Chris; Shelton, Kyle; Nostikasari, Dian (2020)
    This report spotlights the work taking place in the five pilot Complete Communities to build community resilience. By documenting the processes surrounding these key community initiatives, this report identifies best ...
  • Transit Adjacent Development and Neighborhood Change in Houston 

    Nostikasari, Dian; Shelton, Kyle (2019)
    This study explores how land use has changed between 2010 and 2016 in transit adjacent development (TAD) areas of Harris County, Texas, defined as census block groups within 1 mile of transit hubs—light rail stations, ...
  • The Maker Economy: The Growing Demand of Small Urban Manufacturers in Houston 

    Villegas, Carlos A.; Servidio, Chris; Yelvington, Allison (2019)
    While Houston’s small urban manufacturing sector is clearly on the rise, policymakers, stakeholders, and even consumers recognize that there remains an overall lack of knowledge around the industry. Contributing to this ...
  • Key Takeaways 

    Koh, Daniel (2019)

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