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    • Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey 

      Villegas, Carlos; Wowk, Kateryna; Shelton, Kyle; Lightbourne, Jesseca (2018)
      This research brief provides context about how the recovery process is unfolding in the Hurricane Harvey-affected region and how the area can prevent a similar situation from happening again. It examines how localities, ...
    • Accessing Opportunity: Employment and Community Patterns among Low-, Medium-, and High-Wage Workers in Houston 

      Wu, Jie; Hu, Yujie; Zhang, Mingming; Patterson, Grant (2018)
      Proximity to jobs is important for all residents as it can affect employment outcomes, but it is especially crucial for low-income households whose budgets can be disproportionately impacted by transportation costs and ...
    • Case Studies in Floodplain Buyouts: Looking to best practices to drive the conversation in Harris County 

      Patterson, Grant (2018)
      This report, meant to frame the buyouts discussion in the Houston region, begins by overviewing the basic elements of federal funding for floodplain acquisitions, more commonly known as buyouts. The central component of ...
    • Planning From Inside Out: Using Community Responses to Address Transportation, Infrastructure and Safety Concerns 

      Nostikasari, Dian; Patterson, Grant; Shelton, Kyle (2018)
      Building on previous Kinder Institute work about how to improve safety for all road users, this report uses input from residents to highlight problem areas and safety concerns in Houston’s Gulfton neighborhood. The information ...
    • Identifying Latent Transit Ridership 

      Park, John; Shelton, Kyle (2018)
      This report provides another tool for agencies to use in planning services by offering a method to show which parts of Houston METRO’s service area may have latent or untapped ridership. By analyzing the existing demographic, ...
    • From Close Calls to Crashes: Infrastructure Priorities to Improve Safety For People on Bikes 

      Nostikasari, Dian; Shelton, Kyle (2018)
      Building on previous work by the Kinder Institute that captured the near-miss experiences of pedestrians and bicyclists, this report focuses on how information about daily trips can be used to improve transportation safety ...
    • Lessons from Harvey: Crisis Informatics for Urban Resilience 

      Villegas, Carlos; Martinez, Matthew; Krause, Matthew (2018)
      Social media systems and crowdsourced data sites were incredibly active during Hurricane Harvey. Residents, first responders and officials all turned to these systems to impart information and make calls for assistance. ...
    • 2018 Houston Civic Health Index 

      Lappie, John; Coates, Jeff; Matthews, Lisa (2018)
      Commissioned by Houston Endowment, this study examines the state of civic health in Greater Houston (the Houston MSA) to better understand civic attitudes and behaviors as well as political participation. The objective of ...
    • Collaborations and Overlapping Services in Harris County Law Enforcement 

      Shelton, Kyle; Fulton, William; Villegas, Carlos; Krause, Matthew; Zhang, Mingming; Lightbourne, Jesseca (2018)
      In Harris County, there are more than 60 law enforcement agencies. In general, these agencies provide a high level of service to area residents. However, there are possible efficiencies and improvements to be found. The ...
    • Governing a Growing Region: Addressing Challenges of Service Provision and Development in Houston 

      Shelton, Kyle; Fulton, William; Villegas, Carlos; Krause, Matthew (2018)
      Most MUDs are on firm financial footing and effectively help communities function. But, zooming out from individual communities and taking a regional view, major issues with the regional governance system appear on the ...
    • Neighborhood Gentrification across Harris County: 1990 to 2016 

      Choudary, Wendie; Wu, Jie; Zhang, Mingming (2018)
      The purpose of this framing report is to document recent neighborhood changes indicative of gentrification and to inform the development of strategies to support equitable revitalization instead. This report uses data from ...
    • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Needs Assessment: Phase Two 

      Wu, Jie; Zhang, Mingming; Park, John; Villegas, Carlos; Patterson, Grant; Shelton, Kyle (2018)
      This report represents the second phase of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s needs assessment work on behalf of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This document includes ...
    • 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.
    • The State of Local Democracy in Houston and Harris County 

      Lappie, John (2017)
      The governments of Harris County and the City of Houston have many vital powers, but relatively little is known about the nature of local elections in either jurisdiction. This study attempts to fill this gap by examining ...
    • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Needs Assessment: Phase One 

      Wu, Jie; Zhang, Mingming; Villegas, Carlos; Patterson, Grant; Shelton, Kyle; Love, Samantha; Lightbourne, Jesseca; Wowk, Katya (2017)
      This document represents the first phase of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s needs assessment work on behalf of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This fund was jointly ...
    • Growing But Unequal: Mapping High Opportunity Areas and Implications for Affordable Housing 

      Nostikasari, Dian; Shelton, Kyle; Morin, Taylor; Walker, Kelsey (2017)
      This report looks at the relationship between LIHTC projects and areas receiving full points on the 2016 QAP compared to the 2017 QAP’s Opportunity Index. It finds that the bulk of LIHTC properties continue to be located ...
    • Developing Houston: Land-Use Regulation in the "Unzoned City" and its Outcomes 

      Marcano, Alexius; Festa, Matthew; Shelton, Kyle (2017)
      Houston is recognized nationally for its unique approach to land-use regulation and lack of formal zoning. The city possesses a number of tools that are or can be used to regulate and shape development in lieu of zoning. ...
    • Who Runs for Mayor in America? 

      Marschall, Melissa; Lappie, John; Williams, Luke (2017)
      Political observers’ assumptions about local election trends are often based on anecdotes, incomplete observation or simply conventional wisdom. However, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and its Center for Local ...
    • Taking Stock: Housing Trends in the Houston Area 

      Walker, Kelsey (2017)
      The Houston area confronts major demographic change and sustained population growth coupled with increasing economic inequality and quickly shifting development patterns. Providing a range of housing options that satisfy ...
    • Funding Primer: Harvey Relief and Recovery 

      Villegas, Carlos; Wowk, Kateryna; Shelton, Kyle; Lightbourne, Jesseca; Patterson, Grant (2017)
      This primer is intended to inform decision makers and the public about the complicated process of financing disaster response. This work shows how federal, state and local funding have provided and will provide relief to ...