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    • 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 this report is to frame discussions with community leaders and local stakeholders about how to address and improve specific ...
    • A Bottom-Up Infrastructure Strategy for American Renewal 

      Cisneros, Henry G.; Fulton, William; Clark, J.H. Cullum; Hendricks, David; Davis, Victoria; (2021)
      As the United States emerges from the pandemic, it is clear that the nation faces a number of major challenges. This report and an accompanying interactive map explore the infrastructure priorities identified by local and regional leaders around the nation. The report also outlines an unconventional bottom-up approach to improvements.
    • A Tale of Two Departments: Public Health in Harris County and the City of Houston 

      Fulton, William; Witt, Alan; Fedorowicz, Nikola; Mokrushina, Ksenia; Shelton, Kyle; (2021)
      The purpose of this report is to take a fresh look at possible service overlaps between the Harris County Department of Public Health and the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services and identify options to reduce those overlaps and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the public health delivery system.
    • 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 long commutes. This report uses data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program, the American Community Surveys ...
    • 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. Many of the areas impacted most by the economic downturn are home to low-income renters, the working poor and single-parent households.
    • 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 resiliency.
    • 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 also served as the strategic research partner for Understanding Houston, Greater Houston Community Foundation's regional indicators ...
    • Annual Report 2020 

      Rougeau, Rose; Kinder Institute for Urban Research (2021)
      In 2020, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research celebrated its 10th anniversary. COVID-19 and a renewed concern over racial injustice would dominate the year, and the institute pivoted its research and events in accordance.
    • Artist-Planner Collaborations: Lessons learned from the arts and culture ecosystems of three Sun Belt cities for a new model of inclusive planning 

      Patterson, Grant; Binkovitz, Leah (2019)
      City leaders have an opportunity to critically engage with community-rooted artists and cultural organizations to orient arts and culture efforts toward communities’ most pressing issues. Through cultural planning analysis of three peer cities — Houston, Denver and San Antonio — this report shows how art can be used in order to promote positive ...
    • Building Stronger Suburbs: Adaptability and Resilience Best Practices From Suburban Houston 

      Shelton, Kyle (2016)
      This report highlights best practices for creating resilient and adaptable development in diverse suburban communities. Faced with both immense opportunities and challenges, these areas must avoid overcommitting to outdated practices that limit future flexibility. Many changes are elevating this need. Shifting consumer preferences are supporting the ...
    • 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 the federal government’s approach to buyouts is the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program and its multiple subprograms, which ...
    • Cementing Millennials Downtown: Expressions and Impacts 

      Pfeiffer, Deirdre; Pearthree, Genevieve; Ehlenz, Meagan (2018)
      The migration of Millennials to urban downtowns is one of the most discussed trends of the 2010s. Downtowns are changing in response to Millennials, but we know less about how or why these changes are occurring. This report helps to fill this gap by exploring how real estate developers are cementing Millennials in the downtowns of two Sunbelt cities, ...
    • Challenges of Social Sector Systemic Collaborations: What’s Cookin’ in Houston’s Food Insecurity Space? 

      Schuler, Douglas A.;Koka, Balaji R. (2019)
      In this study, we seek to understand the nature of collaborations between organizations working in the food insecurity and food desert1 social spaces in Houston, Texas. Within many neighborhoods, the lack of ready access to healthy foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains combines with low incomes, and other factors related to ...
    • Collaborations and Overlapping Services in Harris County Law Enforcement 

      Shelton, Kyle; Fulton, William; Villegas, Carlos; Krause, Matthew; Zhang, Mingming; (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 funding that supports these entities mostly comes from local general funds and, on average, accounts for about 30 percent of local ...
    • 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 practices that should underpin future work in Houston neighborhoods. Further, it documents how these efforts connect directly to the ...
    • Consolidation or Collaboration? Common Solutions to Reduce Overlapping Services in Local Government 

      Lightbourne, Jesseca (2017)
      Across the nation, local governments are increasingly under pressure to perform efficiently and effectively in an environment marked by limited financial resources. For this reason, the topic of overlapping services, which occurs when two or more public entities provide a similar service to citizens within the same jurisdiction,1 has become a major ...
    • Dangerous Crossings: The Links Between Intersections and Crashes in Houston 

      Hu, Yujie; Shelton, Kyle (2017)
      Traffic accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists have increased both in Houston and nationally in recent years. Coverage of this situation relies mainly on statistics that list the number and possibly the location of crashes. However, this information alone is not enough to help policymakers address this deadly problem. This report identifies ...
    • 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. The tools that exist in Houston are similar to those found in peer cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles. And in all three cities ...
    • Disparate City: Understanding Rising Levels of Concentrated Poverty and Affluence in Greater Houston 

      O'Connell, Heather; Howell, Junia (2016)
      The poverty rate of Harris County, which surrounds Houston, rose from 10 percent in 1980 to 17 percent in 2014. That alone is a troubling trend, but equally concerning is the increasing tendency in the Houston area for that poverty to be highly concentrated. Economic segregation appears to be tightening its grip on Harris County and the area’s ...