In this talk, William Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, will discuss Houston as a prototypical, sprawling Sun Belt city.
Houston is on the front lines of sprawl. Known for its free-market approach to development, Houston is consuming new land faster than almost any American city, according to a recent analysis by the New York Times. At the same time, Houston faces natural disasters that are expected to become more intense with climate change, and rapid gentrification that threatens to displace residents and worsen inequality.
In this talk, William Fulton will discuss Houston as a prototypical, sprawling Sun Belt city. He’ll explore questions such as:
- Can Houston use market-based forces to tame sprawl?
- Can the city use land conservation to protect against flooding?
- Can a free-market, fast-growing city like Houston become more resilient in the age of climate change?