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Minimum Lot Size in Houston: Maps to Protect Your Block

By Jeff Reichman / January 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Minimum Lot Size in Houston: Maps to Protect Your Block

A few weeks ago, I attended a civic club meeting where we talked about minimum lot size restrictions. Many of my neighbors were concerned about townhouse developments in the neighborhood, and the City of Houston Planning Department was on hand to teach us how to apply for minimum lot size protection. Minimum lot size restrictions…

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Evictions in Houston After Harvey

By Jeff Reichman / May 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Evictions in Houston After Harvey

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, everyone in Houston figured that evictions were going to be a problem. There was a lot of media coverage about evictions of vulnerable populations, including some heart-wrenching stories about low income tenants and elderly residents of a Harris County subsidized living facility. The Mayor of Houston pushed back, asking private landlords…

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The decline of low level marijuana cases in Harris County

By Jeff Reichman / September 30, 2018 / Comments Off on The decline of low level marijuana cases in Harris County

Last year, we partnered with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition to develop the first version of the TCJC Dashboard. Since then, we’ve been working behind the scenes to push the limits of what we can learn from these data. Thanks to generous funding from Microsoft, we developed a new version of the dashboard and a…

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How AirBnB could unlock additional funding for the arts

By Jeff Reichman / October 15, 2018 / Comments Off on How AirBnB could unlock additional funding for the arts

This post is a collaboration between Xin Tan, Lara Haase, and Jeff Reichman. On the surface, the hotel occupancy tax (HOT) is an unlikely hero in the battle over funding for the arts. But Houston devotes more HOT funding to the arts than any other city in Texas. Every time we rent a hotel room, 17% of…

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Three Hurricane Harvey Maps: Damage, Response, and Debris

By Jeff Reichman / December 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Three Hurricane Harvey Maps: Damage, Response, and Debris

This is the story of how we helped the City of Houston visualize and communicate the impact of Hurricane Harvey. You may have already seen these maps on Harvey by the Numbers. This isn’t a story about designing the maps and choosing the colors (although that was a lot of fun). This is a story…

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Mapping Child Care Deserts in Texas

By Jeff Reichman / December 11, 2017 / Comments Off on Mapping Child Care Deserts in Texas

Over the summer, we worked with Children at Risk to develop a map of child care deserts in Texas. The map shows where there aren’t enough child care providers, as well as where there is a lack of subsidized seats or high quality providers. Then, using the map as a jumping off point, Children at…

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Map of Harris County Precinct Chairs (Republican & Democrat)

By Jeff Reichman / July 14, 2017 / Comments Off on Map of Harris County Precinct Chairs (Republican & Democrat)

This map updates each week. Check the map credits for the last updated date. Every county in Texas is divided into voting precincts. The two major parties have precinct chairs who serve as election judges, as well as manage a ton of on-the-ground activities for the party. A precinct chair is the lowest level of…

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Where Barbershops Are Disappearing

By Jeff Reichman / August 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Where Barbershops Are Disappearing

I read an excellent article on Gray Matters in the Houston Chronicle called Why Barbershops Are Disappearing. The article points out that, culturally speaking, the barbershop is more than just a place to get a haircut. It’s a place where “men spend time with other men.” There are differences between barbershops that cut along racial…

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Mapping Low Level Marijuana Arrests

By Jeff Reichman / September 1, 2016 / Comments Off on Mapping Low Level Marijuana Arrests

Update: February 20, 2017 Beginning March 1, 2017 marijuana will be effectively decriminalized in Harris County. The DA estimates this will save $25 million a year. Congratulations to DA Kim Ogg, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and everyone involved in this swift policy change. Back in February 2016, Texas Lyceum published the results of a survey that…

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Finding your Houston civic club

By Jeff Reichman / September 15, 2016 / Comments Off on Finding your Houston civic club

There are over 200 civic clubs in the City of Houston. They have fancy names, like Timbergrove Manor and University Oaks. Some of them even have websites. But what do they actually do, and why should you get involved? What are civic clubs? Civic clubs are the most immediate, neighborhood-level form of public sector engagement.…

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