Urban Development, Transportation and Placemaking 

Featured Research 2017

Dangerous Crossings: The Links Between Intersections and Crashes in Houston 

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Traffic accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists have increased in both Houston and nationally in recent years. Coverage of this situation relies mainly on statistics that list the number and possibly the location of crashes. This information alone, however, is not enough to help policymakers address this deadly problem. This report identifies how the attributes of intersections in Houston correlate with higher crash risks.


Learning from Close Calls: A Glimpse Into Near-Miss Experiences

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Crash data plays a key role in assessing transportation safety. But that data may not fully capture existing safety issues. Near-miss incidents and conflicts between road users can complement crash data to enhance safety assessments, helping identify areas where it may be necessary to take preventive measures against potential injury or fatal accidents.



Taking Stock

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This report provides essential baseline information for answering the housing challenge by documenting the array of residential buildings available in Harris County today and tracking trends in how this pool has changed in terms of age, type and location over the past decade.

Houston and Harris County Housing Conversation 

This report synthesizes the findings from the Houston and Harris County Housing Conversation held on February 17, 2017.

Featured Research 2016

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Kyle K. Shelton, Program Manager and Fellow

This report, a joint effort between the Kinder Institute and the Urban Land Institute Houston, 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 Faced with both immense opportunities and challenges, these areas must avoid overcommitting to outdated practices that limit future flexibility. 

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Kelsey Walker, Kinder Institute Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
Kyle Shelton, Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

This report quantifies, visualizes and analyzes new construction and demolition in Harris County between 2005 and 2015. By showing both demolition and construction, this report spotlights the effects of economic booms and busts, illuminates the locations where development pressures are either most extreme or nonexistent, and draws attention to communities rebuilding themselves within a decade. While these changes are often discussed anecdotally in Houston, and quantifying construction and demolition offers a concrete and nuanced look at how these processes affect different parts of the region. Redevelopment, preservation, outward growth and gentrification can all be spotted in the maps included in the report and in the accompanying interactive online map (http://houstoninflux.com).

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Kelsey Walker, Kinder Institute Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
Kyle Shelton, Kinder Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

At the request of the City of Houston, the Kinder Institute acted as an independent reviewer of the City’s new pothole repair initiative and its attached Potholes Tracker website. Under new Mayor Sylvester Turner, the City has prioritized responding to citizen-reported potholes by the end of the next business day. Since the initiative began on January 4, the City has reported a filled pothole rate of between 93-96 percent on citizen-reported potholes. Kinder Institute researchers were able to confirm these numbers and the method used to create it. However, Institute researchers also suggested a few minor changes to the reporting of the method and data behind the numbers in order to clarify the process for citizens. The details of those recommendations are found in the attached report. A detailed description of the Institute’s method for confirmation and the raw data provided to the Kinder Institute by the City are also available.