Check out our most-read pieces from 2015

Ryan Holeywell | @RyanHoleywell | December 31, 2015

The Urban Edge blog got a new editor, new writers, and a new website in 2015 (not to mention a ton of new readers). Catch up with all the insights you might have missed this year with this roundup of our most-read stories of 2015.

The brightly colored façade of this home in Houston’s Avenue Place development is typical of the neighborhood. Photo via Ryan Holeywell

The brightly colored façade of this home in Houston’s Avenue Place development is typical of the neighborhood. Photo via Ryan Holeywell

The Most Interesting Affordable Housing in Houston

In Houston, a different type of development aims to offer options as a community stands poised to gentrify.

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Memo to Cities: Most Cyclists Aren’t Urban Hipsters

There’s a prevailing stereotype of cyclists as upwardly mobile urbanites who use bikes by choice. But what about the working poor who bike because it’s all they can afford?

Image via flickr/scottlum.

Image via flickr/scottlum.

Does Urban Planning Have a Race Problem?

In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, one urban planner says her profession needs to consider how it thinks about race.

Image via flickr/dcjohn

Image via flickr/dcjohn

The Troubling Ways Wealthy Parents Pick Schools

Interview data from Houston parents show that when it comes to their kids’ education, race plays a big role in decisions.

Image via flickr/Paul Sableman.

Image via flickr/Paul Sableman.

Why Urbanism Is Considered to be ‘Liberal’

New research suggests an interesting reason why we think of things like density and transit as being for liberals: it all comes down to emotions.

Image via flickr/nasamarshall

Image via flickr/nasamarshall

Forget What You’ve Heard, Houston Really Does Have Zoning (Sort Of)

Space City has a reputation for being the only big American city without zoning. But that reputation is undeserved.

Credit/caption: Image via flickr/BES Photos.

Credit/caption: Image via flickr/BES Photos.

I Was A Teacher. I’m Worried My Daughter Will Follow In My footsteps

I fear she – like many other teachers – will be scapegoated as the reason public education is failing.

 Cream Burger, near the University of Houston campus, is a popular spot in the Third Ward. Image via flickr/Michael Chu.

Here Are Four Myths About Houston’s Growth

Everyone knows Houston is gentrifying quickly and real estate is hot everywhere within the Inner Loop … right?

A DART train stops at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Image via flickr/airbus777.

A DART train stops at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Image via flickr/airbus777.

In Texas, Two Dramatically Different Transit Philosophies Emerge

Dallas and Houston are embracing light rail. But their approaches share little in common.

Seattle's first downtown protected bike lane opened in 2014. Image via Flickr/Seattle DOT.

Seattle’s first downtown protected bike lane opened in 2014. Image via Flickr/Seattle DOT.

Bike Battles: Why We Debate Who Owns the Road

A new book explains the fascinating history of American bicyclists and makes the case for why that history still matters.

 

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