Zoning Battle in League City

by Brian Phillips

In her essay “What Can One Do?” Ayn Rand writes:

Speak on any scale open to you, large or small–to your friends, your associates, your professional organizations, or any legitimate public forum. You can never tell when your words will reach the right mind at the right time.

HOS member Joe Reed […]

Panel Discussion on the Ashby High Rise

by Brian Phillips

On April 14 I appeared on a panel to discuss the proposed Ashby High Rise. The event was hosted by the Baker Institute Student Forum at Rice.

The other members of the panel were:

Jim Reeder, the President of the Southampton Civic Club (the neighborhood nearest the proposed project) Mike Snyder, a […]

Land-use Regulations and the Ashby High Rise

The following was submitted to the Houston Chronicle.

Recent events, such as the release of Stephen Klineberg’s newest survey and the controversy over the Ashby High Rise, have provoked a renewed discussion over land use restrictions in Houston. While such discussions are important, they are meaningless unless they address fundamental principles.

Klineberg’s survey found […]

Speaking Against Zoning in Hobbs, NM

by Brian Phillips

In mid-2005 the Maddox Foundation of Hobbs, New Mexico, proposed to give the city a $15 million grant to “beautify” the city. The grant contract included a stipulation that the city adopt land use controls that met with the approval of the Foundation.

Several months later, I was contacted by a businessman […]

Anatomy of a Smear: “Urban Sprawl”

by Warren Ross

“Urban sprawl” is a smear for geographical expansiveness of a city. It includes an evaluation as well as a description. The word “sprawl” is the giveaway – it connotes ugly spreading out. This begs the question: Ugly to whom and by what standard? Most Objectivists will see this as a smear and […]