Is Houston Turning Green?

Jean-Marc Zaninetti

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/v10089-009-0008-z

Abstract


Houston metropolitan area is ranking now the 6th largest in the US, with a growth of 1 million people in 8 years. Despite its success story, Houston suffers from a long-standing environmental bad press. The city is well known for its lack of zoning. However, Houston officials display considerable efforts to "green" their city and improve its reputation. This new policy orientation raises interesting research questions about its effective adaptive capacity to the emerging pattern of sustainable development. This paper aims at assessing the strength and weaknesses of Houston metro area in the framework of the requirements of sustainable development.

Keywords


Houston; booming city; sustainable development; urban sprawl

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