The land between the Grand Parkway and Hwy.-6-FM-1960 contained more than 37 percent of the construction sites in Harris County over the last decade, according to the Houston in Flux report and interactive maps released by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research last week. The maps above highlight regions where demolition and construction permits were issued at above-county-average rates between 2005 and 2015. Red shows areas with high demolition rates, blue shows high construction rates, and purple shows spots where both stats beat the average — areas authors Kelsey Walker and Kyle Shelton refer to as high-turnover (mostly concentrated in the Inner Loop and to the northwest).
Each subsection of the walkthrough embedded above contains a “learn more” link that provides access to (and a quick explanation of) various data types that can be displayed. A section on census-tract-level trends (including building, demo, and turnover, as shown up top) is followed by a section allowing a detailed property-by-property browsing of the data, as shown below:
The red-blue-purple demo-construction color scheme stays the same for these close-up maps, with an additional option of displaying building permits (as dashed white outlines). The written report itself also goes into some bigger-picture analyses, discussing trends within each of the increasingly numerous loops around Houston — including the areas inside 610, from 610 to Beltway 8, from Beltway 8 to Hwy. 6, from Hwy. 6 to the Grand Parkway, and the zone beyond SH-99 in northwest Harris County.
- Construction in Houston metro area is far outpacing demolition [Rice University]
- Houston in Flux Report [Kinder Institute for Urban Research]
- Houston in Flux Maps [Kinder Institute for Urban Research]
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Reports
Images: Houston in Flux