News Category: Urban Policy

A Playbook for Resiliency:

May 13, 2020

How we approach the challenge of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will define the Texas that we live in going forward. A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans outlines nine principles and associated actions for an inclusive and more resilient Texas.

Opinion: We're the creative capital and we're proving it every day

April 19, 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, write LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo and Austin Economic Development Director Veronica Briseño (MPAff '99), "Austin has found new ways to demonstrate our ingenuity and pride. Businesses are innovating, our legendary creative sector is spreading joy remotely, and our peoples' compassion never ceases to inspire."

Houston Matters: How the pandemic might accelerate urbanization

April 9, 2020

LBJ's Steven Pedigo talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic could speed up urbanization around Texas.

Coronavirus will likely accelerate the urbanization of Texas

April 5, 2020

We must begin now to prepare for our new normal, writes Steven Pedigo, director of the LBJ Urban Lab, in the Dallas Morning News.

Video: Steven Pedigo and Waterloo Greenway's Peter Mullan on COVID-19 and urban public spaces

April 2, 2020

LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo talks with Peter Mullan, CEO of the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, about how COVID-19 is impacting public spaces in our communities. Their conversation was additional material for the debut session of the virtual series LBJ In the Arena.

Video: Steven Pedigo and Richard Florida discuss 'Restarting Our Cities'

April 1, 2020

LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo talked with University of Toronto Professor Richard Florida of the University of Toronto, one of the world's leading thinkers in urban studies and the co-founder of City Lab, about what urban areas will need in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. Their conversation launched the virtual series LBJ In the Arena.

Getting urban economies back up and running after COVID-19

March 24, 2020

A 10-point action plan for economic developers (or economic development organizations)

How our cities can reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic

March 24, 2020

We will get through this pandemic. We will go back to work and school and gather in restaurants and theaters and sports stadiums again. But when we do, cities and their leaders should not simply return to business as usual, write Steven Pedigo and Richard Florida for the Brookings Institution.

Texas's rapid economic growth is reaching its limits. Here's what we should do

Dec. 8, 2019

Arguing that rapid economic growth is reaching its limits in Texas, LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo offers recommendations in a Dallas Morning News op-ed for five central investments the Lone Star State should make to protect its economy.

Riding while drunk and other dangers of the electric scooter craze

Nov. 6, 2019

Steven Pedigo, director of the LBJ Urban Lab, weighs in on the challenges cities face in integrating electric scooters into the urban landscape.