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Harvey, Houston, and Land Development Transparency

As the debate rages on–and it will for the foreseeable future–John Jacobs, a professor of watershed management at Texas A&M University admits that “almost all of the flooding in Houston is the result of poor development decisions.” But, he goes on to note that transparency, not regulation, would fix the problem:

“I’d like to see a sign in every subdivision that shows where the water came up to during each storm. If you can shine a light on things you can make a tremendous difference. Let people make their own choices, and you won’t need any regulation.”

The Wall Street Journal–In Harvey’s Wake, Houston Re-evaluates Real Estate Development




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