Houston got rich on urban sprawl, and now it’s paying the price

2019-04-04 05:05:01

Thomas B. Shea/AFP/Getty Images In the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, controversial New York Times columnist Bret Stephens concluded: “The best lesson the world can take from Texas is to follow the path of its extraordinary economic growth on the way to environmental resilience.” Perhaps he missed the pictures, but the fourth largest city in the US is under water. The 75-trillion litre deluge damaged 185,000 homes, destroyed 9000 and forced 42,000 people into shelters. If the estimated cost of $180 billion proves right,