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What Makes Houston the Most Ideal “Opportunity City?”

Urban theorist Joel Kotkin has been researching how the Houston metropolitan area represents what he calls “opportunity urbanism,” basically, the idea that there’s an environment – politically, socially, and economically – that can allow both individuals and businesses to pursue their aspirations without infringing on one another. Kotkin thinks Houston is not only one of […]

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Urban theorist Joel Kotkin has been researching how the Houston metropolitan area represents what he calls “opportunity urbanism,” basically, the idea that there’s an environment – politically, socially, and economically – that can allow both individuals and businesses to pursue their aspirations without infringing on one another.

Kotkin thinks Houston is not only one of these “opportunity cities” but also might more closely reflect his idea than any other city in the country.

Kotkin will speak at an event Oct. 9 organized by the Greater Houston Partnership, and he joins us to discuss his research findings and what he believes makes Houston the “opportunity city.”

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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