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The Kinder Institute for Urban Research  |  Partner


Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a “think and do” tank that advances understanding of the challenges facing Houston and other urban centers through research, policy analysis and public outreach. By collaborating with civic and political leaders, the Kinder Institute aims to help Houston and other cities.

Urban Notebook

Trump Victory Underscores the Important Role of Cities

Even with Donald Trump as president, the future of America belongs to the urban laboratories of democracy.

November 14, 2016
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Finance

Cities Find Creative Ways to Make People More Money-Savvy

When Tameika Isaac Devine was elected to the city council in Columbia, South Carolina, the city already had a long history of programs designed to help residents’ afford homeownership through subsidized, low-interest loans.

January 19, 2016
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Politics & Elections

The 8 Cities With New Mayors Taking Office in January

Can you guess them?

December 22, 2015
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Health & Human Services

A New Way to Track Poverty in Real-Time

For all the resources and attention paid to combating poverty, the whole endeavor suffers from relatively limited data.

December 21, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

Amid Paris Climate Talks, One U.S. City Takes Especially Decisive Action

As United Nations officials worked towards a compromise on the fight against global climate change, cities and regions representing nearly one-fifth of the world’s population took the chance to announce their own accord.

December 14, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

Transit-Oriented Development Doesn’t Need Actual Transit

What if people who live near transit stations drive less and own fewer cars for reasons that have nothing to do with the transit stations?

December 11, 2015
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Urban

10 Ways Cities Are Changing

What will the cities of tomorrow be like? Today's innovations offer clues.

December 7, 2015
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Health & Human Services

Study: Better Housing Improves Mental Health

A new study indicates that moving people into better public housing might result in reduced depressive symptoms, economic disadvantage, perceived community violence, and social disorder.

November 24, 2015
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Urban

Why Urban Design Should Matter to Mayors

An interview with Vicki Estrada, a California-based urban designer whose firm often works with local governments.

November 18, 2015
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Infrastructure & Environment

Most Cyclists Are Working-Class Immigrants, Not Hipsters

Urban planners are noticing a cultural gap between bike advocates and others who bike.

October 26, 2015
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