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Helping Create and Improve Communities since 1971
Helping Create and Improve Communities since 1971

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In August of 2017 Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area with its overwhelming rains. Many are asking what Harvey will mean for Houston’s economy and real estate markets over the long term. CDS has had and will continue to have opportunities to consider these questions in our work. First though, we want to revisit the storm and share our team's stories from Harvey’s onslaught and aftermath.
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Urban Equilibrium is an ideal status that many smaller cities pursue but rarely achieve. Picture a city where the number of residents and businesses are equally balanced. Imagine a housing stock where the type and price range of houses accommodates all segments of the community. Reaching Urban Equilibrium means all existing residential, commercial, and industrial development are utilized without pockets of vacancy or blight. Follow the six steps outlined in this article to help your City get on the path towards Urban Equilibrium.
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Every year CDS produces a land use and demographic profile for The Energy Corridor District—a business district on Houston’s west side. Each edition includes a thorough land use and demographic profile as well as projections for the future. For the 2017 edition CDS provided multiple future projections, accounting for a new land use trend that is gaining popularity in Houston and other parts of the country: place-oriented and mixed-use development.
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During the oil slump, demand for large home sites fell as luxury home sales slowed. However, as oil prices have climbed back above $50 a barrel, demand for large home lots is expected to grow, said Steve Spillette, president of Community Development Strategies.
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G​rowth and development in Conroe, Montgomery and Willis were the focal points of the inaugural Lake Conroe Summit 2017, which was hosted by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce March 31. ...Steve Spillette, CDS Community Development Strategies President, served as the keynote speaker and presented the findings from his study, which forecasts the growth of the Lake Conroe area out to the year 2045. Read more: http://www.cdsmr.com/newsworthy/steve-spillette-speaks-at-2017-lake-conroe-summit
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Is your downtown in need of revitalizing? Unpredictable economic conditions and changing demographic trends create challenges for aging urban centers. CDS can conduct a market analysis to develop a realistic vision of how to generate new investment within your downtown. Our plans are comprehensive, actionable, supportable and measurable.
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You might have seen this graphic passing around the internet this week. Are the strawberries below red or gray? It turns out they're actually gray. Read this article to find out why, and also for some insight into one big illusion that is often perpetuated in economic development circles--that job creation is always about the numbers. Companies often come into a community wanting incentives and promising jobs. But are the jobs they're promising worth the incentive?
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For seniors who are thinking about downsizing or retirement, there’s another option out there that’s growing in popularity: senior cohousing. This communal housing model is particularly well-suited for seniors because it offers a support system and social environment not normally available in conventional retirement communities. By design, cohousing residents live in a close-knit arrangement that encourages neighbors to know and help each other. The objective is to create and maintain a small community of seniors who share skills, interests, and a vision of mutual support and friendship—while still preserving and respecting individual privacy.
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Michael Prats joined CDS in January 2017 as a Senior Market Analyst where he provides demographic, economic and real estate market research, analysis and evaluation for a variety of private and public sector clients.
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The Westchase District, which sits on Beltway 8 between Terry Hershey Trail and Brays Bayou, saw a host of new development in 2016. Most notably, it saw the opening of Houston-based Phillips 66's (NYSE: PSX) new campus, which spans 1.1 million square feet. The district also welcomed a new Whole Foods that's double the size of the area's previous Whole Foods, as well as a 46,000-square-foot technology-facing co-working space at 2101 CityWest Blvd.
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