2015 Preserving the American Dream Conference

Agenda and Speaker Biographies


Speaker Biographies

Presentations by Conference Speakers

More presentations will be added over the weekend so check back to find presentations not yet listed here.

Session 2: The Texas Model

Vance Ginn Presentation on the Texas Model

James Quintero on Texas Housing Affordability

Ginger Goodin on Texas Transportation Finance

Mike Heiligenstein on the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Session 3A: Transit Issues

Joseph Warren on Cancellation of Arlington Streetcar

Tom Rubin on Streetcars and Transit Affordability

Randal O'Toole on the Future of Public Transit

Session 3B: Transportation Issues

Ron Utt on Transportation Performance Measures

Marc Scribner on Self-Driving Cars

Trey Baker on Public Opinions Regarding Highway Finance

Session 4: Taxi & Shared Rides

Jesse Hathaway on Shared Rides

Meagan Forbes on the Bowling Green Taxi Case

Session 5: The Future of Affordability

Wendell Cox on Housing Affordability

Randal O'Toole on Disparate Impact and Housing Affordability

Alan Pisarski on Transportation Affordability

Barach Feigenbaum on a Realistic Assessment of Autonomous Vehicles

Session 6A: Energy & Environment

Ed Kilduff on Wetlands Regulations

Marlo Lewis on Energy Affordability

Session 6b: Land Use & Urbanism

Tory Gattis on Opportunity Urbanism

Scott Beyer on Market Urbanism

Sam Staley on the Hidden Costs of Land-Use Regulation

Session 7: Rail Debate

Dave Dobbs in Favor of Rail

Tom Rubin in Opposition to Rail

Session 8: Stopping Problematic Projects

Jim Skaggs on Austin Light Rail

Barbara Haselden on St. Petersburg Light Rail

Glen Morgan on Using Video to Influence the Public

Supplemental Papers

Vance Ginn Paper on Why the Texas Model Works

Vance Ginn Paper on Texas' Business Tax

Kathleen Hunker, James Quintero, and Vance Ginn on Reforming Texas' Property Tax

Wendell Cox's 2015 International Housing Affordability Survey

Randal O'Toole's Review of 2014 Austin Light-Rail Proposal

Tom Rubin on How to Review an EIS/EIR

Commuting in America III

Analyses of commuting data co-authored by Alan Pisarski and published by the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.


Role of Overall Travel

Population and Worker Trends

Population and Worker Dynamics

Nature and Pattern of Jobs

Job Dynamics

Vehicle and Transit Availability

How Commuting Influences Travel

Transit Commuting

Bicycling and Walking

Commuting Flow Patterns

Evolving Role of Commuting

Interesting Data (Excel Files)

THe following files are from the 2014 American Community Survey, a Census Bureau survey of more than 2.5 million households. Some of the files for urbanized areas may not include data for smaller urban areas because the sample size wasn't large enough for statistical accuracy.

How people with no cars get to work by urbanized area

Population Change by Race by Urbanized area

Median Home Value by Median Family Income by State

Median Home Value by Median Family Income by urbanized area

Median home price to median family income ratio by state

The following spreadsheets are from the National Transit Database. First is a summary of the 2013 National Transit Database, which includes data for nearly all transit agencies and modes in the nation. An Antiplanner post explains most of the rows and columns in the 2.6-MB spreadsheet. Second is a Historic Database with cost, ridership, and other data from 1991 through 2013.