Other stories by Dan Brown

  • Uncorking the bottleneck

    Traffic congestion is one of the toughest problems facing cities, counties, and states, mostly because new construction hasn't kept pace with population growth in major cities.

  • Building the budgeting process

    As in many cities, Houston's equipment replacement process is far from ideal. The city has an equipment acquisition fund of $22 million for fiscal year 2006, but funding levels go up and down yearly, according to the availability of money. So monies available don't always match up with needs.