Because, dear mayor ...
First, more and more of those individuals will soon move to the suburbs, rather than see a pawn shop next to their kids' schools or a porn shop next to their family's church.
Second, you may have planning, and development districts, but they're not the same thing. Not even close.
Third, your planning won't allow for the traffic snarl of another 500,000 or more commuters.
Her response? And, she, or somebody from staff, did respond:
I replied back:@SocraticGadfly No Z-O-N-I-N-G. That horse left the barn long ago. One reason we will overtake Chicago. The others: jobs and geography.-A— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) September 15, 2015
And, yes, I believe that.@AnniseParker Geography? Houston 25 years from now will be like New Delhi on climate ... when it's not inundated by a Rita every 5 years.— SocraticGadfly (@SocraticGadfly) September 15, 2015
Let's take a bigger overall look, dear mayor.
First, you've got an revenue cap down there. Has that horse left the barn? Are you going to have Houston be a mini-California after Proposition 13? So far, I know that answer is no.
Besides that, Houston's population density is light enough, it would be easy to create traditional zoning, with the appropriate grandfathering rules.
Second, per what I said about climate change ... let's say 2040, not 2025; Houston could well be enough hotter to be like New Delhi today. Do you think a bunch of businesses really want to move there? Do you think employees forced to relocate won't do their damnedest to get back out?
As for the other effects of climate change? By 2050, Houston is expected to see the 7th-greatest relative monetary loss related to climate change of any large city. It's the only U.S. city on that particular top 20. More on sea level rise here.
Funny that Her Honor, along with former San Antonio His Honor Henry Cisneros, penned a piece for the Texas Tribune's Trib Talk, less than three months ago.
"How Climate Change Could Devastate the Texas Economy."
Zoning makes for more compact, more economic land development. And, if we continue to drive our cars, it still makes it easier in some ways to put particular types of structures together to use tools of zoning.
Good luck on your neoliberal Senate campaign in 2018