The New York Times continued the national coverage of flood insurance (see the WSJ last week) on the weekend with a long-form piece on The Woodlands. Their writers (John Schwartz, James Glanz, and Andrew Lehren) went deep on a family who bought their home in The Woodlands in 2011, with the reassurance from the builder that the house was definitely out of the “flood zone”.
It is time to name a 21st century phenomenon by which bad news or possibilities are blown out of proportion. Examples would be self-diagnosis on the web (by which sniffles can turn into brain cancer), or the appearance that events in the news are worse than they actually are. Maybe we could call it “Negativity Amplification”. We could even look at Harvey to explore it.
Inevitably, let’s check out Houston and Harvey. It’s not the first time we have looked at Houston (or the second, third, or fourth), because Harris County is the flooding capital of the Americas. Forget about 500 year flood zones – Houston has 6 month flood zones.
Last week, the President introduced an initiative to streamline the regulatory process around federal infrastructure construction projects (read about it here, or here). As introductions go, it was not exactly textbook, so maybe “released” is a better term than “introduced”.
Here we are in the dog days of summer, and because we can’t just write about wildfires every week it’s time for the Top 3 posts from Q2.