Peter H. Brown

A Call for Innovation at City Hall

A Call for Innovation at City Hall

In my last article, I talked about the need for real innovation in…

A Look at Three Unexpected Presidential Winners

A Look at Three Unexpected Presidential Winners

Donald Trump. Photo: Gage Skidmore   The resiliency of American democracy and…

Moving from Labels to No Labels in 2017

Moving from Labels to No Labels in 2017

Pedestrian Pete is excited about the New Year. Pete clearly understands that this is a strange time of uncertainty and troubles around the world. We will no longer have the steady hand of President Obama to guide our ship of state, and the evolving Trump administration at this point promises more uncertainty. …

Pedestrian Pete’s Message to FPH’s Millennial Readers

Pedestrian Pete’s Message to FPH’s Millennial Readers

Holy smokes! The guy actually won! Even for many of his supporters, this may be the “unthinkable” actually happening to our country. Given the thoughtful and measured character of President Obama,…

An Open Letter to Millennials: Get Out and Vote

An Open Letter to Millennials: Get Out and Vote

Baby Boomers, ages 51 to 75, in part because of their wealth,…

Why Millennials Are Good For Our Future

Why Millennials Are Good For Our Future

Let’s cut to the chase. Millennials want what everyone else wants —…

Are We Becoming Addicted to Our Cell Phones?

Are We Becoming Addicted to Our Cell Phones?

Unlimited data on the Internet is both good and bad. Pedestrian Pete admits that…

More Walkable Neighborhoods — Maybe

A dynamite article in The Washington Post explains that the two largest…

Making Houston a More Walkable City

Pedestrian Pete loves cities and city life; that‘s why I want Houston to be the best it can possibly be (okay, within certain limitations, like weather and traffic) for all of our diverse peoples. There is a great future ahead!…

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Test Your Urban IQ

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Test Your Urban IQ

Suburban Houston. Photo: Christoph Gielen   First, Pedestrian Pete would like to ask,…

Short Takes For a Hot and Troubling July

Yes, these are troubling times for many with Brexit shaking the global economy, police killings on both sides, ISIS and random Middle East bombings, global warming spiking the temperature, Trump raging against just about everything, walkable cities plagued by an invasion of cars from the sprawling suburbs, the awful wealth gap, and nativist unrest against the elites in Great Britain, Europe, and elsewhere.…

What Does Smart Growth Mean?

San Francisco’s Union Square. Photo: San Francisco Playhouse   Pedestrian Pete recently received…