Archive: Columns

Freight Modernization Trends Accommodate Rail’s Growth
Innovations in train safety, power, and scheduling keep freight rail relevant—and face labor and political opposition
Scott Beyer | July 30, 2021
Hyperloop’s Potential for Revolutionizing Freight
Hyperloop developers are promising to make freight transport faster. Do the economics work?
Scott Beyer | July 23, 2021
Why Aren’t West Coast Ports Booming?
Gulf and East Coast labor and economic policies drive port activity up to West Coast levels
Scott Beyer | July 15, 2021
The Next Sharing Economy: Extended-stay Lodging
Long-term leases don’t make sense for certain renters. But neither do short-term rentals. Will the market be allowed to fill the need in-between?
Scott Beyer | July 8, 2021
How Capitalism (Not Regulation) Helps E-Commerce
3 e-commerce companies are a case study in how government laws and systems can make or break an industry
Scott Beyer | June 26, 2021
Is Texas the U.S. Capital of Logistics?
Free trade, a business-friendly climate, and urban agglomeration allows freight to thrive in Texas
Scott Beyer | June 18, 2021
Will Texas Get a Fifth Large Metro?
Texas’ “Big 4” metro areas—Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio—have all exploded with growth. Will a 5th sleeper one emerge?
Scott Beyer | June 10, 2021
How 3D Laser Scanning Cuts Construction Costs
The San Antonio company Reckon Point uses robots to scan building interiors. It joins a crowded field of competitors making inroads with laser technology
Scott Beyer | June 4, 2021
Massachusetts’ “Housing Choice” Could Deregulate Zoning
A heavily-regulated state has made it easier to approve construction. Is it enough to add more housing?
Scott Beyer | May 28, 2021
Co-Working is Poised for a Post-COVID Resurgence
Shared offices could become ubiquitous as employers navigate flexible work schedules
Scott Beyer | May 22, 2021