Our coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic examines the disease's effects on Houston and the surrounding region, both now and once the outbreak is over.

Talking about walking: A conversation with Houston’s first chief transportation planner

Fields became Houston’s first chief transportation planner in January 2020, when the city was working to develop a new vision for an improved I-45 rebuild to send to the Texas Department of Transportation — and right about when many of the region’s other transportation plans and patterns were altered by orders to stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

As COVID-19 ebbs and flows, will there be a sea change in cities? It depends on whom you ask.

Early in the coronavirus pandemic, when New York was the epicenter of the crisis, many made assumptions about the dangers of dense urban areas. Density, they insisted, was the reason New York was devastated by COVID-19 while other parts of the country, including big cities, were faring much better. Sprawl, some contended, was helping to shield the populations of cities like Houston, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Settegast: A case study in endemic racism within Houston’s housing system

This month, the Kinder Institute unveiled its 2020 State of Housing in Houston and Harris County report. This inaugural report chronicles housing needs and affordability challenges, and takes stock of the existing housing supply — all of which are likely to be impacted in the coming months by the COVID-19 pandemic and the oil bust.

As COVID-19 cases surge in Texas, July rent is due for many struggling to avoid eviction

Editor’s note: Houston and Harris County are being hit hard by the dual challenges of COVID-19 and a slowing energy sector. To track their long-term impacts and understand how the region’s housing system is changing over time, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research has published “The 2020 State of Housing in Harris County and Houston” report.

Will the rush to reopen only end up intensifying the economic crisis?

States such as Texas, Florida and Arizona are seeing the progress made in recent months against COVID-19 quickly disappear as infections and hospitalizations increase dramatically. These and other sales-tax-dependent Sun Belt states have been slammed with revenue losses as consumer spending fell dramatically after the shutdowns. As new cases spike in states across the region — many of which were among the nation’s first to begin reopening — it’s not certain how their economies may be further impacted.