Hurricane Harvey, the worst rainfall ever to hit the Greater Houston area, helped shape and redefine Kinder Institute's research and public engagements during the latter part of 2017. Collective efforts on post-Harvey activities positioned the institute as a leader in local and national conversations on important urban issues.

Although post-Harvey solutions shifted the primary area of focus, the Kinder Institute continued to be the leader on other pressing issues. Close to two dozen research reports were released, focusing on a wide range of policy concerns including gentrification, affordable housing and transportation.

In February, the Urban Data Platform, a data repository of research-ready geocoded data for the Houston metropolitan area, was unveiled. The interactive Houston Community Data Connections dashboard was launched in October.

The Kinder Institute’s Urban Edge continued to cover important urban policy issues for Houston and beyond, attracting attention from national and local media outlets.