The Urban Edge is a news platform of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston, Texas, that encourages conversation and engagement around our own research while also drawing on insights and perspectives from other sources. Our main focus is the Houston metropolitan area, but given the shared challenges facing many cities, our editorial scope often includes the wider Texas Triangle megaregion, the Sun Belt and even farther-flung locales.


The views, information or opinions expressed in Urban Edge posts are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.


The blog is a platform for Kinder Institute staff, freelance journalists, community members and experts from around the country.

The Urban Edge is open to submissions related to urban planning and design, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, health, economic development, criminal justice and other topics. In addition to reported pieces, we also offer a platform for first-person narratives that examine an urban policy topic from a personal point of view to highlight a larger issue. We also seek out experts to weigh in on current events and trends.

If you think you have a story idea that fits what the Kinder Institute is all about—data-driven analysis aimed at informing urban policy and development—send an email to us with a little bit about your background, story idea and why you’re the right person to tell the story. The Kinder Institute pays for freelance stories, depending on the extent of reporting and length.

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Our mission is to share fresh ideas about the ways cities work. By republishing our content, you’re helping us achieve that goal. The Kinder Institute retains copyright to all original materials published to the Urban Edge. However, we grant republication rights to our original content to any organization that complies with the following rules:

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Repeated violations of these policies will result in your media outlet being denied future permission to republish.



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