Lydia currently inhabits the Texanomics vertical at the Houston Chronicle. Some favorites: 

Making room for makers,” July 2017.

When the government doesn’t pay enough to live on,” July 2017.

The sugar wars are still raging, and this candy maker is just trying to hold on,” June 2017.

The secrets of America’s highest-income county,” June 2017.

In the Texas vs. California rivalry, California is winning,” June 2017.

As NAFTA reset looms, Texas exports are already declining,” June 2017.

Have businesses lost control of the agenda in Texas?” June 2017.

Auto dealerships are America’s most powerful middlemen,” June 2017.

Home is where the heartland is,” June 2017.

Why the Houston Rodeo matters to tiny towns hundreds of miles away,” May 2017.

While oil and gas rebounds, offshore jobs remain hard to find,” May 2017.

The models on OTC’s runway,” May 2017.

Winners and losers in Trump’s tax plan,” April 2017.

What’s really driving the construction worker crunch?” April 2017.

The limits of laissez-faire housing policy in Houston,” April 2017.

When downtown becomes a playground, where can its workers afford to live?” April 2017.

In a city where bigger is better, can Houston build a startup scene?” March 2017.

Trump budget would hit Texas hard,” March 2017.

The Brahman Connection,” March 2017.

For an old bull rider, cutting horses are the next best thing,” March 2017.

The rodeo honors a bronco matriarch,” March 2017.

In the Permian basin, a race to become the Uber for the oilfield,” February 2017.

State lawmakers take aim at low-income housing,” February 2017.

Occidental finds strategy for growth: Hold the layoffs,” February 2017.

How to avoid taxes, the easy way,” February 2017.

Dodd-Frank hasn’t hurt banking or the economy, evidence shows,” February 2017.

Alternative facts underlie Trump’s push to ditch Wall Street regulations,” February 2017.

Texas’ biggest tax incentive set to double by 2022,” February 2017.

There’s a huge imbalance in how Texas provides for its old people,” Jan. 2016.

Houston is a city of opportunity – but for whom?” Jan. 2016.

People are still listening to Art Laffer,” Jan. 2016.

“Could Trump’s trade barriers pull manufacturing back to the U.S. side of the border?” Dec. 2016.

The peso’s plunge is a problem for Texas’ border cities – and Trump could make it worse,” Dec. 2016.

Warding off the resource curse,” Dec. 2016.

An Obama administration’s appeal to Donald Trump,” Dec. 2016.

Technology is driving up healthcare costs, and that’s good for Houston,” Dec. 2016.

The Dallas Miracle,” Dec. 2016.

When your house is a trap,” Dec. 2016.

Trump’s effect on Texas isn’t just about regulations,” Dec. 2016.

Fed raises interest rates, signaling an improving economy,” Dec. 2016.

Crippled by the oil bust, Eagle Ford shale towns pin hopes on Mexico’s appetite for fuel,” Dec. 2016.

Guess which county reaps more oil and gas royalty income than any other in the country?” Dec. 2016.

Suffering scrap industry sees possible recovery,” Dec. 2016.

A tale of two shale plays,” Dec. 2016.

If Trump were actually serious about manufacturing,” Dec. 2016.

Last-minute injunction creates a patchwork of compliance with rule that’s now likely dead,” Nov. 2016.

The amazing decline in Texas homelessness,” Nov. 2016.

Ford says Donald Trump influenced decision to not move production to Mexico,” Nov. 2016.

Hunting is a lifeline for hard-hit oil towns,” Nov. 2016.

In Texas, counties with higher turnout vote Republican,” Nov. 2016.

How economics does (and doesn’t) affect support for Trump in Texas,” Nov. 2016. (And the post-election update.)

Wheelchair tennis a love game for many,” Oct. 2016

The economics of Donald Trump,” Oct. 2016

Robots are changing everything. Including Houston.” Oct. 2016

The Re-education of Richard Florida,” Oct. 2016

It’s almost Super Bowl time. Will it be worth it?” Oct. 2016

A window into the exploding power of eminent domain,” Oct. 2016

Business alliance chief ‘not prepared to advocate’ for hosting the Olympics,” Oct. 2016

Former energy industry workers begin to move on,” Oct. 2016.

A life in limbo,” Oct. 2016.

Houston is no longer Texas’ high-growth darling,” Oct. 2016.

Where is economic growth going to come from?” Sept. 2016

Global elites try to figure out how they lost the narrative on trade,” Sept. 2016.

Wages finally grow, but not for everyone,” Sept. 2016.

A whole new industry is popping up around ‘remote work,'” Sept. 2016

Why Texas holds the key to carbon taxes,” Sept. 2016.

Self-checkout and the limits of automation,” Sept. 2016.

Yes, Mexico competes with the U.S. — but how it cooperates is more important,” Sept. 2016.

Payday lenders retreat in the face of new restrictions,” August 2016

Trump’s immigration proposals could be a nightmare for Texas,” August 2016.

Louisiana floods are just another blow for state battered by economy, fiscal crisis,” (plus sidebar), August 2016.

Pressure is rising to end system that allows disabled workers to be paid pennies per hour,” August 2016.

Houston still has a racial problem when it comes to police shootings,” July 2016.

The dangerous workplace practice behind Buc-ee’s lawsuit against a former worker,” July 2016.

Character builder: Houston’s zoning battles,” July 2016.

Study finds no disparities in Houston’s police shootings,” July 2016.

The most amazing number in today’s economy,” July 2016.

Houston’s schools adjust to an oil bust, after gearing up for a boom,” July 2016. (Plus accompanying graphics)

The hidden real estate boom that’s creating businesses you didn’t realize exist,” July 2016.

Why a Houston hotel decided to pay a $12 minimum wage,” June 2016.

World steel producers are fighting a trade war. Here are the casualties,” June 2016.

Cheap oil was supposed to be good for the global economy. That was wrong,” June 2016.

Any way you look at it, Houston’s wages are falling behind,” June 2016.

With energy in retreat, healthcare dominates Houston job growth,” June 2016.

The deceptive diversity of Houston beyond oil,” (and more graphics), June 2016.

Houston manufacturing isn’t like the rest of Texas,” June 2016.

Auctioneering industry thrives in oil downturn,” June 2016.

If you don’t like the strong dollar, blame cheap oil,” June 2016.

Oil prices are rising, but all those jobs aren’t coming back,” May 2016.

Houston tech scene looks to China for the capital it’s been lacking,” May 2016.

Raising the minimum wage would matter the most in Texas,” May 2016.

When losing a job means leaving the country,” May 2016.

Zoning is not what makes Houston cheap,” May 2016.

Checking Texas’ entrepreneurial pulse,” May 2016.

Federal rules on payday lenders would add teeth to new local laws,” May 2016.

We’re beginning a massive experiment on the farm economy,” May 2016.

(all)

 

Best of The Washington Post

Baby boomers are taking on ageism — and losing,” August 2016.

The battle to protect fighters in the fastest-growing, least-regulated sport in America,” April 2016.

Leaked documents show strong business support for raising the minimum wage,” April 2016.

The minimum wage sweeping the nation might kill jobs — and that’s okay,” April 2016.

What we know about the people who clean the floors in Silicon Valley,” March 2016.

Sweetgreen’s blind spot?” March 2016.

In a fight between nurses and doctors, the nurses are slowly winning,” March 2016.

Meet the government guys standing up for franchise workers and contractors,” March 2016.

The lawyers who are fighting for the same rights as janitors,” February 2016.

Uber-type work is just a band-aid for stagnant wages — but that could change,” February 2016.

Disabled people are allowed to work for pennies — but maybe not for much longer,” February 2016.

How the birthplace of American labor turned on its unions,” February 2016.

A huge coal miners pension plan is on the brink of failure. One senator is blocking a fix.” February 2016.

What happens to a tiny town when Walmart disappears?” February 2016.

Public sector unions are under threat. Police unions may be another story.” January 2016.

To retain drivers, some trucking companies try giving them a voice on the job,” January 2016.

“Feeling stuck in your job? Blame management consulting.” January 2016.

The under-the-radar profit-maximizing scheduling practice that can put workers in a ‘downward spiral,'” January 2016.

How worker-friendly laws changed life as a server in San Francisco restaurants,” January 2016.

So, you have a minimum wage job. Now what?” December 2015.

Meet the lefty club behind a blitz of new laws in cities across the country,” December 2015.

New federal rules will subject truckers to more monitoring than ever,” December 2015.

For freelancers, getting stiffed is part of the job. Some in New York City want to fix it,” December 2015.

This is what the safety net could look like for on-demand workers,” December 2015.

Ports are the new power plants — at least in terms of pollution,” November 2015.

Restaurants have changed how tips work, and waiters are furious,” December 2015.

The U.S.’ anti-discrimination watchdog is getting more aggressive — and employers are fighting back,” November 2015.

The legal maneuver that allows corporations to pretend that state laws don’t exist,” December 2015.

Foundations look to pay the government for data collection it can no longer afford,” December 2015.

As D.C. considers the nation’s most generous family leave law, pregnant women still lose jobs,” December 2015.

Tech companies, labor advocates, and think tankers of all stripes call for sweeping reforms to the social safety net,” November 2015.

Meet the millennial who coaches people feeling trapped by bureaucracy,” November 2015.

In taking on cosmetologists — and other licensed professions — the White House may have picked a fight it can’t win,” October 2015.

We’ve tried to smooth disabled peoples’ path back to work. Why isn’t it helping?” October 2015.

“‘Everything is a workaround’: Life in Obama’s agencies as Congress does nothing,” October 2015.

How the ‘Walmart effect’ squeezes workers in the vast infrastructure behind your groceries,” October 2015.

Al Jazeera writers continue unionization streak in digital media — this time, not without opposition,” October 2015.

The new trade deal could help millions of workers worldwide — if it’s enforced,” October 2015.

Why it’s hard to legislate good corporate behavior,” September 2015.

Autoworkers reject Fiat Chrysler contract, saying they want a bigger piece of the industry’s recovery,” September 2015.

Inside the battle to overhaul overtime — and what it says about how lobbying has changed,” September 2015.

Labor sees opportunity in the Pope’s arrival, as unions rebuild an historic bond,” September 2015.

Low-wage workers are about to get some of the biggest raises they’ve ever seen,” September 2015.

The World Bank is struggling with its own class divide,” August 2015.

She thought she was entitled to maternity leave. After asking for it, she lost her job.” August 2015.

In landmark case, labor board lets more workers bargain with their employer’s employer.” August 2015.

Walmart’s self-interested shot at reviving the American factory,” July 2015.

Why Walmart, an icon of suburbia, had to urbanize its hometown,” July 2015.

In labor victory, fast food workers in New York to get a $15 minimum wage,” July 2015.

Businesses are getting steamrolled on the minimum wage. Here’s why.” July 2015.

“Minimum wage increases haven’t grown the middle class. $15 might be different.” July 2015.

“Will there ever be an organics label for worker rights?” July 2015.

“The White House is trying to introduce Wall Street to rural America,” July 2015.

“The Supreme Court’s threat to gut unions is bringing the labor movement new life,” July 2015.

The biggest and most disruptive layoffs are coming from the military,” July 2015.

“Why lawmakers introduce bills that are doomed to fail,” July 2015.

“Corporate America beat back its best job trainers, and now it’s paying a price,” June 2015.

“When all else fails to stop White House proposals, Republicans turn to the budget,” June 2015.

Why labor groups genuinely believe they can unionize McDonald’s one day,” June 2015.

“How to pay the help,” June 2015.

“Here’s how government tries to help businesses before free trade destroys them,” June 2015.

“Workers in America have problems. Meet the technologies trying to solve them.” June 2015.

Nike says trade will help it add 10,000 jobs in the U.S. Maybe they’ll replace the jobs it’s still losing.” May 2015.

The next labor fight is over when you work, not how much you make,” May 2015.

Why House cafeteria workers are paid better than Senate cafeteria workers,” May 2015.

$500,000 bail for a Baltimore protestor? Just one thing wrong with how we punish people before they’re convicted.” May 2015.

Why it’s so hard to protect workers caught in global supply chains,” April 2015.

Top regulator says it can’t afford to set safety standards for meatpackers,” April 2015.

A key union appears to be backing away from one of labor’s most prominent campaigns.” April 2015.

Why the federal government still doesn’t obey its own minimum wage laws.” April 2015.

Taking aim at tech industry inequality, Microsoft extends paid leave to thousands of contractors,” March 2015.

Au pairs provide cheap childcare. Maybe illegally cheap.” March 2015.

“It’s illegal to prevent workers from talking about wages. T-Mobile did it anyway,” March 2015.

To fix inequality, Democrats are pushing unions,” March 2015.

On free trade, tea partyers and the left want the same thing,” March 2015.

The airline industry recovered from September 11, but the people who make airline meals haven’t.” February 2015.

DHS budget brinksmanship could leave local governments in the lurch.” February 2015.

A labor dispute slowed America’s ports to a halt. But there’s an even bigger problem.” February 2015.

Why oil refinery workers are striking for the first time in decades,” February 2015.

How a prep school math teacher has exploded the debate over affordable housing in San Francisco,” February 2015.

Adjunct professors get poverty-level wages. Should their pay quintuple?” February 2015.

New tech companies say freelancing is the future of work. But there’s a downside for workers.” February 2015.

Why internet journalists don’t organize,” January 2015.

What happens when app-makers work with the taxi industry, not against it,” January 2015.

What an Ohio fire truck company tells us about globalization and free trade,” January 2015.

The boom-proof economy: How to handle a fracking bust,” 5-part series on riding the wave of natural gas, January 2015.

More nurses are better for patients. Why is it so hard to get hospitals to hire them?” January 2015.

Do workers want ‘flexibility’? Depends on how you define it,” January 2015.

What a housekeeper at Harvard’s hotel tells us about inequality,” December 2014.

How FedEx is trying to save the business model that made it millions,” October 2014.

I lost everything: How airport workers struggle as the economy transforms,” October 2014.

Low wages, no overtime: The downside of being a retail ‘manager,’” September 2014.

At the Uber for home cleaning, workers pay a price for convenience,” September 2014.

Swine for sale: How kids’ livestock shows became a cutthroat (and expensive) business,” August 2014.

It’s hard to build cities for kids. But do they really need them?” August 2014.

Why it’s so hard to find an apartment in Washington D.C.,” August 2014.

Why Denver is trucking its homeless to the middle of nowhere,” August 2014.

How rural poverty is changing: Your fate is increasingly tied to your town,” August 2014.

Chief economists are the new marketers,” July 2014.

This weatherman has farmers’ trust. He also believes climate change doesn’t exist,” July 2014.

Drier than the Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America,” July 2014.

“‘We’ve got ’em on the run’: Texas cities work to rein in payday loans,” July 2014.

“Rank-and-file employees have a lot more power over corporations than they think,” June 2014.

Big Agriculture wanted to reach Millennials, and started a food fight in the process,” May 2014.

Trucking used to be a ticket to the middle class. Now it’s just another low-wage job,” April 2014.

Under pressure, Walmart upgrades its policy for helping pregnant workers,” April 2014.

In Singapore, citizens don’t want babies — or foreign workers either,” March 2014.

This is what a job in the new manufacturing industry looks like,” March 2014.

All eyes on Chattanooga: VW’s workers are deciding the future of unions in the South.” February 2014.

Retail in the eyes of Amazon: Scenes from an industry running scared,” January 2014.

A watchdog grows up: The inside story of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” January 2014.

Sea-Tac’s minimum-wage workers may not get their raise after all,” December 2013.

Can Damon Silvers save organized labor?” November 2013.

Richmond’s rules: Why one California town is keeping Wall Street up at night,” September 2013.

How Goya brought ethnic food to white America,” August 2013.

Quinoa should be taking over the world. This is why it isn’t.” July 2013.

(all)

 

The New Republic

The Drain Catcher,” May 2013.

Uber Mensch,” April 2013.

The Return of the Tourniquet,” April 2013.

An Internet Sales Tax Will Not Destroy Your Freedom,” April 2013.

Want to Read the Law? It’ll Cost You,” March 2013.

“Only Liberals Succeed in SimCity,” March 2013.

How to Close the Tech Industry’s Gender Gap,” March 2013.

What the New Pope Can Learn From the New Economy,” March 2013.

Apple Agonistes,” March 2013.

Microsoft’s Mark Penn Mistake,” February 2013.

Baudrillard and Babes at the Consumer Electronics Show,” January 2013.

Eric Schmidt Just Likes Playing Diplomat,” January 2013.

There’s a War in Cyberspace over Icons vs. Text,” January 2013.

The Downside of the Startup Failure Craze,” December 2012.

Silicon Valley’s Profit-Killing Provincialism,” December 2012.

Can Motivational Office Art Ever Actually Work?” November 2012.

The GOP Can’t Afford to Ignore Cities Anymore,” November 2012.

Can Research Triangle Park Pull Itself Out of the 1950s?” October 2012.

The Internet: Now Just Another Special Interest,” October 2012.

How the Tech Industry Lost an Ally on Immigration,” September 2012.

Unhappy Valley: A Startup Party’s Tinge of Gloom,” September 2012.

Southern Comfort,” June 2011.

Weak Brew,” March 2010.

Bodacious? X-tremely!” February 2010.

Nashville Nation,” February 2010.

Meet the New GOP Centrists,” January 2010.

Disorganized,” October 2009.

The Supreme Allied Commander of Corn,” October 2009.

(all)

 

Washington City Paper

Cover stories:

The Social Networker,” July 2012.

The Almost-Rhee of UDC,” May 2012.

Urbanista!” March 2012.

A More Perfect Union Station,” December 2011.

Eric Colbert’s Rapport,” October 2011.

The Selling of Walmart,” July 2011.

The Economics of Stephen Fuller,” April 2011.

Let it Grow,” December 2010.

Concrete Bungle,” November 2010.

The Smart Growth Set,” September 2010.

Selected columns:

Guest Disservices,” July 2012.

Sticker Shock,” June 2012.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” May 2012.

Blight Flight,” May 2012.

Coffeeshoponomics,” May 2012.

Home is Where the Hardware Store Is,” April 2012.

Virginia is for Hipsters,” March 2012.

Scrap Gap,” March 2012.

Wait-Listed,” February 2012.

Cafeteria Society,” February 2012.

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish,” February 2012.

Miller Time!” October 2011.

The Future of the Past,” September 2011.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” September 2011.

The War at Home,” August 2011.

The Neverending Tourmobile,” July 2011.

No City on the Hill,” July 2011.

The Prophet Motive,” July 2011.

Fiscal Education,” June 2011.

Kennedy Warrin‘,” May 2011.

Bikesharing is Bikecaring,” April 2011.

Frantastic,” April 2011.

Do Fence Me In,” March 2011.

Florida Panhandle,” February 2011.

Broadband of Brothers,” February 2011.

The Builder,” January 2011.

Short-Stacked,” November 2010.

Corner, Meet Pub,” October 2010.

There Goes the Gayborhood,” September 2010.

No Parking,” September 2010.

School House Rock,” August 2010.

Overstimulated,” August 2010.

Can’t Go Home Again,” August 2010.

Here Comes the Sun,” July 2010.

Wisconsin and TM,” July 2010.

American Dream Gone Awry,” July 2010.

Bear Necessities,” May 2010.

Zoned Out,” April 2010.

Hardship Wrecked,” April 2010.

(all posts)

 

Pacific Standard magazine:

Making service work pay,” November 2015.

An election season conversation with Ralph Nader,” June 2016.

 

Selected radio appearances: 

Marketplace on living wages, November 2013.

SCPR on quinoa, July 2013.

Discussion on D.C. Height Act, BBC Newshour, starting at 36:00.

Spiraling Rents in Our Region,” May 2012.

How to Make a Movie in Washington D.C.” February 2012.

Walmart’s New Plans for Washington D.C.,” November 2011.

The Rise of Community Benefits Agreements,” June 2011.

Cultivating D.C.’s Cultural Life,” June 2010.

 

Slate

Hot Air,” July 2009.

The Universal, Single-Payer God,” July 2009.

Et Tu, Scalia?” June 2009.

About Climate Change: Nevermind,” June 2009.

No Fight Left,” June 2009.

(all)

 

The New York Observer

New York Young Republicans Prepare to Unite, Maybe,” June 2009.

Crank or Champion?” April 2009.

Building Stories: 290 Mulberry Confounds Fans, Critics Alike,” March 2009.

When Wall Street Goes Dancing in the Dark,” February 2009.

(all)

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