Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and a large portion of Southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana. In some areas, Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of rain. Many families and business owners have lost everything. Rebuilding lives and communities will take years, presenting significant challenges as well as opportunities to set Houston on a more sustainable path.
For decades, the Houston metropolitan area has set records for population and economic growth. In 1990, Harris County, which contains Houston and 33 other cities, had a population of 2.8 million residents. Today, the county has more than 4.5 million people.The above excerpt was originally published in The Huffington Post.