Robert Barnstone

Stories

Elementary Watson

After only two years on the job, he’s gotten Austin’s environmentalists and developers to work together. That’s why Kirk Watson is our first annual Best Mayor for Business.

Will This Be the Most Important City of The Twenty-first Century?

Forget what you’ve heard about Mexico City’s “urban hell.” From its well-organized workers to its highly evolved social system, it could be NAFTA’s greatest economic success story.

Protection Racket

Ross Perot’s new book says free trade will wreck the country. But his solution would do more harm than good.

¡Viva la Diferencia!

Want to do deals in Mexico? Get ready for hugs, long lunches, and other mysteries of the country’s business culture.

Buyer, Beware

The Texas real estate market is healthier than it has been in years, but watch out: The patient could suffer a relaps anytime.

Border Bonanza

Look for Texas to win big with North American free trade, as U.S. exports boom and Mexican companies migrate north.

It Can Happen Here

As the banking crisis of the future unfolds, the president will try to convince us that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Too bad we won’t believe him.

Asset Hound

When rusty Rose talks, people with money listen.

High Risk Policy

An insurance company imbroglio—full of high rollers, big deals and pitched battles—ended with a bang, and a few whimpers.

Finders Keepers?

The feds are trying to get our gas again; this time they’ve gone all the way to the Supreme Court.

Finders Keepers?

The feds are trying to get our gas again; this time they’ve gone all the way to the Supreme Court.

Split Decision

Analysts can’t decide whether Tom Browne, Inc., is a silk stock or a sow’s ear.

Split Decision

Analysts can’t decide whether Tom Browne, Inc., is a silk stock or a sow’s ear.

Between the Sheiks

John Connally proves that business makes for strange bedfellows.

Solar On Ice

You can get burned with solar energy equipment—and not by the sun.