Other stories by Pierre Villere

  • The Current State of Housing

    While single-family home starts slowly recover, don't minimize the impact multifamily housing has on the new-starts market. Multifamily is growing at almost double the rate of single-family housing.

  • Looking for a Healthy Economy in 2014

    The economy grew at its fastest pace in two years in 2013. Now, with all parts of the economy near or back to their pre-recession highs, we can expect a robust 2014.

  • A Look Back at 2013, and Ahead to 2014

    The performance of the construction industry in 2013 is proof that things are improving. Housing permits and federal spending have both increased.

  • Gulf Coast and West will Boom the next Decade

    The fastest growing area of the U.S. will be the coast of the Gulf of Mexico from the U.S.-Mexico border to the west coast of Florida. The Inland West region will do well also.

  • Will 2013 Signal a Return to Profits?

    Finances improved in 2012, but as a whole, the industry still operated at a loss. 2013 has demonstrated progress, and the author projects the industry will return to profitability this year.

  • Population Growth Guarantees Housing Recovery

    TCP's Concrete Returns columnist Pierre Villere explains why, after grinding to a halt in 2008, new home construction will be a robust market for the next several years.

  • What Lies Ahead for 2013

    The concrete industry's recovery will be very robust for this year and beyond.

  • Slugging It Out

    Ready-mix production could top 300 million yards in 2012.

  • Shoulder to the Wheel

    Leaders have no choice but to reach agreement on the Fiscal Cliff.

  • On the Upswing

    I have spent the last couple of columns talking about the mistakes we made in the last boom, and how to avoid them as we stand on the edge of the recovery. But while we weren’t looking the last several weeks, the housing market has apparently had an upswing, and is showing signs of recovery...