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What Changes Are in Store For Houston’s Historic Preservation Ordinance?

The city of Houston’s Planning and Development Department and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission are reviewing the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. Mayor Parker’s office would like the language in the ordinance to be clearer, but also may want to expand what can be protected and the authority such protections provide. We talk about what […]

The city of Houston’s Planning and Development Department and the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission are reviewing the city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. Mayor Parker’s office would like the language in the ordinance to be clearer, but also may want to expand what can be protected and the authority such protections provide.

We talk about what it means currently to have something in Houston designated as a historic site to be preserved, how the process currently works, what changes may be in store.

We consider whether this, the debate over the Freedmen’s Town bricks, and the long saga involving the Astrodome are signals that this community with a reputation for knocking things down and starting fresh may be beginning to think differently about preserving our history.

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