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Your Houston Master Plan: How Would You Design H-Town If We Had a Do-Over?

We talk a lot about master planned communities like The Woodlands — carefully codified, mapped out, zoned, restricted — all with the goal of creating the best possible quality of life for its residents. It’s a century or more too late for the city of Houston to operate like that. We even, at times, celebrate […]

Your Houston Master Plan BannerWe talk a lot about master planned communities like The Woodlands — carefully codified, mapped out, zoned, restricted — all with the goal of creating the best possible quality of life for its residents. It’s a century or more too late for the city of Houston to operate like that. We even, at times, celebrate our general lack of zoning. But imagine you had carte blanche to rebuild all of the city of Houston and its surrounding communities. Build or level buildings, start over with sidewalks, transportation, everything. What would you do? Where would you start? What would it look like? What is your Houston Master Plan?

Today, we pose that question to you, and to a pair of area urban designers: Susan Rogers from the Community Design Resource Center at the University of Houston, and Kinder Baumgardner from the community design firm SWA Group.

Imagine you could take a map of Greater Houston and completely remake it — like a Houston version of Sim City. Let us know what you’d do: e-mail us at talk@houstonmatters.org, or Tweet @HoustonMatters.

 

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