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East End Houston Hosts Texas Society of Architects Tour

East End Houston Hosts Texas Society of Architects Tour

More than 3,000 architects and associated professionals gathered at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center for the Texas Society of Architects 75th Annual Convention and Design Expo, the premier design event in the Southwest.

DSCF3817As part of the convention, a special breakout tour of Houston’s East End was provided to interested parties. Coordinated and hosted by Doug Childers, Vice President of Morris Architects and current Board Chairman of the East End Chamber of Commerce and France Castañeda Dyess, President of the East End Chamber of Commerce, the two-hour bus tour rolled through the East End. Diane Schenke, President of the Greater East End Management District, and Anton Sinkewich, President of the East Downtown Management District, were both on hand to provide commentary of the urban planning, architecture, and development of their home turf.

DSCF3830The tour included stops at the Skelly Family’s renovation project of old Houston Fire Station #2 and accompanying Victorian bungalows, lunch on the Navigation Esplanade served by the East Ender Chef John Avila of El Burro & the Bull, and a tour of START Houston, the East End’s own co-working technology incubator.

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METRO Releases Transit-Oriented Development Study

METRO Releases Transit-Oriented Development Study

As Houston’s population grows, METRO is also expanding its transit network to meet the region’s transportation needs. More and more residents are seeking walkable neighborhoods with access to transit. The completion of METRO’s Red, Purple, and Green light-rail lines, along with the redesigning of the local bus network in 2015, gives both public and private entities a chance to encourage transit-oriented development that supports walking, biking, and transit use.

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Downtown Houston Seeks Public Engagement for Plan Downtown

Downtown Houston Seeks Public Engagement for Plan Downtown

The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) kicks off the public engagement phase of Plan Downtown with the launch of My Downtown, an interactive survey and mapping tool designed by project consultant and international interdisciplinary planning and design firm Sasaki Associates. “My Downtown is an integral piece of the community engagement strategy for Plan Downtown, a new 20-year vision that will position Downtown at the forefront of Houston’s advancement as a global city,” said Bob Eury, Executive Director of the Downtown District. “Along with text surveys, public workshops and topical focus groups, the My Downtown survey results will provide us with indispensible insight into the ways in which people experience Downtown Houston, whether they’re residents, workers or visitors.”

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