It's always interesting to see NOLA in this types of threads. Because, to me, the appeal of that side provides a direct falsification to a lot of the features that people claim as "handicaps" regarding the ability of Houston to "move forward."
For instance, it's interesting how the terminology of "swamp" is used as a derogatory when describing the landscape, weather, etc of the Houston area compared to Austin, Dallas, and other inland Texas cities. But, notice how that very same attribute contributes heavily to the "mystique" that, along with the historical culture and demographics, generates a level of appeal regarding that city.
It's the very same thing with climate. On sites like reddit or elsehwere, a lot of opposition regarding "walkability" in Houston is common refrains of how "its too hot to ever happen." Meanwhile, New Orleans a state away provides direct demonstration of hot, humid walkability, including infrastructural designs, sidewalks, dense mixed-use, etc. A similar phenomenon goes regarding the appeals seen in SE coastal cities such as Charleston, Savannah, as well as St. Augustine in Florida.
Most recently, there's quite a bit of buzz regarding many US cities going through processes of "loosening" their zoning codes. And it's very interesting because in the past (even just, like 10 years ago), the common critique is how "Houston is unplanned mess due to lack of zoning": people talk about "Houston being an example of how NOT to plan your city" (nevermind that a lot of the issues that people refer to regarding sprawl are more the result of suburbanization enabled by Federal policies, along with State-level codes such as the TXDOT legislation, lax county powers, MUDs, etc). Now, it's turning out that Houston was "right" all along regarding the approach to eucledian zoning — and the city actually did not have any mandates regarding setbacks and parking minimums until 1982 and 1989, respectively ... so it's possible that the rhetoric is problematic as it might have caused leaders to "adopt" these policies due to wanting to avoid negative PR of "being unplanned."
Hence, at this point, a lot of these "critiques" against the city, to me, just turn into a "badge of honor" if you will. Gotta truly embrace the "Great Unzoned City in the Swamp": great for building headquarters like this for a master plan 😁
The first step? ELIMINATE PARKING MINIMUMS.
Says who? Yes, the Meyerson is a fine hall (designed for acoustics) but the orchestras have generally been at the same level forever. Jones Hall is a beautiful and elegant Hall. You say it ruins symphony concerts. That’s a joke and I doubt that 99% of concert-goers would even notice a missed note, much less acoustical differences.
Oh really? This is news to me. The Kimball in Fort Worth is by far the nicest museum in DFW. You may have heard that the Dallas Museum of Art just approved an expansion. I hope it goes well. Their current building is clunky for an art museum. They also announced they were laying off 8% of their staff…so much for supporting the arts. The Kalita Humphreys Theater has fallen into disrepair - the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed freestanding theater in the country. Again, so much for supporting the arts…
This is one of the more condescending remarks I’ve seen on HAIF. 🤣 Are you a Parisian? We actually have running water and electricity in the South! Again, if people were listening to the radio I doubt that most people could distinguish between the Boston Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The NY Philharmonic, or the Austin Symphony. Maybe you are a paid music critic and you could. Arrogance turns me off the most when it comes to the arts.