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A very interesting article by Bloomberg Business week about the national trend toward the 4+1 podium midrise model that has been exploding across the national, and of course, Houston. Thought this was a very fair article as well. This a great fact based straight forward article that's light on opinion. Both sides are taken into account from the business aspect, to code regulators, to concerned citizens over recent fires. I don't think this is going to slow down. With IBC updating again in 2021 to include timber skyscrapers and better regulations on the use of stick framing that will actually quicken its proliferation it will be interesting how much the city can densify with this continued model of development. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-13/why-america-s-new-apartment-buildings-all-look-the-same EDIT: This was posted here by accident. Please place this in the appropriate forum.
As Houston is now the most diverse city in the country, I hope our inner-loop neighborhoods come to reflect new residents who add to the existing community, infrastructure and institutions, rather than negate what's there in favor of sterilized versions of what hip urban neighborhoods are "supposed" to be like. Changing neighborhoods are inevitable; however, cookie-cutter gentrified communities don't have to be. Here's a snapshot of my community (Third Ward)...Would love to see pics from other historic inner-loop communities as well.
The Houston Section of the American Planning Association Texas Chapter is hosting its fall signature event, " The Texas Big Six 2040 Workshop". With a horizon year of 2040, the planning directors from Texas' six largest cities, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, will present about the major plans, policies, and projects currently underway that will shape the livability, resiliency, and competitiveness of these cities and our region's future. This is one of the few times in history the planning directors from the states' largest cities have been convened for a single workshop and panel discussion. The panelist include: Greg Guernsey, Director of Planning, City of AustinDavid Cossum, Director of Sustainability and Construction, City of DallasCarlos Gallinar, Deputy Director of City Development and Planning, City of El PasoRandle Harwood, Director of Planning and Development, City of Fort WorthPat Walsh, Director of Planning and Development, City of HoustonJohn Dugan, Director of Planning, City of San AntonioKeynote Speaker: Andrew Howard, Team Better BlockOur panelist will provide exciting presentations about how our cities and region will mature from 20th century cities into 21st century metropolises that are livable, desirable world-class places that sustain the health, vitality, and happiness of residents, businesses, and visitors. In addition, ample time has been set aside for conversations and questions between the audience and panelist. Don't miss this opportunity and register now! The Texas Big Six 2040 Signature Workshop Friday, November 21, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan Mickey Leeland School of Public Affairs Cleburne St at Tierwester St Houston, TX 77004 Registration is required. Please register at this link or see the flyer: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-texas-big-six-2040-conversations-about-our-future-registration-13367160537 For more information contact Houston APA at email@example.com Big Six Workshop.pdf