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American Water Summit 2017 – Proactive Partnerships

​As the American water sector responds to new federal infrastructure initiatives and the recovery of key industrial end-markets, leading public and private representatives will discuss the opportunities for private sector involvement and technological innovation across three session strands: Emerging Opportunities, Chief Technology Officer Forum, and Leading Utilities of the World. Austin, TX. Learn more and register... Read more

Buffalo Bayou Park and Designing a Resilient Future for Houston

​As Hurricane Harvey affected the Houston area, many of the most poignant and striking images shared on social media featured before-and-after scenes of the flooding. One of the many landmarks being used as a yardstick for the storm’s power is Buffalo Bayou, an urban park and greenspace. The park shows the challenges of resilient design within the Houston metro area, a floodplain that’s seen its population and development rapidly expand over the last decade. Read more... Read more

How Transit Can Speed Houston’s Recovery

In Texas,​ waitlists for rental cars are vertiginously long, gas prices are spiking, and the 32,000 who escaped flooding in shelters are now fanning out to other forms of temporary housing. Many Houstonians are grappling with how they’ll get to their jobs, their shattered homes, and to their children’s schools, minus car keys. This is the time to get with METRO. Read more... Read more

Houston’s ‘Wild West’ Growth

​Houston calls itself “the city with no limits” to convey the promise of boundless opportunity. But it also is the largest U.S. city to have no zoning laws, part of a hands-off approach to urban planning that may have contributed to catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey and left thousands of residents in harm’s way. Read more... Read more

How Houston’s Sprawl Makes It Harder to Cope With Storms Like Harvey

While any city would be overwhelmed by so much rain in so little time, land use in the Houston region has made a difficult situation worse. Woods and prairies that used to provide a measure of resilience against stormwater are now covered in impervious surfaces, and development has sprawled into low-lying floodprone areas, increasing the public’s exposure. Read more... Read more

An Industrial Shell Becomes City’s Gathering Place

​At the turn of the millennium, the 26-acre Pearl Brewery in San Antonio was abandoned and desolate—a collection of empty buildings and pavement with only five trees. Now the ambitious Pearl Brewery Redevelopment is an economic and social powerhouse, drawing an average of more than 10,000 visitors to events weekly, including 3,000 shoppers at a farmer’s market. Thirty locally run businesses thrive in the district, which is known for its restaurants. Read more... Read more

More than a Few Trees: Parks add Economic and Intrinsic Value to Communities across North Texas

Communities across North Texas are developing at rapid rates. But as populations increase, neighborhoods expand and more businesses move to the area, several parks departments are working to carve out green spaces for residents to enjoy. Since July is National Parks and Recreation Appreciation month, Renee Jordan, chief park planner at Plano Parks and Recreation, took a minute to reflect on the true value of a local park. Read more... Read more

Dallas is Getting a $600 Million Urban Park That’s More Than 11 Times As Large As Central Park

​Dallas is getting a lot greener. The city is building a 10,000-acre nature district — nearly 12 times as large as Manhattan’s Central Park — along the Trinity River. Featuring plenty of walkways, sports fields, trees, and other flora, the site will become one of the largest urban parks in America. Read more... Read more

Adding Green Space and Value in Houston’s Upper Kirby District

​A $15 million redevelopment of Houston’s Levy Park resurrects a green space that for years was little more than an afterthought. The mid–20th century six-acre park officially reopened in February, 19 months after the park’s reconstruction began. Throughout the day, thousands of people took in a central playground flanked by two large lawns, 30 mature oak trees, rain and community gardens, a dog park, and other elements. All were designed to foster a heavy dose of daily programming such as... Read more
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