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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

Street Changes Could Get More People Walking In Fort Worth

Big changes are coming to Fort Worth thanks to new zoning adopted by the City Council. The foundations of the changes are already visible with broader sidewalks, off street parking and businesses set back further from the street. New buildings have more than one story with store fronts below and residences above. It’s all geared to encourage people to walk where they need to go. Read more... Read more

The Key To Healthier Living In North Texas Might Be Better Urban Planning

When it comes to combating health problems like obesity or diabetes, most people think it’s the responsibility of doctors and nutritionists. But urban planners, architects and engineers play a role as well. The way a city or a building is planned can encourage people to walk more and be healthier in their everyday lives. Read more... Read more

Changes in Landscapes and Buildings Could Help Fight Flooding

A curbside garden filled with native plants that attract and feed bees and butterflies. Roofs covered with plants that slow the flow of water. Barrels and tanks that collect the rain pouring off rooftops. Water quality experts believe that these types of landscape and design features, known as low-impact development, or LID, are both an important part of solving San Antonio’s problems with environmentally degraded waterways and flooding, particularly as the city continues to grow. Read more... Read more
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