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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

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
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