Archive for the ‘Walkability’ Category

Many park destinations are along Houston’s bayous, but often you can’t follow the waterway from one destination to the next. That’s a limitation when you want to travel through the park–walking the dog, running, or biking–as opposed to settling in for a picnic or sunbath.  Happily, the Bayou Greenways 2020 program will fill the missing links between public green spaces with a continuous trail system along the major bayous. (more…)

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Can Coastal Smart Growth be Resilient and Safe?

Could the  French Quarter be a pattern of  coastal community  resilience?

Pierce Lewis called New Orleans  the Inevitable City in the Impossible Place. How would you not have a major city at the mouth of the largest river in North America, draining a vast and productive hinterland?  But what a crazy place to put a city! Coastal areas are inherently hazardous. But they are also inherently attractive. In fact, it is probably safer to say that they are inherently irresistible. People ARE going to settle on the coast, and very often on some of the most hazardous areas of the coast. (more…)

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What is the connection between endangered habitat for ducks on the Katy and other prairies and walkable neighborhoods in Houston?  The connection is that walkable neighborhoods are much more compact than conventional, large-lot neighborhoods. A walkable neighborhood might use as little as 1/10  the space of a conventional neighborhood.  Developing as we have, Houston will consume an additional 1000 square miles of farmlands, prairies, and forests.  So the connection for Houston is 900 square miles!   For a little more detail on this, read this Houston Chronicle editorial on how the light rail could help save some of those square miles of habitat.

Photo Credits: Jim Charlier and Joe Fischer (http://www.pbase.com/joe_e_fischer/image/107684325)

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