Working from a remote and undisclosed location, the now-expatriate Houston engineer known as Keep Houston Houston puts together a rough diagram identifying the city’s “traditional” walkable neighborhoods, and comments:
Houston has no shortage of gridded, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Thing is, they’re all kind of squished together. And with a couple of exceptions, they were all platted out before 1935. What’s there is there. We’re not adding to it.
Developer conservatism plays a role, but is ethereal, subject to evaporate as soon as *someone* steps up and proves that suburban [Traditional Neighborhood Development] is sufficiently profitable. But several city standards and rules are standing in the way.
Are Houston’s development rules really the obstacle?
Keep Houston Houston scans through the city’s development ordinance, then throws together a quick design for a residential neighborhood following the basic requirements. What does that end up looking like?
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100′ Arterial (with 2000′ radius curve) leads to 100′ entrance road, which in turn feeds 60-foot collector “loops” and 50-foot local “lollipops.” Detention pond is repurposed as a water feature, adding value and “curb appeal.”
“Master planning,” by the book: Loops and lollipops!
- Street Grids vs. The Government, Part 1 [Keep Houston Houston]
- So Many Delicious Lollipops. I must eat them all. [Flickr]
Diagrams: Keep Houston Houston