It’s Wednesday — and it just so happens we’re now over the hump on the ballots for the 2016 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate, too. Quick refresher: So far voting has begun for Favorite Houston Design Cliché, Best Demolition, the “Where Are They Now?” Award, and Best Industrial Incident. The official list of nominees for this year’s Award for Special Achievement in Parking is now ready for your perusal, too; thanks again to everyone who joined in to help round up the contenders.
Remember, you can stuff the ballot box by voting 4 times for this award — that’s once by commenting below, once by shooting us an email, and once each by Facebook and by Twitter. Get the complete details here to make sure your votes count, and don’t forget to ask your friends to help push your nominee to the top! All votes are due by 5PM on Tuesday, December 27th.
Who made the greatest strides this year in the oft-stagnant field of parking? Take your pick from the nominees below:
1. Parkside Parking on Allen Pkwy., Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Opening up the green space by adding more gray space: “Parking added to Allen Pkwy. has been a game-changer — the redo swapped out the eastbound de facto freeway frontage for a new west-bound stretch of 175 extra-long spots along Buffalo Bayou Park.”
2. Heights Blvd. Paveover, Heights Mercantile. A bit of Heights de-densification: “When the request for a variance to the off-street parking ordinance hit a snag, the developers solved the problem in a laudably car-friendly way: by buying 2 more buildings next door to the development, knocking them down, and putting a surface parking lot on Heights Blvd.”
3. Astrodome Basement Parking Plan, Harris County. A true-to-form Houston mashup: “There is nothing that says ‘Houston’ quite like filling the floor of the 8th Wonder of the World and our city’s greatest historic landmark with a basement-level parking garage.”
4. Historic Flattenings on Louisiana St., Lancaster Hotel. Another parking gem polished up out of the nearby rough: “The Lancaster Hotel’s creation of a brand new Downtown surface lot to hold 50 cars out of the 2 musty 100-year-old buildings next door is a very special achievement.”
5. Parklet-to-Parking Conversion, Montrose Whole Foods. Helping a forgotten corner become what it was always meant to be: “After letting the corner of the parking lot languish as largely unused green space, they corrected course and helped the remaining land fulfill its stripy destiny.“
6. Imitation Fig Leaf Parking Garage Coverup, Rice University. A little privacy for parking business: “It’s not done yet, but the under-construction garage alongside the new admin building will be covered in simulated fig greens to hide all those sensitive parking spots from the Med Center’s prying eyes.“
Who’s earned the prime spot? That’s up to you — voting opens now!
- How To Vote in the 2016 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate
- Swamplot Awards Ballots 2016 [Swamplot]
Images: Finial Group (Heights Mercantile siteplan), Harris County Engineering Department (Astrodome plans), KineticD (cleared lot and pecan tree on Louisiana St.), Randy Saad (Whole Foods), Rice University (garage rendering), Swamplot inbox (all others)