How can we make sprawling Houston feel urban and walkable?

11.08.17 /

With thorough research and careful planning, existing regulations and incentives do offer the opportunity for walkable, creative, and urban-feeling development in Houston. But with strict regulations and only optional incentives, developers are not always motivated to put in the extra effort. Even so, individual developments can only do so much, as connections and context are paramount in placemaking and walkability.

Construction Starts at 3501 Harrisburg


Excavation and demolition begin today at 3501 Harrisburg on the new parking lot and landscaping improvements. Once completed, the parking and exterior aesthetic improvements will support the already renovated historic structure.

Fill Up on Art on the Corner of Bissonnet and Shepherd

10.02.17 /

At the corner of Shepherd Drive and Bissonnet Street just south of 59, there is a gas station where the pumps have been removed, along with the former tenant, 4949 Convenience Store. Swamplot reports a 3-story cafe and office building will soon take its place.

Until then, the vacant space has been handed off to installation artist Trey Duvall, who outfitted the otherwise undisturbed…

A First Look at the Three-Story Cafe and Office Building

09.27.17 /

Here are a couple renderings from the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture in Austin of the new 3-story building the firm is designing for the corner spot at 2132 Bissonnet St. in Boulevard Oaks. A representative of the Platform Group, the building’s developer, tells Swamplot an “all-day cafe/coffee shop” is being planned for the ground floor, and that the upper 2 floors will contain “boutique office space.” The cafe won’t be a Gringo’s Tex-Mex, but the…

Demolition Inside 4949 Proceeding Extremely Slowly

09.27.17 /

If you’ve ever wished you could watch a wrecking ball go wild inside a convenience store, here’s your chance. A crowd gathered outside the former 4949 C-store at the corner of Bissonnet and Shepherd over the weekend to watch artist Trey Duvall’s kinetic demolition installation in action. The installation features wrecking balls connected to computer-controlled motors mounted on the ceiling wreaking havoc on what remains of the…”

How urban or suburban is sprawling Houston?

09.21.17 /

As the nation’s fourth most populous city, Houston is clearly an urban center, and yet the lifestyle it provides is largely suburban. Many people live what could be mistaken for a typical suburban life – residing in single-family detached homes, driving cars to work, shopping at big-box stores and dining in strip centers. How urban, or suburban, is Houston really? How do we even define what is urban and suburban?