Media Review: Houston Transit Reimagining

Last week, the board of METRO in Houston took the huge step of approving the Transit Reimagining plan, which we are proud to have had the opportunity to work on over the last couple of years. The final map is available here in an interactive view and the new system will be operating in August. In addition to the local praise, the new system has also generated a significant amount of interest from other parts of the country. Here’s a quick round up of some of the stories in the national media (and you’ll see lots of our pretty maps in here!):...
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APA Texas Speaking Sessions

Asakura Robinson’s planning studio organized two panels at the APA Texas Chapter Conference held October 15-18 in Frisco, Texas, just north of Dallas. Zakcq Lockrem and Tara Mather presented on our METRO Bike and Ride Study in a session titled Integrating Bicycles with Transit: Lessons from Houston. Shaida Libhart, a senior planner at METRO and Clark Martinson, general manager of the Energy Corridor District, joined our team on stage. Following our presentation on the planning study, which seeks to help connect Houston’s bicycle and transit systems, Shaida and Clark presented on implementation from the perspective of a transit agency and...
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Mandell Park: Growing a Community Asset

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead The 1.22-acre oasis at the corner of Mandell and Richmond, in Houston’s Museum District, embodies the fulfilled dreams of a small but dedicated group of neighbors.  The vision – to create a gathering place for the community, an organic garden which will both teach and nourish, and a charming anchor for the neighborhood – has been developed over more than two decades. Not so long ago this lot, slated by the city to be...
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