We Built This City


Webb Architects

Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributers
Central Houston, Inc.
Lance and Jennifer Gilliam
Greater East End Management District
James H. Greer and Mark Nini
Guy Hagstette, FAIA
Michael McEnany, AIA
Millis Development and Construction
RS&H, Inc.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Civic Design
Houston Parks Board
Studio Red Architects/Lake Flato Architects
Lovett Homes
Walter P. Moore



Save the Date
Thursday, October 16, 2014
6 – 8 pm

Come celebrate the launching of a process to develop a General Plan for the City of Houston at a cocktail reception honoring Mayor Annise Parker for her initiative. In creating a steering committee for the effort, she said: ““A general plan is about good governance. Practical innovative, consensus-based planning can improve collaboration, enhance partnerships, improve policymaking, and ultimately deliver higher quality outcomes more quickly and at reduced cost. It is time for Houston to join a host of other cities that enjoy the benefits of a general plan.”

Honorary Chairs of the event include the Honorable Ellen Cohen, the Honorable Stephen Costello, the Honorable Ed Gonzalez, and the Honorable David Robinson. A large and diverse Host Committee urges you to join them in the celebration. The reception, which will benefit Blueprint Houston, will be held in the Tudor Gallery and Reading Room of the Julia Ideson Library. In addition to delicious food and drink, the event will feature an exhibition of significant projects that illustrate the benefits of planning.

Individual reservations are $150 and sponsorships are available from $1500 - $5000. Click here
for a Sponsor Reply Form.


Citizens’ Vision for Houston’s Future

A diverse city of opportunity where we live in harmony in a healthy environment.
Choices for home, work, and play in healthy and beautiful neighborhoods with self-determination.
Sustainable prosperity and development that balances economy, community, and environment.
Coordinated land use and transportation plans to create andmaintain a high level of access for all.
A government that is wise, efficient, accountable, and creative.
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal opportunities.
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic and cultural excellence.

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The Quiet Revolution
The Growing Role of Municipal Management Districts in Houston

Most Houstonians are not aware of the work of municipal management districts (MMDs) and of their growing importance to our city. By adding an increased level of services beyond what city government can provide, MMDs are making a real difference as Houston evolves into a multi-dimensional global city. In fact, a discussion about governance in Houston that excludes the role of MMDs will lead to misguided conclusions about our city in the 21st century. The outcomes and style of work of MMDs also could be a model for a “Houston style of planning” that serves the visions, values and goals of our citizens with progress toward such coordination already becoming evident during the course of preparing this report.

For the full report, click here. For the Executive Summary, click here.


This document outlines a vision and a set of principles and goals based on citizen values in the City of Houston. It was developed over a period of eight years as the basis for a General Plan for Houston’s Future. It was distilled from several years of public visioning processes and a scientific survey of likely voters.
The need for a true General Plan is clear. It would serve as a management tool that city government, city departments, developers, business leaders, and citizens could use as they make infrastructure and other investment decisions.
A General Plan for the City’s future is consistently supported by 83% of respondents in the Houston Area Survey, which was last conducted in February 2009 by Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Rice University Sociology Department. It is also required by law in Chapter 33 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.


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