Built This City
Anne Brown and the Hon. Peter Brown, FAIA
Rey de la Reza, FAIA/RdlR Architects
Doug Lawing and
Guy Hagstette, FAIA
Lauren Griffith Associates
Studio Red Architects
Ziegler Cooper Architects
Anne Brown and the Hon. Peter Brown,
Central Houston, Inc./Downtown District
Don Glenn/RSH, Inc.
Doug Lawing and
Guy Hagstette, FAIA
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Leslie Elkins/Shannon Sasser
Hawes Hill Calderone, LLP
Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.
Hutchison, Stockey, Erle & Co.
Clark Stockton Lord/Bracewell & Giuliani,
Marvy & Elaine Finger/The Finger Companies.
MC Management & Development, Inc.
Millis Development & Construction, Inc.
Minnette Boesel/Jamie Mize/Dan Tidwell
Richard Everett Interests
Tony Garcia & Rene Martinez/SDC Construction
Wulfe & Company
The Goodman Company
and Gayle Eury
Lonnie Hoogeboom, AIA, and Betsy Strauch
Michael McEnany, AIA
Allen Center exhibition space generously donated
by Brookfield Office Properties
Candidate Forum Recap
The Houston City Council Elections are just around
the corner on Tuesday, November 5th. To better understand
the candidates running for these positions, it is
important to learn about their vision for the City
of Houston. In September and October, Blueprint Houston
had the honor of hosting several Council Candidate
Forums. Candidates were asked questions and given
an opportunity to respond so that citizens could decide
which candidate best fit their idea of how the City
of Houston should move forward. If you missed the
forum or want to re-watch candidate responses, the
video for the candidates from the At Large Districts
2, 3, and 5 has been uploaded to YouTube.
Click here for the video. The video from the District
D forum has also been posted to YouTube. Click
here to see the video. This is a great opportunity
to familiarize yourself with the candidates’
positions on planning issues before Election Day arrives.
city of Houston is changing before our eyes…
are we ready to seize the moment or simply watch it
The city of Houston is at an historic crossroads in
a moment of fundamental shifts that create both opportunities
for great- ness and dangerous challenges. How
this city of 2,100,000 people responds to this fundamental
transformation over the next few years will define
its future and its potential as a great global city
where people choose to live—or not.
To create one of the great global cities of the 21st
century, the city of Houston needs a new strategic
vision - a general plan - to address
the demands and opportunities it faces. With
such a strategy and plan in place, our city government
and its citi-zens can place the innumerable important
decisions we must make together within this framework,
and with each decision,
we can also help our city achieve its goals over time. In
doing so, Houston can be one of the great global cities
in terms of quality of life, health, and economic
Vision for Houston’s Future
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
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic
and cultural excellence.
The Quiet Revolution
The Growing Role of Municipal Management Districts
|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
FOR A GENERAL PLAN
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
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
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.
Blueprint Houston is a 501c3 tax-exempt
organization and is eligible to
receive deductible contributions.