A newly-proposed blueprint for downtown Houston includes smart city technology, and transportation improvements aimed at rapidly expanding the city’s core.
The development plan charts the future of downtown Houston through 2036, the city’s bicentennial, imagining a greener, and more walkable area unifying attractions that currently seem disparate in the spread-out city center, per Curbed. Proposals include green walls, tree planting, as well as a center for entrepreneurship.
Plan Downtown: Converging Culture, Lifestyle & Commerce, overseen by the Downtown District, seeks to build 12,000 new residential units downtown, as well as accompanying transportation, commercial, and park infrastructure, to support a population of 30,000. Currently, 7,500 live in the city center. In an editorial, The Houston Chronicle said it’s “a vision worth pursuing.”