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Midtown Park

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

The Midtown Redevelopment Authority did not like their mini-park’s redo and so they took the brave stance to acknowledge that problem and redo it again. This time they “hit a home run”. The images speak for themselves.

The new park has a small privately operated concession stand with outdoor seating where the fees help defray the cost of park maintenance. Click here for a location map.

The fountains.


The no-leash dog area.

Preserving History During the Conversion to a Park

Monday, December 16th, 2013

By Chip Perry.jpgBethel Missionary Baptist Church was in serious need of major repairs when it caught on fire in 2005.  Then Mayor Bill White stepped in to have emergency bracing installed to keep the three remaining walls from collapsing. The City bought the site from the Church–who had already moved to a new location before the fire–with the intent to create a historic park.

The New Library Plaza

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Library Plaza3.jpgThe Houston Public Central Library in downtown was always a wonderful modern facility with great windows and views in a modern multi-story brick building with escalators. That is a long way from the one where I grew up. But time past and it needed to be updated–particularly to serve the internet connected world.  Along with the inside improvements the outside plaza area was overhauled. (more…)

Bull Rock Under a Bridge

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

CIMG6777.JPGBridges have a way of attracting an element of society that is unfortunately something we must deal with — the homeless. This post is  not to propose making their lives harder but rather to share a solution for controlling public space under bridges.

I came across a solution that seems to be almost perfect as it is cheap, no one will steal it, you cannot sleep on it and it should age and discolor evenly and look like other aging concrete structures that are not considered unsightly. (more…)

Root Memorial Square – aka Root Park

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Photo of Root Memorial Park, Houston TXRoot Memorial Square – commonly call Root Park – is in downtown Houston across LaBranch Street from the Toyota Center; home of the Rockets Basketball team. The square was rebuilt in 2004 into a park that commemorated the history of the area and the fans of the basketball team across the street. Originally the block contained the mansion of Alexander Porter Root and his wife, Laura Shepherd Root. The land was donated in their memory by their descendants in 1923. (more…)

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