Houston Embraces 'New Weather Urbanism'

Houston decides to tackle the weather as its biggest impediment to New Urbanism.

April 1, 2005, 11:00 AM PST

By Abhijeet Chavan @http://twitter.com/legalaidtech

"Today, Houston’s mayor Bill White officially announced a novel program to embrace 'New Weather Urbanism' as a model for Houston. 'For too long, we’ve allowed uncontrolled sprawling temperatures to dictate how we live. No more. From now on, we will be actively encouraging a more compact range of temperatures for our city -- ideally between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit,' he said...

Houston’s current weather pattern of heat, humidity, and rainstorms was described as “car-centric” and “anti-pedestrian”...

Houston is the largest city in America without zoning, and they don’t plan to use it in this program. Instead, 'form-based weather design guidelines' will be set, allowing for some flexibility..."

[Editors' note: Happy April Fool's Day!]

Thanks to Tory Gattis

Friday, April 1, 2005 in Houston Strategies

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