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Houston Through a Bus Window
Last Friday, the Antiplanner joined other participants at the Preserving the American
Dream conference on a bus tour of Houston. The first half of the tour focused on
This classic bungalow is in a neighborhood of fine homes that are probably protected with deed restrictions.
In the city, we saw stately manors, skinny houses, granny flats, mid-
With garages facing an alley, this little complex reminds me of some of Portland’s New Urban developments.
Despite Houston’s lack of zoning, we could not find any gravel pits next to homes,
which is the evil planners often say they are trying to prevent through zoning. We
did see one neighborhood where nearly every home was festooned with signs protesting
a proposed high-
Here we have an office building in what otherwise appears to be a residential area. The sign reads, “NAACP Houston Branch.”
What we also saw was a combination of stable neighborhoods protected by deed restrictions and neighborhoods that were rapidly changing in response to market demand. Some of those changes were things that planners would support: higher densities, mixed uses, and mixed incomes. Ironically, some Houstonians think that zoning would protect their neighborhoods from high rises while in cities like Portland planners are upzoning neighborhoods to require higher densities.
My seatmate J.P. Singh examines some 1930s-
Perhaps half the homes in the city of Houston are under deed restrictions. In many
cases, these simply limit the property owner from building anything other than a
Come back Mondayfor photos of a master-
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