Learning Excursion | Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 am - 4 pm
Zoned Out – How Pasture Land Became Posh
Sponsored by CREW Houston
Visit one of Houston’s hottest areas and shopping meccas just “outside the loop.” Our destination will be in the recently opened BHP Billiton headquarters in Houston’s Uptown District, the city’s urban community. Uptown Houston is home to more than six million square feet of retail stores including the Houston Galleria, the fifth largest mall in the U.S., twenty-six million square feet of office space and 7,800 hotel rooms. During lunch, you will hear from a panel of speakers who will discuss the creation of the Uptown TIRZ, current infrastructure projects and Metro’s role in mass transit for the area.
After lunch, participants will board the bus and tour Houston’s Memorial Park, a 1,466-acre park, one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. which includes an 18-hole golf course, a 3-mile running path as well as softball and soccer fields. There will be a presentation of the Memorial Park Conservatory describing the overall master plan for the park.
How Houston has thrived without zoning
Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ): What are they and how do they work?
History of Houston’s Uptown District and its ongoing improvements
Metro’s role in the Uptown Bus Rapid Transit project
Memorial Park’s relationship with Uptown and the ongoing plans for upgrading Memorial Park.
Shellye Arnold, Memorial Park Conservancy
John Breeding, Uptown Houston District
Carrin Patman, METRO Board of Directors
Cassie B. Stinson, BoyarMiller
Participants must bring a government-issued photo ID.
Optional event, not included with a convention registration. Preregistration required by Sept. 15.Fee: $35