CREW Houston Insiders Tour

2017 CREW Network Convention & Marketplace
Learning Excursion | Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 am - 4 pm

Zoned Out – How Pasture Land Became Posh

Houston’s Uptown District

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. 

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

ADA Accessible

Participants must bring a government-issued photo ID.

 Optional event, not included with a convention registration. Preregistration required by Sept. 15.Fee: $35