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2017 Hurricane Season

27 August 2017 - 12:30 PM

According to this article, the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey was made much worse by Houston's development philosophy.


(Full text version here.)

(Topic Title edited from Hurricane Harvey:  Houston did it to themselves)

T+L Favorite Cities for Architecture

06 March 2017 - 10:29 PM

Right at the head of the list of the Top 15 America’s Favorite Cities for Architecture in Travel+Leisure at Number 15:  Fort Worth.
After a quick description of the Museum District, they describe downtown: 

Downtown, a colorful mix of Art Deco, Neoclassical, Medieval Revival, and Beaux Arts buildings are on view at Fort Worth’s bustling Sundance Square Plaza (named after the infamous outlaw).

Oh, and by the way, my hometown of Buffalo was Number 1.  (Not used to saying that about Buffalo!)

Buffalo moves away from the suburbs

29 December 2016 - 09:15 AM

We talk about this a lot on the forums with regards to Fort Worth. 


One difference between Buffalo and Fort Worth is that Fort Worth has a massive amount of land area that spans land uses from high density urban to rural agricultural.  The Buffalo area, on the other hand, is laid out with finite boarders- the central city is Buffalo, surrounded by a few rings of suburbs that are different municipalities.  There is no rural in the City of Buffalo; think of it in terms of Fort Worth if its western border was University, eastern border was Beach, and if it ran from 28th Street to Berry north to South.

The changes in zoning and land use will affect the city in numerous ways, from promoting walkable neighborhoods, mixed-use developments and historic character to environmental sustainability and mass transit. The range of zoning regulations addressed includes density, building height, street design, land that can be developed on the Outer Harbor and use of solar panels.

"Buffalo is about to step into its own with this code," Pridgen said. "The last code was made to make Buffalo look like the suburbs. Now it will be made to look like Buffalo."