The recent success of Sunday Streets HTX and the launch of Mayor Parker’s Complete Streets initiative suggests that many Houstonians now clamor for a more walkable, more pedestrian-friendly city. But how can a city developed in step with the rise of this country’s dependence on the personal automobile become more walkable? A diverse collection of voices will discuss this question as well as the challenges and aspirations associated with walkability in Houston at the Rice Design Alliance annual civic forum this August.
“WALK HOUSTON” will be a two-part forum with short presentations and moderated discussions among panelists followed by a question-and-answer session with audience members. The forums will take place at 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays, August 20 and 27, at the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Admission is free and open to the public.
The panelists come from an array of governmental, commercial, academic, and nonprofit organizations:
Wednesday, August 20
- Clark Martinson, General Manager of the Energy Corridor District
- Bakeyah Nelson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Health and Applied Sciences, UH-Clear Lake
- Susan Rogers, Assistant Professor and Director, Community Design Resource Center, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston
- Christof Spieler, PE, LEEP AP, Director of Planning
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Wednesday, August 27
- Kinder Baumgardner, President, SWA Group
- Raj Mankad, Editor of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, Rice Design Alliance
- Carra Moroni, Program Manager, Community Transformation Initiative, Houston Department of Health and Human Services
- Rob Tullis, Vice President, Director of Design, GID Urban Development Group