Saturday, November 15, 2008

Houston?




For sure Houston is, to borrow from the title of Thomas Friedman's new book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded (at least on the highway)," but a recent visit revealed a concerted effort by the city to make Houston more attractive and more pedestrian friendly. Two(!) downtown stadiums clustered near the Convention Center, serviced by light rail (slight walk required), represent a model we can only hope ABQ is able to successfully emulate, albeit on a smaller scale. While we blew it with the location of Isotopes Park (my opinion), lets hope we are able to get the vibrant downtown arena area great cities need.

4 comments:

Ryan said...

You should see the plans for mass-transit here in Houston... it's amazing!

Still can't wait to move back to ABQ though.

abqdwell said...

I was impressed with what Houston has done and is doing in the core area. I know there are some vocal critics to a downtown arena in ABQ, but I truly think it would move the city from average to above average. For better or worse cities are judged by their downtown, and while there has been a lot of progress here, I think it has clearly stalled.

Julie said...

I think it has clearly stalled.
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Jenifer said...

I know there are some vocal critics to a downtown arena in ABQ,..
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