THIRD WARD | HOUSTON, TX | Infrastructure Resilience Case Study
This morning I had a presentation for a seminar class I’m taking this semester. “Infrastructure Resilience” I’m not going to talk about the class, but I will talk about the case study we are currently working on. My group has looked into the Third Ward in Houston Texas; a town within close proximity to the downtown area of Houston left underdeveloped. A few problems that have led to the poor condition of this area is suburban development to the outskirts of the city and the development of the majors highways that cut through this site detaching it from downtown Houston. The city of Houston also has a poor bus transit system that do not run very often which makes it difficult to move around the city from this particular area. Houston has recently invested in a light rail which only reaches out to certain areas at this time. The city of Houston is investing on further development of this light rail to other parts of the city in the near future.
In the first phase of development we propose a bus transit system that would cut through the Third Ward; to reconnect the site to the larger metropolitan area. With this transportation provided density would begin to increase. With this density more opportunities of commercial development would occur along this strip; gradually becoming a node to the area. As the density gradually increases over time the second layer mixed use buildings would occur on top of the commercial strip in a stacked type construction to accommodate for this density finally resulting as a new destination place for the city of Houston.
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