Congratulations to Friendswood, Webster and West University Place for earning first-time Scenic City Certification! Other Houston-area cities previously certified include Houston, Missouri City, Pearland, Seabrook, and Sugar Land. Read the entire press release.
Scenic Houston announces the appointment of seven new board members commencing terms that run through December 2016. The new appointments include: Jeffrey Abel, principal, Abel Design Group; Evans Attwell, senior vice president, Private Banking Group, Frost Bank; Chris Bilton, executive director, Greater Southeast Management District; Edwin Friedrichs, P.E., PTP, senior principal, Walter P Moore; Marlene L. Gafrick, director of planning, Metro National; Allen Watson, Retired, former president, CobbFendley; and Ellyn Wulfe, regional marketing director and senior associate, Gensler. Read the entire press release.
A video preview of all the speakers at Scenic America’s 2014 Conference in Houston. The theme of the Conference was “How Scenic Beauty Supports Economic Development, Livability and Tourism.”
Preserving Houston’s Streetscapes. Stay informed!
Enjoy this month’s Scenic Houston Street Scene, our update to you on scenic activities and issues.
Scenic Houston has launched its Campaign for a More Scenic Houston to support its new strategic plan. Campaign proceeds will fund specific new initiatives to
1) support optimal Houston streetscape planning through wide endorsement and adoption of Scenic Houston’s Streetscape Resource Guide,
2) provide assessment and action plans for improving the current conditions of the Hobby and Bush Intercontinental airport corridors,
3) advocate for better regulations and driver safety enhancements in the Houston Sign Code relative to digital signage, and
4) foster broad regional participation in the Scenic City Certification Program.
Success will result in immediate positive impact on the region’s public roadways and public spaces, and can be accomplished with little or no new public investment. These programs enhance economic development and improve quality of life. Scenic Houston’s track record supports the Board of Directors’ vision for this Campaign.
The Campaign goal is $750,000 over three years. In the first seven months, pledges and gifts total more than $340,000.
Contributions can be made online or by check to Scenic Houston, 3015 Richmond Ave, Suite 220, Houston TX 77098.
Scenic Houston has conducted an inventory and analysis of all public regulations that impact the visual aspects of Houston’s streets and public spaces. Utilizing this information as well as reference data on best practices in other U.S. cities, Scenic Houston has developed the Scenic Houston Streetscape Resouce Guide, a practical tool for all stakeholders interested in how Houston streets can be constructed and redeveloped to build healthier, more attractive neighborhoods and foster economic growth.
Jersey Village has turned down a Clear Channel proposal to convert static billboards to digital. Scenic Texas met with city leaders earlier this year to review the issues associated with digital billboard conversions. To learn more, read the full story here: http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/northwest-houston/digital-billboards-ruled-out-by-jv-city-council%2C-residents/
Thank you to all who attended the 2013 Scenic Houston Annual Dinner honoring 2013 Scenic Visionary: John W. Johnson and Scenic Initiative Award recipient, H-E-B.
The 2013 Annual Dinner and presentation of Scenic Houston’s 2013 Scenic Visionary and Scenic Initiative Award was held on Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 at the Houston Country Club.
This year’s event was the most successful to date. Proceeds from the evening will help Scenic Houston continue to make our city a great place to live, work and play. Special attention was given to the ongoing Campaign for a More Scenic Houston.
Stay tuned for news about the 2014 Annual dinner!
Houston Chronicle Business Section, May 6, 2013, more building commercial and residential development occurring because of new downtown city park that appeals to families/residents/visitors–in other words, Parks and Green Spaces are Good for Business!