Sabine to Shepherd and Back Again

January 6, 2013

Urbanism

Today  featured some of the most spectacular weather my hometown has seen in quite some time — crisp, clear skies, a slight chill in the air and absolutely no humidity.

Like an untold number of Houstonians, I took the opportunity to take in the outdoors — specifically, a walk along a stretch of Buffalo Bayou which the city, Harris County, the Buffalo Bayou Partnershaip and others are working to transform into a single, linear park. (I wrote about the project during my last stint as a newspaper reporter here.) The expanse stretches from Sabine Street, just west of downtown, to Shepherd Drive on the edge of Memorial Park.

The project’s designers say they are modeling it in part after New York’s Central Park. That’s a tall order, to be sure. But seeing the work in progress today, I can say that when it’s done, it will be very impressive indeed.

[UPDATE:  On October 3, 2015, after more than two years of renovations and construction and a delay caused by the Memorial Day flooding, Buffalo Bayou Park held its daylong Grand Opening. You can see my photos of the event here.]

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I'm a journalist and writer in Houston, Texas. My areas of specialty include law and courts, local government and industry and environmental issues. You can follow me on Twitter at @twitter.com/kenfountain and email me at kenfountain1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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