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Houston Ranks Among Nation's Greenest Spots

The website has ranked Houston the 10th greenest city in America. The organization cited the city's efforts to become more environmentally conscious, developing a city Office of Sustainability, increasing recycling efforts and more. City-sanctioned farmers markets, electric municipal vehicles and a growing bike share program were other elements that probably helped Houston's placement on the list. Meanwhile, the city is also getting attention for the Bayou Greenways Initiative, a…

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Alley Launches $74M Campaign; Plots Major Renovation

The Alley Theatre is about to get a major makeover that will elevate Houston's resident dramatic company to a new level. This week officials with the Alley announced a $73 million capital campaign that will fund the renovation, enabling the theater to offer more shows, a greater variety of shows and provide patrons with an enhanced experience (can anyone say larger restrooms?). Designed in the "brutalist" architecture form epitomized by unadorned poured concrete, the Alley building hasn't…

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B-Cycle Expands Across Central Houston

Have you seen the racks popping up around Houston? The city's B-Cycle program kicked into high gear in April, expanding from a pilot phase of just three bike racks around Downtown to a total of 22 racks stretching from Montrose to the Museum District. The bike-share program allows member users to check-out cruiser-style bikes free of charge for up to an hour and just $2 for each additional ½ hour. The obvious goal is to give Houstonians a vehicular alternative for relatively short jaunts…

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Houston Pavilions to Become GreenStreet, Get Makeover

The Houston Pavilions is getting a makeover and a new name. Construction begins in April on the Downtown retail development in the heart of the Convention District, which will be renamed GreenStreet. The primary change at the half-million-square-foot complex is the creation of a new linear park featuring benches, planters, lawns and water features designed to make the space more attractive to pedestrians. The Pavilions has experienced some trouble attracting and keeping tenants, but the…

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