Rey de la Reza, FAIA
Doug Lawing and
Guy Hagstette, FAIA
Lauren Griffith Associates
Page Southerland Page
Studio Red Architects
Ziegler Cooper Architects
Don Glenn/RSH, Inc.
Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Hawes Hill Calderone, LLP
Hutchison, Stockey, Erle & Co.
Marvy & Elaine Finger/The Finger Companies.
MC Management & Development, Inc.
Mills Development & Construction, Inc. Richard
We Built This City
honoring Guy Hagstette, FAIA
June 20, 2013
6 – 8 pm
One Allen Center
join us for a Blueprint Houston
cocktail reception honoring Guy
Hagstette for his significant contributions
to planning in Houston. The event, entitled
“We Built This City”
will be Thursday, June 20, 2013, in the
gallery space of One Allen Center and will
benefit Blueprint Houston and its mission
of assuring the creation of a General Plan
for the City of Houston based on citizens’
vision, values, and goals.
Guy Hagstette has focused much of his
professional career on downtown Houston.
He has been the go-to person for many groups
to get things done, playing many roles:
architect, urban designer, volunteer, management
district executive, political advisor, investor.
His name is synonymous with such projects
as Sesquicentennial Park, Buffalo Bayou
Park, Discovery Green, and the Downtown
Development Framework. He blends a passion
for the City’s heritage with a commitment
to ensuring that Central downtown will be
the City’s business hub and a place
to live, shop, and play.
The event will include an architectural
exhibition graciously underwritten by Nancy
and Richard Kinder and others that
highlights Guy’s projects as well
as other noteworthy projects that have contributed
to the transformation of downtown over the
past 25 years. We also welcome Lisa
Foronda as emcee. The Doubletree
Hotel will create a variety of delectable
hors d’oeuvres and libations with
musical entertainment by Harry Sheppard.
invite you to be a part of this special
evening on Thursday, June 20 honoring Guy
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The city of Houston is changing before our eyes…
are we ready to seize the moment or simply watch it
The city of Houston is at an historic crossroads in
a moment of fundamental shifts that create both opportunities
for great- ness and dangerous challenges. How
this city of 2,100,000 people responds to this fundamental
transformation over the next few years will define
its future and its potential as a great global city
where people choose to live—or not.
To create one of the great global cities of the 21st
century, the city of Houston needs a new strategic
vision - a general plan - to address
the demands and opportunities it faces. With
such a strategy and plan in place, our city government
and its citi-zens can place the innumerable important
decisions we must make together within this framework,
and with each decision,
we can also help our city achieve its goals over time. In
doing so, Houston can be one of the great global cities
in terms of quality of life, health, and economic
Vision for Houston’s Future
diverse city of opportunity where we live in harmony in
a healthy environment.
Choices for home, work, and play in healthy and beautiful
neighborhoods with self-determination.
Sustainable prosperity and development that balances economy,
community, and environment.
Coordinated land use and transportation plans to create
andmaintain a high level of access for all.
A government that is wise, efficient, accountable, and
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic
and cultural excellence.
The Quiet Revolution
The Growing Role of Municipal Management Districts
|Most Houstonians are not aware
of the work of municipal management districts (MMDs)
and of their growing importance to our city. By
adding an increased level of services beyond what
city government can provide, MMDs are making a real
difference as Houston evolves into a multi-dimensional
global city. In fact, a discussion about governance
in Houston that excludes the role of MMDs will lead
to misguided conclusions about our city in the 21st
century. The outcomes and style of work of MMDs
also could be a model for a “Houston style
of planning” that serves the visions, values
and goals of our citizens with progress toward such
coordination already becoming evident during the
course of preparing this report.
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FOR A GENERAL PLAN
This document outlines a vision and
a set of principles and goals based on citizen values
in the City of Houston. It was developed over a period
of eight years as the basis for a General Plan for Houston’s
Future. It was distilled from several years of public
visioning processes and a scientific survey of likely
The need for a true General Plan is clear. It would
serve as a management tool that city government, city
departments, developers, business leaders, and citizens
could use as they make infrastructure and other investment
A General Plan for the City’s future is consistently
supported by 83% of respondents in the Houston Area
Survey, which was last conducted in February 2009 by
Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Rice University Sociology
Department. It is also required by law in Chapter 33
of the City’s Code of Ordinances.
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