Next City

Go inside the ambitious plan to free Downtown from its concrete cage of criss-crossing freeways and break down the barriers that separate it from Midtown and EaDo. Welcome to Houston 2040.

In an excerpt from his new book, Houston 2020: America’s Next Boom Town — An Extreme Close Up, urban-planning reporter Ralph Bivins lays out a tantalizing vision for Downtown. In it, an abandoned elevated freeway on the fringe becomes a park rivaling New York’s High Line, as once blighted areas emerge as prime real estate. Bold development ensues. The wildest part is that it’s actually going to happen.

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