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If They Build It

Since 2015, Houston has added nearly 15,000 hotel rooms. As historical properties undergo significant renovations, boutique and behemoth brands alike continue to make a reservation in H-Town. Here’s your room key to all the latest hotel news.

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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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Remaking Main Street

Dan Zimmerman, a former Rice football star whose family is known for creative redevelopment in Montrose, is tackling a forgotten corner of Downtown. Will his Main & Co. restoration project, planned as a co-working space, ‘activate’ the area, as he says?

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Dan Zimmerman kicks up sawdust as he strolls over a sunlit, century-old, herringbone-patterned hardwood floor. Tall, tan and strapping, his longish hair tucked beneath a Patagonia baseball cap, he exudes the chill, California vibe of a pro surfer. It’s only Zimmerman’s calm, measured directives to a construction crew in hard hats, as he juggles phone calls over the shrieks of power saws, that reveal him to be a seasoned commercial real estate veteran, and a rising star of Houston’s development scene.

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