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The Mobility Challenge: A Personal Essay

This post is accompanied by a pocket-sized zine, designed by Evan O’Neil and printed by Mystic Multiples on a risograph, that you will be able to find at Houston-area coffee shops and transit centers. We want you to share your story of the city with us by emailing rda@rice.edu or posting to social media with […]

01.23.17 Public Transit

Houston’s First Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income, Transit-Oriented Development

This article is an adapted excerpt from “Big Mixed-Use Developments and the Remaking of Houston” in Cite 98, which examines the economics of architecture and the way that developers, banks, and other institutions shape the built environment. Houston is in bind. We expect to welcome millions more people into the region over the coming decades, […]

08.24.16 Architecture
Urban Planning

First Impressions of the Reimagined METRO Buses

In national transit circles, Houston has received glittering coverage for its reimagined bus system. Most recently TransitCenter heralded Rice School of Architecture senior lecturer and former Cite editorial chair Christof Spieler for his pivotal role on the Houston METRO board. All this national attention came in advance of the new plan going into effect. Last […]

08.20.15 Public Transit

Street View: Houston is the 53 Briar Forest

Every day for almost a year I caught the 5:00 a.m. 53 Briar Forest Limited bus from a stop close to Downtown, and I rode it all the way to the end of the line, getting off at Westside High School, where I started my day as a science teacher. The two-hour ride got me […]

06.12.15 Place
Public Transit

Under the Overpass: Lessons from Mexico and Germany

On Saturday, March 14, Metro broke ground on a light rail overpass at Harrisburg that upset many Houstonians in the East End, believing it couldn’t be anything but an eyesore. Can we imagine the Houston underpass as shelter for life instead of an unwanted and dangerous dead space? Berlin architect Markus Bader recently discussed his […]

03.19.15 Infrastructure

Mapping Time: Christof Spieler on Metro Bus Service and Transit When You Need It

At METRO, we are reimagining Houston’s bus system, and are proposing to complete it next year. This is one of the most transformative transportation projects in Houston right now. Why? Because it dramatically improves what Houstonians can access with transit. When we think of transit, we tend to think of routes as lines on a […]

06.04.14 Public Transit

What Kind of Overpass Will Metro Build for the East End?

The East End Line is split in two. One section stretches along Harrisburg Boulevard from Downtown and stops at Altic Street; the other picks up at 66th Street and ends at the Magnolia Transit Center. Between them is a gap of six blocks — with two sets of freight railroad tracks cutting across the middle […]

05.30.14 Infrastructure
Public Transit

Own Your Transit: A Close Look at a Proposed METRO Bus Line

Nearly two weeks ago METRO released the System Reimagining proposal, arguably the biggest service adjustment in METRO’s existence. METRO is currently welcoming feedback on the system. I hope most feedback will be positive, as the reimagined system should provide an opportunity for ridership for more people, and to a larger area of the Houston region, […]

05.22.14 Public Transit

Taming the Beast: An Unofficial Guide to Riding METRO

A right turn on Main Street in the Med Center. Photo: Allyn West. The inaugural Sunday Streets HTX takes place this Sunday, April 6, along White Oak and Quitman in the Heights. There will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. But how, in Houston, do you get to an event that purposefully excludes […]

04.04.14 Public Transit

ICYMI: Metro's Moves and Other News from November 17-22

Houston Metro bus. Photo: TTMG. As Metro continues to re-imagine our transit system, the board came down this week in favor of measures that would increase ridership rather than expand coverage: “After lengthy discussion, the board voted to recommend to its planning staff that 80 percent of resources should be put toward the goal of […]

11.25.13 Architecture