Read this Houston Chronicle article from Scenic Houston Board Member, Ed Wulfe, on why signs on Metro buses would negatively impact Houston’s image. http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/If-buses-become-rolling-billboards-city-s-image-4206841.php
Scenic Houston is busy at work with several area organizations on issues that support the Scenic Houston mission to preserve and enhance the visual character of Houston. In July, Scenic Houston Executive Director Anne Culver met with the board of directors of the Downtown Super Neighborhood to discuss METRO’s review of new methods to generate [...]
A new website provides an interesting tool for gathering community support for neighborhood improvement
A website called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better, is part of a new genre of websites and apps designed to democratize what shows up in our communities. The project is currently active in several U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Las Vegas, and New York. The site provides a [...]
Kay B. Crooker passes away at 78, former Scenic Houston Board President and longest-serving member of the city’s planning commission.
Throughout her extraordinary volunteer career, Kay Crooker was a driving force for preserving and enhancing the visual character of Houston. Appointed to the City of Houston’s Planning Commission by five consecutive mayors, and the longest-serving member of the city’s planning commission, Kay ensured that Houston’s development rules and the application of those rules support sustainable [...]
On Friday, May 11th, the Houston METRO Board of Directors convened a special meeting to hear public comments on the future of METRO’s General Mobility Plan, which must be brought before the public for a vote within the next year.
The City of Houston will be presented with Scenic America’s Clear Vision award at a reception being held at WorldFest-Houston International Independent Film Festival on Friday, April 20th. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will accept the inaugural award in conjunction with the Texas premiere of This Space Available, a ground-breaking documentary about the problems caused by visual pollution, [...]
In a new paper from Alan Bojorquez and Joseph Deeb, the authors outline a list of non-traditional land use and development topics that have been confronting Texas municipalities over the last few years. The paper share insights garnered through their roles as municipal lawyers representing Texas cities. The decision of what to include in this [...]
The Regional Transportation Authority in Corpus Christi has agreed to remove advertising from 58 bus benches along state roadways. Scenic champion, Jack Gordy, had been arguing for 14 years that these advertisements violate the Federal Highway Beautification Act.
A new video looks at the efforts of the billboard industry to convert static billboards near Seattle into new digital signs that change advertisements every 6 or 8 seconds. The segment, produced by veteran videographer Ossian Or, can be viewed HERE The tactics represent a desire by the industry to infiltrate an area that has [...]
A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would completely eliminate the National Scenic Byways Program and Scenic America needs our help in opposing this legislation. The program preserves the beauty of scenic corridors, helps protect community character and provides economic opportunities in tourism and recreation. Act Now!