Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Legacies of Texan history

Before assessing the planning of Texas, it is important to consider the history of it, and compare it to what it is today, and what the plans are for the future cities in Texas. Cities in Texas have experienced large population booms over the course of the histories, most notably African Americans in the 1920’s, Hispanics from the 1950’s onwards, and a large number of all races during the Great Depression and afterward from the 1940’s to the 1990’s. This has caused a large unplanned growth for most cities, most notably the city of Austin. Today, these cities are planned in a way that is a shadow of the image of these growths, with sprawling suburbs, and a very much car orientated cities, with highways and major thoroughfares dominating the Urban centres. Towards the future the governing bodies of the cities of Texas, such as Houston and Austin, as well as many different consulting and development firms have ideas and plans for the cities, to improve them. The city government of Houston, for example, as their own strategic master plan, called ‘Plan Houston’ which provides a general plan to improve the city through connectivity and main developments, which is community governed by a board of members and through community consultation, surveys and meetings.

So in relation to if the planning Texas is considered Anarchy or Innovation, it has been been anarchy in the past, and currently can still be seen as still, through the large urban sprawl and the car dominated cities, making it hard to get around the city without a car. However, their plans for the future, such as the plan for the light rail in Houston, shows innovation of how they are being planned.

Stuart Taylor