Raj Mankad, editor of Rice Design Alliance’s Cite magazine, is circulating a petition asking the city of Houston to close a section of a different Houston street one night each week, opening it to pedestrians in a sort floating street festival, in an attempt to simulate the kind of pedestrian street culture indigenous to cites built before the automobile. The petition was inspired by an OffCite blog post by John Pluecker who saw a pedestrian promenade in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, and wondered if we can do the same here in Houston. He wrote, “Let a thousand night walks bloom. Just a simple avenue for families to walk a stretch in the company of others. A boost for local businesses. A reason to get out on a Sunday night no matter the time of year. A space for performance artists and musicians and writers to interact directly with a wider public.”
The project is gathering steam- it was endorsed by the Houston Chronicle, and covered by KUHF radio, now, with Glasstire taking notice, the new walking initiative is a shoe-in.