About Development, Transportation and Placemaking

The Urban Development, Transportation, and Placemaking Program (DT&P), will address issues associated with the growth and development of the Houston region on both a large scale and a small, "placemaking" scale. It will be the primary vehicle through which the Kinder Institute will address the vibrancy of Houston and its neighborhoods.

There is little question that, alongside continued suburban expansion, Houston is becoming a much more urban metropolitan area very quickly. Indeed, a great deal of suburban Houston is densifying and becoming more urban. The Kinder Institute's goal is to focus on how to ensure that those portions of the Houston region that are urbanizing do so in a way that benefits the region and its residents.

At larger geographies, the Kinder Institute can combine its existing large data sets with data from other partners (Houston-Galveston Area Council, METRO, U.S. Census Bureau), to produce high-level analyses in urban development and transportation, accompanied by GIS maps, graphs, and infographics. Topics at this scale could include, for example, infill and suburbanization housing and demographic trends, developable/protected lands analyses, greenspace and urban development, patterns of transit-oriented and mixed-use development, health and the built environment, and the region's transportation system and future transportation choices. 

At smaller geographies, DT&P will focus on small-scale placemaking efforts. These efforts will focus on improvements in specific neighborhoods in Houston, especially those that incorporate both improved green space and improved urban development in combination with one another. Projects at this scale include walkability and pedestrian improvements, signage and way-finding improvements, traffic-calming measures, and communal spaces such as pocket parks and parklets.