Houston: Jacksonville's Larger Sibling?

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Next City's 2016 Vanguard Conference takes us on a visit to the urban core of a larger "Jacksonville": Houston. Here's a look at a southern metropolis that shares several similarities with Florida's largest municipality.

Downtown Houston Photo Tour
Downtown district captions courtesy of https://www.downtownhouston.org/

Historic District

Houston's original town center! With its 1800’s-era architecture, tree-lined streets, eclectic mix of sidewalk cafes, pubs and nighttime hotspots, the Historic District fuses culture and commerce.  This area of downtown boasts many points of interest with considerable historic significance blending the old with the new.

At the heart of the Historic District is Market Square Park which is the neighborhood gathering place. Surrounding the park are many of downtown’s coolest lofts as well as the University of Houston Downtown.

Skyline District

Downtown Houston is at the heart of this business community with a workforce of 140,000 and 11 of Houston’s 26 Fortune 500 companies. Powerhouses such as Chevron, Shell, Continental Airlines, JPMorgan Chase and TOTAL and creative minds such as PageSoutherlandPage and Morris Architects are just a few that call downtown and the Syline District home.

One of the largest skylines in the country, downtown is very proud of its world-renown architecture by I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson, a diverse mix of post-modern, art deco and Italian renaissance.

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