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Scenic Houston

Scenic Houston Scenic Houston’s mission is to enhance the scenic character of the spaces where we live, work and visit. Download the Guide at www.scenichouston.org.

Scenic Houston works with stakeholders across the city to enhance the character of streets, sidewalks, and public spaces, Scenic Houston is working to improve the quality of life for all Houstonians and making the City a more functional and visually attractive place to live, work and visit.

Scenic Houston works with stakeholders across the city to enhance the character of streets, sidewalks, and public spaces, Scenic Houston is working to improve the quality of life for all Houstonians and making the City a more functional and visually attractive place to live, work and visit.

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Utilities should be set back from street corners to create a more visually appealing and open view of corridors.
01/12/2023

Utilities should be set back from street corners to create a more visually appealing and open view of corridors.

Want to get involved? Look to join garden clubs, historical societies, and preservation groups to help preserve scenic r...
01/09/2023

Want to get involved? Look to join garden clubs, historical societies, and preservation groups to help preserve scenic resources.

“Successful cities ...come about because individuals and agencies within the public and private sectors make decisions a...
01/04/2023

“Successful cities ...come about because individuals and agencies within the public and private sectors make decisions and take a series of actions.”

12/26/2022

May your day be merry and bright.

We are proud of the work accomplished in 2022 and can't wait to see what's next!
12/22/2022

We are proud of the work accomplished in 2022 and can't wait to see what's next!

Learn more about the Scenic Houston EDGE Project to drastically improve Downtown's first impression for those traveling ...
12/14/2022

Learn more about the Scenic Houston EDGE Project to drastically improve Downtown's first impression for those traveling to Houston and create an improved experience for Houstonians.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Scenic Houston co-founder, Carroll Shaddock. In 1966, Carroll Shad...
12/08/2022

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Scenic Houston co-founder, Carroll Shaddock. In 1966, Carroll Shaddock formed the non-profit group Billboards Limited to remove the excessive amount of billboard blight in and around the City of Houston. Billboards Limited advocated to establish the first ever, City of Houston sign ordinance to create standards and regulations for billboards. In 1980, Billboards Limited was successful in banning all new billboards in the city. Billboards Limited would eventually evolve into what is now called Scenic Houston. Carroll was also instrumental to the establishment of Scenic Texas, served as a Director for Scenic America, and co-founded Trees For Houston, a local organization that grows, plants, and maintains thousands of trees across the greater Houston region. Carroll was a scenic champion and hero, and his efforts forever changed the landscape of our great city.

We  scenic standards in . Learn more about our Scenic City Certification Program.
11/25/2022
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We scenic standards in . Learn more about our Scenic City Certification Program.

In partnership with Scenic Texas, The Scenic City Certification Program provides all Texas cities access to a diagnostic tool to assess their existing infrastructure standards for public roadways and public spaces against a set of model standards. The assessment yields a detailed scoresheet to guide...

From all of us at Scenic Houston, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
11/24/2022

From all of us at Scenic Houston, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy  Houston! Explore some of Houston's  and see what adventures await.
11/17/2022

Happy Houston! Explore some of Houston's and see what adventures await.

Scenic Houston was honored to partner with Houston METRO last week in hosting a conversation on updated approaches to la...
11/16/2022

Scenic Houston was honored to partner with Houston METRO last week in hosting a conversation on updated approaches to land development.

Honoring all those who have served. Happy Veterans' Day. We salute you.
11/11/2022

Honoring all those who have served. Happy Veterans' Day. We salute you.

It's ! Show the world how generous  is! Donate and volunteer to a local organization!
11/07/2022

It's ! Show the world how generous is! Donate and volunteer to a local organization!

Don't forget to Fall back on November 6th.
11/04/2022

Don't forget to Fall back on November 6th.

From all of us at Scenic Houston, have a happy and safe .
10/31/2022

From all of us at Scenic Houston, have a happy and safe .

And so it begins! We are proud to honor Sheila Condon as our 2022 Scenic Visionary. Special thanks to our event chairs K...
10/27/2022

And so it begins! We are proud to honor Sheila Condon as our 2022 Scenic Visionary. Special thanks to our event chairs Kathy and Harry Masterson for making this evening possible!

Scenic Houston's advocacy efforts have resulted in a grey to green conversion for more than 820 acres of land for our gr...
10/24/2022

Scenic Houston's advocacy efforts have resulted in a grey to green conversion for more than 820 acres of land for our great city!

Take action now to fund  ! Join our friends at Scenic America and visit https://tinyurl.com/4u8nrt9c to send a message t...
10/18/2022

Take action now to fund ! Join our friends at Scenic America and visit https://tinyurl.com/4u8nrt9c to send a message to your senators and representative urging them to ensure byways funding.

 Where's your favorite place eat in Houston?
10/17/2022

Where's your favorite place eat in Houston?

Visit scenichouston.org to learn more about our Scenic Neighborhoods program.
10/13/2022

Visit scenichouston.org to learn more about our Scenic Neighborhoods program.

Don't miss out on this special City of Houston event honoring our Houston Astros. Join in tomorrow 11am-1pm for a Post S...
10/06/2022

Don't miss out on this special City of Houston event honoring our Houston Astros. Join in tomorrow 11am-1pm for a Post Season Astro's Rally at City Hall

Just a few weeks away from the Scenic Houston 2022 Dinner honoring Scenic Visionary Sheila Condon. Register today at sce...
10/05/2022

Just a few weeks away from the Scenic Houston 2022 Dinner honoring Scenic Visionary Sheila Condon. Register today at scenichouston.org

Thursday Throwback: Did you know Scenic Houston continues to protect our visual space from billboard proliferation?
09/29/2022

Thursday Throwback: Did you know Scenic Houston continues to protect our visual space from billboard proliferation?

Thank you to Senator Robert Nichols for a great discussion on the 2023  with leaders from Transportation Advocates of Te...
09/29/2022

Thank you to Senator Robert Nichols for a great discussion on the 2023 with leaders from Transportation Advocates of Texas.

What a difference trees can make to our cityscape! Scenic Houston has created a guide for builders and developers to hel...
09/17/2022

What a difference trees can make to our cityscape! Scenic Houston has created a guide for builders and developers to help preserve and enhance our great city. Visit https://tinyurl.com/2p8k66j3 to learn more.

Special thanks to Kathy and Harry Masterson for chairing the Scenic Houston 2022 Dinner. We will be honoring our Scenic ...
09/14/2022

Special thanks to Kathy and Harry Masterson for chairing the Scenic Houston 2022 Dinner. We will be honoring our Scenic Visionary, Sheila Condon, on Octber 27, 2022.

Scenic Houston cares about the visual aspects of Houston that maintain healthy neighborhoods in our vibrant city.
09/09/2022

Scenic Houston cares about the visual aspects of Houston that maintain healthy neighborhoods in our vibrant city.

Did you know? Scenic Houston has created 22 scenic districts and corridors since 1990.
09/08/2022

Did you know? Scenic Houston has created 22 scenic districts and corridors since 1990.

Scenic Houston met with Houston METRO executives to discuss a potential partnership to improve our streetscapes and pede...
08/25/2022

Scenic Houston met with Houston METRO executives to discuss a potential partnership to improve our streetscapes and pedestrian realm. Thank you METRO for the great conversation and we look forward to doing great things together!

Scenic Houston is excited to honor Sheila Condon as its 2022 Scenic Visionary! We gathered today to film our annual vide...
08/12/2022

Scenic Houston is excited to honor Sheila Condon as its 2022 Scenic Visionary! We gathered today to film our annual video that will highlight not only the great things Scenic Houston is doing but also pay homage to the incredible Sheila Condon! Join us on October 27th as we celebrate Sheila. Please visit our website at www.scenichouston.org for additional information.

Kudos to Scenic America for blocking the billboard industry from gutting the Highway Beautification Act (HBA).  The U.S....
08/09/2022

Kudos to Scenic America for blocking the billboard industry from gutting the Highway Beautification Act (HBA). The U.S. House of Representatives passed the minibus package by a vote of 220-207. Included in the legislation is $30 million in funding for the National Scenic Byways Program, which delivers a welcome economic boost to another of Scenic America’s key priority programs. Read more about Scenic America's efforts below.

Scenic America continues its diligence in protecting the nation’s safety and beautification efforts by working quickly to ensure that an amendment filed on H.R. 8294, the six-bill appropriations minibus, was stopped. Read more at the link below.

https://www.scenic.org/blog/scenic-america-stops-billboard-amendment-from-advancing-in-house/

Save the date for the annual Scenic Houston dinner where we will honor Sheila Condon and her significant impact on Houst...
07/28/2022

Save the date for the annual Scenic Houston dinner where we will honor Sheila Condon and her significant impact on Houston's outdoor experience. For more than 35 years, Sheila has fostered the creation of beautiful and functional spaces that enhance the character of our city.

Register today!
https://scenichouston.org/annual-dinner/

Join Houston Parks Board and Harris County Precinct One for the Hill at Sims Open House and Walk on Wednesday, July 20 a...
07/06/2022

Join Houston Parks Board and Harris County Precinct One for the Hill at Sims Open House and Walk on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 PM at Cloverland Church of Christ. Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis is excited to account that funding continues to improve at the Hill at Sims!

Attendees will learn about and share their thoughts on the upcoming Phase Two improvement plans to transform the Hill at Sims into a regional park. After the open house, there will be a short walking tour of the Hill at Sims. Light bites and refreshments will be provided.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3apTOQ1

Join HPB and Harris County Precinct One for the Hill at Sims Open House and Walk on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 PM at Cloverland Church of Christ. Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis is excited to account that funding continues to improvements at the Hill at Sims!

Attendees will learn about and share their thoughts on the upcoming Phase Two improvement plans to transform the Hill at Sims into a regional park. After the open house, there will be a short tour of the Hill at Sims at Cloverland Park. Light bites and refreshments will be provided.

For more information and to register, visit https://bit.ly/3d86pEO

Image: Anthony Rathbun

Scenic Houston's Board Member Cooke Kelsey was featured in an article published by Scenic America.  Cooke's efforts led ...
07/06/2022
Scenic Heroes: Cooke Kelsey - Scenic America

Scenic Houston's Board Member Cooke Kelsey was featured in an article published by Scenic America. Cooke's efforts led to a U.S. Supreme Court victory over digital billboards. On April 21, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Austin, Texas, upholding the city’s sign ordinance and thereby protecting the Highway Beautification Act. For his tireless and visionary work on this case and related issues, Cooke is truly a scenic hero.

Houston Attorney Led Scenic Advocates to a Supreme Court Victory by Showing Broader Impact of Billboards When Houston attorney Cooke Kelsey learned that Reagan National Advertising had won a lawsuit against the City of Austin, Texas, over its ban on digital billboards, he stepped in to help the city...

Happy 4th of July, Houston! Enjoy the holiday and be safe!
07/04/2022

Happy 4th of July, Houston! Enjoy the holiday and be safe!

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Happy 117th year of statehood to the Lone Star State! Texas adopted its scenic byways program in May 2021, opening up 19 routes for designation. These roadways wind through an ecologically diverse state, containing plains, coastline, deserts, and mountain hills. 🌵
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Scenic America joins Scenic Houston in mourning Carroll Shaddock. Carroll was a lifelong scenic conservation advocate, serving as the President of Scenic America from 1991-1993. His guidance and passion for the movement was instrumental in shaping Scenic America's mission. We hope to continue Carroll's legacy, creating a more Scenic America for all people and communities.
Can you please help these dogs
💙 I know there are bigger issues, but BARCs in Houston. They euthanize healthy dogs, cats and sometimes their kittens and litter of pups. They do not give rescues or fosters enough time. You can reach out to BARCS Houston Task Force, thank you.

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Ran around town this morning! Started at the Houston METRO and Scenic Houston joint development discussion before heading down to the Regency Lofts grand opening. A TDHCA and CDBG Disaster Recovery fund awardee, this 120 unit apartment includes a pre-k, which will be available to residents at no cost. Afterwards, I attended the Holocaust Museum Houston's, annual luncheon.
Each year, Scenic Houston recognizes a community leader who has played a vital role in improving Houston’s appearance and image.

This year Sheila Condon, Clark Condon’s co-founder, was honored as the Scenic Visionary for her significant impact on Houston’s outdoor experiences. The award was celebrated at Scenic Houston’s Annual Dinner last Thursday, October 27.

We're so thankful for everyone who celebrated with us and helped make this event a very successful one for Scenic Houston!

Read our full announcement here: https://loom.ly/5vgK1ek
October Round Up! 🎃 It was a busy month, but so rewarding! Here are just a few of the highlights:

- Celebrating 20 years of NRG Park with the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation, Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, and others
- Supporting Harris County's community engagement meetings on the November bond propositions
- Attending annual luncheons for some of our favorite nonprofits, including Houston Habitat for Humanity, Houston Parks Board, and Memorial Park Conservancy
- Cutting the ribbon on the newest segment of Halls Bayou Greenway along with Houston Parks Board
- Accepting a Silver Quill Award of Merit from IABC Southern Region for our work on the Hemwick Place Asphalt Roadway Reconstruction Project with the Harris County Engineering Department
- Honoring Sheila Condon along with Houston's greenspace leaders at the 2022 Scenic Houston Dinner
Our team had a fantastic time celebrating Sheila Condon of Clark Condon Associates at the Scenic Houston 2022 Gala last night. What a wonderful way to honor her continuous service and impact on the planning and landscape of our Greater Houston community.
Elmore PR was delighted to join Scenic Houston for the 2022 Scenic Star Reception last week. The annual award program recognizes the individuals, organizations, and projects that help make Houston a more attractive place to live, work, and visit. Congratulations to the 2022 recipients, Hermann Park Conservancy and SPARK School Park Program, for the special recognition. We are lucky to live and work in a city that benefits from your incredible work!
Thank you Scenic Houston! SPARK is thrilled to be recognized!!!
Our very own Civic Arts Program Manager, Theresa Escobedo, will be speaking on an exciting panel on Wednesday, March 9! Visit the Scenic Houston website to register for this free event!

With public art springing up all over Houston, we were curious to know the cultural, social, and economic value it adds to our communities. Join panelists Elia Quiles, Co-Founder, UP Art Studio, Theresa Escobedo, Civic Arts Program Manager, Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and Alison Weaver, Executive Director of Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University for a lively conversation about this incredible movement and how it invigorates Houston's public spaces. Scenic Houston Board Member, Roger Soto, Design Principal with HOK, will moderate the discussion.
Please note that the event will be held virtually. An access link will be emailed to all registered participants 24-hours in advance.

Register at the link below or go to our story!
https://bit.ly/35dooK0

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The Harris County Historical Society is having Johnathan Day speak on October 12 WHO: The Harris County Historical Society
WHAT: "An Evening with Jonathan Day and Scenic Houston"
WHERE: The Comfort of your Own Home
WHEN: Tuesday October 12th beginning at 6:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7392177725

Meeting ID: 739 217 7725

By 1980, Houston was home to over 10,000 billboards, and was known in the press as the “Billboard Capital of the World.” Scenic Houston's focus is to battle this problem. A short bio of our October speaker can be found on their website- "For nearly four decades board member, Jonathan Day, has been the driving force behind many of Houston’s change-making, scenic initiatives. Jonathan’s 45-year long legal career, coupled with his leadership in the community, makes his recognition as August’s Scenic Citizen more than fitting. "During his tenure as Houston’s City Attorney, Jonathan developed the legislation that established Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO), the only major urban transit system in the nation that bans advertising on its vehicles and shelters. Jonathan was also influential in creating the Houston Parks Board and the Cultural Arts Council. He shaped the development of many of the city’s arts landmarks: Alley Theater, The Contemporary Arts Museum, Lawndale Arts Center, and Wortham Theater. Additionally, Jonathan chaired the capital campaign to rebuild Ripley House in the East End. It is Jonathan’s scenic vision that has kept him at the forefront of issues that impact Houston’s visual character. From the visual blight of billboards to graffiti to attention-getting devices, Jonathan has lent his expertise and leadership to address Houston’s public image nuances." At our October meeting, Jonathan Day will talk about his life's journey and the lasting impact his initiatives have had on the beauty of our City.
Great Meeting tonight. We covered upcoming neighborhood meetings and events, had a decent amount of speakers and updates from elected officials and public servants. And, we came together to support Scenic Houston's campaign against new LED billboards in Houston. See link if you care to support as an individual. Lastly, be safe out there, stay in if you can and turn around, don't drown.
Only four days left to register! We are looking forward to sharing our plans with you (virtually). Thanks again to Scenic Houston for hosting this event!
Our team worked with the East Downtown Management District and Scenic Houston to develop a gateway concept and streetscape plan for Pease Street between Ennis Street and Chartres Street.

As a gateway to downtown Houston, the design captures the essence of EaDo and provides an iconic welcome point for Houstonians and visitors alike. The design activates the corridor with kinetic movement as the corridor transitions from a vehicular scale near the freeway to a more pedestrian-oriented environment.

Gardens, art installations and signage tie the identity of the corridor together for a cohesive look that leaves an impression.

Concept design was completed in 2019. Implementation of the design is ongoing.



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Thank you Scenic Houston for organizing this virtual conversation about Memorial Park Conservancy's Master Plan!

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Join us on August 31st from 8-9:30 a.m. for an engaging conversation with Shellye Arnold, President & CEO of Memorial Park Conservancy, and Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principle at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, as they walk participants through Memorial Park’s Master Plan.

Moderated by Sarah Newbery, Director of Parks and Greenspace for the Kinder Foundation, panelists will discuss the Master Plan’s focus on connectivity and access, protecting and enhancing green infrastructure, preserving natural resources, revealing Houston’s history, and improving recreational assets and amenities for all park visitors.

Scenic Houston is thrilled to offer this education series at no cost to you! But we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support future education initiatives like this one.

Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3hUARWC

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