The future of lower westheimer
Lower Westheimer has always been a unique, and diverse hub in Montrose. Recently, the City of Houston and the Montrose Management District have discussed improving the road conditions between Shepard Drive and Montrose Boulevard. Gensler’s By Design group identified this opportunity and proposes a design, that not only improves road conditions, but relieves traffic congestion, increases foot traffic, and generates more revenue for local businesses, all while preserving the Montrose / Westheimer culture.
The design is segmented into 4 different phases, each phase becoming more permanent and pedestrian friendly as they progress. Phase 1 implements simple, but impactful projects that can be completed in one weekend. Phase 2 solidifies these ideas, but also takes advantage of repurposing parking lots to introduce new programs and densify the site. Phase 3 introduces a central gondola system along Westheimer. Phase 4 expands this system into a loop that encompasses a large portion of the Montrose neighborhood. Additionally, the street transforms into a park, reinforcing the concept of walkable urban space in a city built exclusively for automobiles.
Team: Amanda Heineman, Kristin Jennings, Jong Kim, Laura Robinson