Stories like this really amuse me.
It's hard to imagine The Woodlands Waterway as a drainage ditch, but that's exactly what it was more than 30 years ago.
Today, the 1.25-mile linear park and pedestrian/transit corridor is the heart of a growing urban center.
Such urban centers -- high-density places where people like to gather -- are a burgeoning trend, particularly in suburban areas across the country.
''People in the suburbs are desperate for an interesting urban experience, a sense of community or civic place," said Alan Ward, principal of Sasaki Associates, an international urban design and planning firm based in Boston and San Francisco.
"Any escape might help to smooth the unattractive truth
But the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth"
Or, apparently, of not-so-youthful people, either.
Look, I'm happy that the Woodlands found a way to bring a little city charm to its suburban paradise, even if it's kind of a Disneyland "Main Street USA" thing. Who knows, maybe some folks there will eventually figure out that there's nothing like the real thing. In the meantime, have fun pretending you're in the city, Woodlanders.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 17, 2008 to Elsewhere in Houston