ULI Spring Meeting in Houston (May 2015)

Aptly named “Space City” (although, alas, not referring to real estate), Houston inaugurated the WDC event calendar. An evening dinner at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop in the Midtown neighborhood preceded a morning tour by local developer Joy Horak-Brown, president and CEO of New Hope Housing, who guided members through several of her affordable housing/SRO projects. Highlights included Canal Street Apartments (A ULI Development of Distinction award winner) and Brays Crossing (winner of both the ULI Development of Distinction and an International Award of Excellence). Both projects exhibit an architectural distinction not customarily associated with affordable housing and SRO development. Our time in Houston concluded with lunch at a local Mexican favorite and Joy’s guided tour of the city.