- Today, Houston's mayor Bill White officially announced a novel program to embrace "New Weather Urbanism" as a model for Houston. "For too long, we've allowed uncontrolled sprawling temperatures to dictate how we live. No more. From now on, we will be actively encouraging a more compact range of temperatures for our city – ideally between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit," he said. "And the afternoon thunderstorms? We're definitely going to reign those in."
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Houston is the largest city in America without zoning, and they don't plan to use it in this program. Instead, "form-based weather design guidelines" will be set, allowing for some flexibility. "Sunny, partly cloudy, overcast, even a gentle rain shower from time to time – all will be acceptable within the city limits – but extremes of heat, cold, and rain will not be tolerated," said Guy Hagstette, Mayor Bill White's special assistant for urban design.
Houston's "New Weather Urbanism"
On the lighter side of things, here's an April Fools' take on the latest urban planning innovation: