According to David Fields, the city’s chief transportation planner, a seven-block stretch of downtown Main Street is a perfect example of how Houston can redesign its roads.
A pedestrian square to the south. The Metropolitan Transit Authority red line runs down the center of the street. Diners eat outdoors in temporary seats set up on the uncrowded pavement. For about half a mile between Commerce and Rusk streets, the city is allowing restaurants and bars to build eating spaces and gathering areas on the street instead of car traffic.