Kinder Institute for Urban Research presents Urban Reads: Alexander Garvin

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Alexander Garvin: The Heart of the City (2019)
Photo courtesy of The Heart of the City (2019) I

As long as downtowns thrive, people can be certain of a prosperous and thrilling future for the American city. Some downtowns, including Uptown Houston and Atlanta’s Buckhead, have never stopped thriving. Others, such as downtown Detroit, have been in decline for half a century. A third trajectory includes downtowns such as lower Manhattan and downtown Los Angeles that were once on the decline and are now resurgent.

Why are some downtowns in trouble while others are thriving? And what does it take to ensure a healthy future for the heart of America’s cities?  Distinguished urban planner Alexander Garvin will answer these questions and lay out concrete recommendations to help Houston and other downtowns thrive.

Copies of Garvin’s new book, The Heart of the City: Creating Vibrant Downtowns for a New Century, will be sold on-site. A book signing will follow the program.

Event Details



BioScience Research Collaborative - Rice University
6500 Main St.
Houston, TX 77030


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Admission is free.