Downtown Houston is experiencing a renaissance. It is quickly becoming a place to live, work, and, more recently, play. There are over 100 restaurants and bars, 5 performance halls, 14 hotels, 2 new sports stadiums, 6 parks, a movie theater and much more. One area it lacks, however, is a museum.
For downtown Houston to really develop into a destination for residents and tourists alike, there have to be cultural activities that the entire family can enjoy. Right now, most of the entertainment is geared towards an evening crowd over the age of 21. For families, there isn\'t much to do. A museum would attract throngs of families and travelers and encourage them to stay longer, further boosting the downtown economy.
Museums are enriching institutions. They make us think and sometimes they reveal worlds we\'ve never seen before. They help us feel. Their insight teaches us the importance of compassion and understanding. Museums go beyond the normal day-to-day and sometimes show us unimaginable beauty and vision. They are the institutions that display the endeavors of society, present and past. And, finally, museums are just plain fun!
We need a museum in downtown Houston. Some ideas for the museum include: a museum devoted to the history of Houston and Texas; a museum devoted to Texas architecture and design with workshops and labs for architects, planners, and members of the community to hold meetings devoted to Houston
This effort is made by a group of individuals from the community dedicated to the progress of the arts and culture in downtown Houston.
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The mayor of Houston, Bill White - http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/citygovt/mayor Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee - http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov Councilwoman Carol Alvarado - http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/citygovt/council/i.htm Houston City Council - http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/citygovt/council Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau - http://www.houston-guide.com Greater Houston Partnership - http://www.houston.org Houston Downtown Alliance - http://www.downtownhouston.org Houston Downtown Management District - http://www.downtowndistrict.org Houston Theater District - http://www.houstontheaterdistrict.org Texas Department of Economic Development, Tourism Division - http://www.traveltex.com Museum of Fine Arts Houston - http://www.mfah.org Contemporary Arts Museum - http://www.camh.org The Menil Collection - http://www.menil.org Houston Center for Contemporary Craft - http://www.crafthouston.org Houston Center for Photography - http://www.hcponline.org Lawndale Art Center - http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org Diverseworks - http://www.diverseworks.org Art Car Museum - http://www.artcarmuseum.com Rice University School of Architecture - http://www.ricegallery.org University of Houston School of Architecture/Design - http://www.arch.uh.edu/home/index.html University of St. Thomas - http://www.stthom.edu/ Texas Southern University - http://www.tsu.edu High School for the Performing and Visual Arts - http://www.hspva.org Cultural Arts Council of Houston/ Harris County - http://www.cachh.org The Heritage Society - http://www.heritagesociety.org George Ranch Historical Park - http://www.georgeranch.org
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