Urban Design/Mixed-Use

Bagby Street

Houston, Texas

Delivering the first GreenRoad Certified project in Texas

Like most downtowns that expanded after the WWII era, downtown Houston became a major office environment that required massive roads to get workers in and out of the city. One of these roads, Bagby Street, was a four-lane thoroughfare that moved cars, lots of them and in one direction. Additionally, Bagby Street was identified as a route for a new regional stormwater system that would help alleviate upstream drainage issues in downtown by conveying stormwater through it to the Buffalo Bayou.

Working with Midtown District and the City, Bagby Street was repurposed for regional drainage and as a complete street. The new design created open rain gardens along the wider sidewalks which enable water to be cleansed of 93% of the oil and grease from the roadway, improving the water quality in the bayou downstream. Because of Bagby’s success, the project was awarded the first GreenRoads certification in Texas and it has become the model for other complete streets in downtown.


  • 2014 International Making Cities Livable, LLC, Active Mobility/Complete Streets Award
  • 2013 APWA Texas (American Public Works Association), Project of the Year
  • 2014 Greenroad®, Silver Certified Greenroad®
  • 2014 Roads & Bridges Magazine, Top 10 Elite Roads (#5)
  • 2016 Center for Active Design, Award of Excellence
  • 2014 ASLA Texas, Award of Excellence
  • 2014 CNU (Congress for New Urbanism), Charter Award
  • 2015 Environmental Design Research Association, Great Places Awards
  • 2014 ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies), National Honor Award
  • Landscape Architecture Foundation, Performance Case Study


Walter P. Moore