|Discovery Green Park|
|Discovery Green Fountain|
|Entrance to Underground Parking|
Discovery Green Park
Our guide, William Flowers, gave us an excellent tour that was both informative about the park and about real estate in general. Mr. Flowers talked about the 'power of 10' as in you need 10 or more things to do in an area before a location reaches a tipping point and becomes vital to a neighborhood. Discovery Green is adjacent to downtown and the George R. Brown Convention Center -- a pretty impressive piece of real estate. The total cost to acquire the land for Discovery Green Park was approximately $57 million, and the total cost to build the park was an estimated $125 million. Some might argue that's too much money for a 12 acre park, but the park is now a real estate linkage and anchor for downtown development. Furthermore, Discovery Green Park plays a giant role in the 'power of 10' idea and probably should count as more than one of the ten places needed to build a vital community because of its size and because there are so many different things to do in the park. In the first three years, for example, Discovery Green, a public-private partnership, welcomed more than three million visitors and hosted more than 800 public and private events. A Houston resident or tourist could visit Discovery Green Park to play, watch a concert, see the artwork such as the Monument Au Fantome, exercise (classes open to the public are held weekly), eat lunch (on-site restaurant), meditate under the trees, read (there is a small library component on site), play in the very cool water fountain (we saw some kids playing in the fountain during our visit), attend a wedding, or ice skate in the winter time. As you can see, Discovery Green operates within the 'power of 10' principle. The park's design is very linear with curves placed strategically throughout the park and Margo Sawyer, a well-known artist, designed the very trendy above ground entrances to the underground parking. From the open space to the mature trees to its curvilinear design, Discovery Green Park is really something -- the park's designers did a great job. I liked the park from the moment I arrived. To top off our park tour, Mr. Flowers encouraged our group to stop and admire the amazing view of downtown Houston from the park - truly incredible. The idea of the 'power of 10' stuck with me throughout our site visit and made me think about how else the power of 10 principle might apply to different aspects of real estate.
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