Sharring experiences in urban infrastructure delivery.

About This Site

The purpose of this blog is to share things learned by Tom Davis (me) in the public infrastructure and community improvement industry. At this time this blog will address primarily the past 10 years of my 39-year career where I have had the privilege of being part of the revitalization of downtown Houston, Texas.IMG_0028.jpg

The posts here are articles about features of downtown’s urban streetscape and contain descriptions of the improvements.  The hope is these descriptions help others add such amenities to their public space. The articles are assigned to different categories accessed with the menu on the left side of this page. There is overlap as some articles fall into multiple categories.

Artist created carved stone fountain and bench. Note mechanical vault hatch in foreground.


Please leave comments about your work and how additions added to the quality of your space. Share how they helped, or hindered, your maintenance of that quality. Leave a comment or contact me directly at the email address below.  Join the fight against uninspiring public spaces.

Please read the Credits page as there were many hands and hearts in making the space we call downtown Houston.

Tom Davis

3 Comments to “About This Site”

  1. Martha – I wish we had a spec for reuse of old brick that addresses the issues we encountered. I wrote this article to share ideas with others that want to reuse the old bricks but must write their own spec. The issue is that the standard spec for placing modern brick pavers does not address issues with bricks made 100+ years ago. The architect that says not to worry that “they will not accept it until it is right” is gambling with your money they can bluff their way into getting a good job. If it is spec’ed and detailed correctly there is no need to for the stand-off.

    I will be glad to review your consultant’s draft and offer my 2 cents.

  2. I appreciate what you’ve done here with this blog. I was searching for a recycle brick paver spec and saw your article, it will be helpful to us, we will be reconstructing the oldest street in our City and need specifications. If you are still associated with the City, possibly they could share it with us.
    Martha; St. Augustine, Florida


Leave a Reply