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Texas experienced unprecedented economic growth during the automobile era, with a vast highway network developing across the state as a result.  Scenic Texas has worked successfully for years to encourage landscaping of Texas highways and to foster context-sensitive design of highway construction projects.  However, the visual quality of many Texas roadways has deteriorated because of the proliferation of billboards.  Scenic Texas works to reduce billboard blight in Texas, and to stop the construction of new billboards wherever possible.  Scenic Texas is committed to restoring a positive image and preserving the legendary vistas that have made the Lone Star State famous.

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20 Texas Cities Earn Scenic City Certification in 2015

Twenty (20) Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas in 2015. Seven are certified for the first time, and 13 are re-certifying their status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 58. Read the full press release here.

Cities earning first-time certification or re-certification in 2015 include:

Bastrop
Belton
College Station
Cuero
Georgetown
Granbury
Grapevine
Horseshoe Bay
Irving
Magnolia
Missouri City
Nassau Bay
Pflugerville
Pilot Point
Prosper
Sealy
South Padre Island
Sugar Land
Westlake
West Lake Hills

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Galveston Hosts Presentation on Secrets of Successful Cities

Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow for the Urban Land Institute and former Scenic America President, spoke to Galveston elected officials and residents on Monday, May 11 about careful development.

Click here to view Ed’s presentation.

News articles:

http://www.galvnews.com/business/free/article_e77180a8-f9f2-11e4-8158-bb2e31546ae2.html

http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/editorials/free/article_7df96d08-f9f1-11e4-a48c-8bef1b486bcb.html

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Texas Highway Design Standards Recognized by Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Department of Transportation recognizes the Texas Department of Transportation in its recently released “Rhode Island Highways-Best Practices Design Guide.” The Guide highlights TxDOT’s  use of signature details and wildflower plantings, and prohibition on vegetation control for sign visibility. 

To view the Guide, link to Rhode Island Highways: Best Practices Design Guide.

 

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