This private street of brick-walled, courtyard-centered, row houses hardly looks radical. Yet it forecast the role Houston would increasingly play as a staging ground for inverting expectations about the relationship of urban development to historical experience. When Preston Bolton designed, developed, and built the complex, the row house was a house type without precedent in Houston. Architectural imagery served instead to code the urbanity of 5000 Longmont as “sophisticated,” appealing to a potential market of affluent singles, couples without children, and retirees.
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