This month I’m designing “Virtual Houston” in 3D including key components to represent the world class city* I’ve lived in for 25 years. Elements include:
. Energy Corridor (petrochemical business)
. Port of Houston / Houston Ship Channel (transport)
. Galveston Island / Tourism (some of Galveston is in SL already)
. Downtown (business, arts, culture, philanthropy)
. Baytown (petrochemical manufacturing)
. Youth Programs (GSJC, SHAC, YMCA)
. Katy / West Houston / Heights / Kingwood (residential, local arts)
. Symphony/Theatre/Opera (national arts)
. Museum District
. Medical Center
. Rice University / University of Houston (higher education)
. Parks / Greenbelts
In discussing this with folks different interesting points come up:
. In these days when it’s difficult enough to know your immediate neighbors, how can you get a sense of “the spirit of greater Houston” imbued in over 2 million people living in over 600 square miles?
. The City of Cleveland and my alma mater, CWRU, created “Virtual Cleveland” in 3D two years ago. It includes downtown and university buildings and the Rock and Roll Museum. I’m working on the university to hold Alum meetings in-world .
* Houston is #75 of 130 world wide; and #7 of 14 US. Ahead of Houston are: Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Dallas (ow!), Boston, and Miami. After Houston are: San Jose, Minneapolis, Seattle, Philadelphia, Detroit, and San Diego.