'Green Loop' could replace I-45 downtown in the future

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A civic group is pushing for the development of a 5-mile green space that will encircle downtown Houston. (KTRK)

Houston could be getting more green spaces downtown for its 200th birthday if the authors of a proposal known as "Plan Downtown" get their way.

A group led by partner organizations along with city, county and community leaders are pushing for a proposed Green Loop if TxDOT reroutes I-45 to the east side of downtown.

The result would be a 5-mile system of trails, parks and civic spaces, such as libraries, schools and community centers.

The project also seeks to protect the city by absorbing stormwater, reducing the rise of floodwaters in the streets during flash flooding events.

PHOTOS: A closer look at the 'Green Loop' proposal


"Where a gray loop of 20th century infrastructure currently defines these edges, a 'green loop' comprised of green spaces and trails will stimulate development of prime opportunity sites, offer new multi-functional open spaces that manage water, and provide recreational and public assembly opportunities," the proposal states.

You can click here to see the full "Plan Downtown" proposal.

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