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For decades, Buffalo Bayou Park—adjacent to downtown but hidden by bridges and freeway overpasses—was neglected and overgrown. Now that it is being reclaimed, even canoeists are returning to the slow-moving bayou waters. (Buffalo Bayou Partnership/Tom Fox/SWA Group)Development

The Bayou City: Reclaiming Houston’s Signature Waterways

Across the United States, a number of cities are attempting to restore and rediscover their urban rivers. One of the most ambitious efforts is occurring in Houston, where Buffalo Bayou Park is undergoing a $58 million redevelopment to be completed this year.

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